Scott Drummond, who played amateur golf for England then adopted his father’s Scottish nationality, shares the lead with Sweden’s Eric Carlberg after the first round of the San Paolo Vita Open in Italy. They are on five-under-par 67, a shot clear of English duo Gary Clark and Chris Gane and Dutchman Robert Jan Derksen.
Drummond, 26, was an England international in 1995 and has been playing mostly on the Mastercard Tour this year. He also wears a ‘not sponsored’ logo on his golf shirts and caps in an effort to seek a sponsor to back his bid to play more permanently on the Challenge Tour.
Carlberg, currently 27th on the Challenge Tour rankings, was seeking a fast start to his bid to climb into the top 15 and he got it in the sunshine of Margara.
On the other hand, Clark, currently ranked 45th, is looking to strengthen his position in order to avoid having to pre-qualify for the Tour School. The same applies to Derksen, currently 48th.
Two men who don’t have such worries are Henrik Stenson and David Higgins, the top two on the rankings, Both are assured of their tour cards for next year but are locked in a head-to-head battle for the No.1 spot.
Ireland’s Higgins carded a 69 at Margara while Stenson is just behind on 70, while three other players in the current top 15, Carlos Rodiles from Spain, Sweden’s Johan Rystrom, and Shaun Webster of England, also signed for 69s.