Andrew Oldcorn leads the home challenge in the SSE Scottish Senior Open after the 52 year old went back to basics following a frustrating performance in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex.
The former PGA Champion missed the cut by one shot at Turnberry three weeks ago and decided to hit the practice ground to ensure his form improved for this week’s tournament at Fairmont St Andrews.
Oldcorn opened with a bogey-free 67 to sit one shot behind leading pair Marc Farry and Anders Forsbrand.
“After playing so poorly at Turnberry I was able to put in so much work, put it behind me and concentrate on playing well here even though I haven’t done well here in the past.
“The Senior Open was as big a downer as I’ve had my whole career. I’ve missed the cut by a shot before but it was just how poorly I played. I’ve played as poorly in the Senior Open for three years in a row now, and I had to get to the bottom of that.
“Birkdale’s my favourite course in all of Britain so I’ll look to that next year. But it’s been the biggest disappointment of my career.
“The solution was just to get back on the bike, and work hard before coming here. I went to King Acre where I’m attached to and just worked on things. I spent three hours at a time, which is a lot for me, double sessions sometimes, and I’ve never done that before. But it was the only way to work myself back to where I wanted to be.”
Joining Oldcorn in tied third position is Carl Mason, the most successful player in Senior Tour history, and the Englishman is targeting a victory this week to complete a personal tick-list.
“I've won the Welsh, the English and the Irish on the Senior Tour and it would be nice to win this one and complete the set.”