Familiar feeling for Fowler at Gullane

12 July 2018 15:18:41 EST

Rickie Fowler is just one shot off the lead after the opening round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane.

The American won this event in 2015 the last time it was staged at Gullane and Fowler was out of the blocks quickly as he carded five birdies, a single bogey and an eagle in his opening round.

That was enough to see Fowler signing for a six-under par 64, one shot back from overnight leader Luke List.

It's just fun. Especially once the wind starts to blow a bit

Rickie Fowler

After a hat-trick of gains from the second, Fowler drove the par four sixth and holed his putt for eagle as he raced to the turn in 30. Despite failing to make more hay on the back nine, with conditions near perfect, Fowler was delighted with his start.

"I love playing links golf and being able to use your imagination and hit different shots," said Fowler.

"I feel like this golf course, you go around and you hit pretty much every club in your bag. You hit driver quite a bit.

"It's just fun. Especially once the wind starts to blow a bit."

He is one of five players sharing second spot. England's Lee Westwood and Robert Rock are also there, alongside Jens Dantorp of Sweden and Spaniard Scott Fernandez.

Unsurprisingly in the conditions, scoring was low on day one. Eight players signed for 65, two off the lead, with Masters champion Patrick Reed amongst them.

Another former Augusta winner, Danny Willett, shot 66 on Thursday where he was joined by last week's Irish Open hero Russell Knox and Ian Poulter, amongst others, with 26 players separated by four shots after day one.

Fowler is 400/1 to win at Gullane this week, with Reed now 2000/1 and Knox 4000/1 to go back-to-back after his memorable Ballyliffin success on Sunday.

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