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Jaidee and Noren lead in Scotland

FIRST ROUND LEADERBOARD: GB & Irl unless stated
-7 T Jaidee (Tha), A Noren (Swe) -6 A Cabrera (Arg) -5 N Fasth (SA), G Houston, J Bickerton
Selected others: -4 L Westwood (Den), P McGinley, M Jonzon (Swe) -3 J Gallagher (am), D Drysdale, P Lawrie, R Fisher - 2 C Montgomerie, I Poulter


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Scottish Open: Day one round-up

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Sweden's Alexander Noren hold a one-shot lead after the first round of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.

Thongchai and Noren made light work of the rain-soaked conditions to hit a seven-under-par round of 64.

The pair are one ahead of 2007 US Open champion Angel Cabrera, while John Bickerton, Garry Houston and Niclas Fasth are a shot further behind.

Scotland's David Drysdale, Paul Lawrie and John Gallagher are on three-under.

Lee Westwood, who occupies top spot in the Ryder Cup points list, and former Scottish Open champions Thomas Levet of France and Swede Johan Edfors were among a cluster of players on four-under, three shots off the leading pair.

Jaidee pleased with Scottish Open start

Thongchai, who has missed four cuts in his last eight European Tour events, regained the form that helped him win back-to-back Malaysian Opens in 2004 and 2005.

"Last week I missed the cut (at the European Open) and I had 34 putts the first round, 33 the second," he said. "I was hitting good shots but scoring bogeys.

"But with my coach I've done a lot of work on my ball positioning and I think I'm lining putts up much better now. I feel a lot more comfortable on the greens."

European Open winner Ross Fisher and home favourite Colin Montgomerie ended the day on two-under, carding rounds of 69.

I'm looking forward to day two and a round in the low 60s can get me back into the tournament

Phil Mickelson

Elsewhere Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els both struggled to make their mark on the leaderboard at Loch Lomond, Mickelson carding a level par 71 and a frustrated Els dropping two shots in his last three holes to finish one over.

"Right now I should not even play on Friday, that's how I feel," said Els, twice a winner here and third last year.

"I played some good stuff and bad stuff and probably could have finished two under quite easily but it was tough."

Mickelson added: "I just couldn't get the ball to drop but I fought hard to get it round near par.

"After a three-week lay-off I sometimes have trouble with my putting in the first round back but I'm looking forward to day two and a round in the low 60s can get me back into the tournament."




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