Senior Open: Stephen Ames leads as Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington impress at Gleneagles | Golf News

Clarke one off the pace and Harrington two behind after a low-scoring first round at Gleneagles; Watch the second round of the Senior Open live Friday from noon via the red button and 1pm on Sky Sports Golf

Last update: 07/21/22 8:16 p.m.

Darren Clarke is an early leader in Scotland

Former Ryder Cup captains Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington both got off to strong starts at the Senior Open, as Stephen Ames and Glen Day set the tone in Scotland.

Ames had an eagle and four birdies in a bogeyless 64 at Gleneagles, later matched by Day after a last-hole eagle, giving the pair a one-shot advantage over the five-under group containing Clarke and the 2016 champion Paul Broadhurst.

Clarke birdied on three of his last five holes to score a five under 65, while Broadhurst recovered from playing his first five holes in three to post an eagle and six birdies to close in on one heads.

Paul Broadhurst aims for a third senior major title

Paul Broadhurst aims for a third senior major title

Jerry Kelly birdied his final five holes and Kent Jones got off to a bogey-free start to complete the quartet tied for second, with Harrington twice alongside Ernie Els and Thongchai Jaidee after a first-round 66.

“I’m happy with the scoreline,” Harrington said. “I putt well and my putter saved me most of the day, but I was just hesitant with my iron shots in particular.”

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Ames birdied on the fifth and drilled an eight-foot eagle on the tenth after an impressive approach into the par five, with the Canadian following back-to-back gains from the 13 by birdie two-putts at the par five last.

“No mistakes, lots of fairways, lots of greens and gave myself lots of opportunities which you have to do here I guess,” Ames said. I’m very happy with how the year went and I played very well.”

2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn and four-time winner Bernhard Langer are within three of first place, with DP World Tour legends Miguel Angel Jimenez and Paul Lawrie both starting with an under-69.

Colin Montgomerie is in group par and 2014 captain Paul McGinley opened with one of 71, while former PGA champion and Sky Sports pundit Rich Beem is tied for 133rd after failed to find a birdie on his first round 77.

Watch the Senior Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues Friday from noon via the red button, before moving to Sky Sports Golf from 1pm.

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