Scotland's Mike Miller and Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge both recorded five under par 67s to open a one shot lead heading into the second round of the inaugural STC Bovis Lend Lease European Invitational over the famous Duke's course at Woburn GC.
Miller and Cambridge, who are both chasing their first European Seniors Tour titles, carded eleven birdies between them to finish the round one shot ahead of Japan's Seiji Ebihara, Australia's David Good and America's Tommy Price and two shots in front of Englishmen, Tommy Horton and John Morgan, Canada's Glenn MacDonald and Australia's Ratcliffe.
Miller, 50, a former Scottish amateur international from Torrance, near Glasgow, started his Seniors Tour career in spectacular fashion when he carded a nine under par 63 on his way to finishing tied third at this year’s Beko Classic in Turkey but then struggled for a while after becoming too engrossed in his technique.
"I was becoming far too technical," Miller said after returning a card that contained six birdies and just one solitary bogey on the 440-yard par-4 12th hole. "My mind was completely cluttered up with a mass of swing thoughts and it wasn't until I decided to relax and let the swing happen that I started to see better results again."
Cambridge, 51, who was born in Jamaica but now lives in Orlando, Florida, has posted seven top-10 finishes during a highly successful rookie season but has indicated he will not be completely satisfied until he has registered his first European Seniors Tour win.
"That was my goal when I came over here after getting my Card at last year's Qualifying School in Spain," he said. "I've been really pleased with the way that I've been playing but I won't feel I have made it until I have won.”
The Jamaican came to Woburn to play a practice round prior to this year's Senior British Open at Royal Co. Down and he fell in love with the Duke’s course at first sight.
"I knocked it round in 65 that day and have been looking forward to coming back ever since. It's a great course and I really feel comfortable on it."
Cambridge recorded five birdies and did not drop a single shot and another man to record a faultless round was the resurgent Tommy Horton, who has been plagued by eye problems all season, but who claimed three birdies and 15 pars in a fine round of 69.
The gutsiest round of the day came from Australia’s David Good, winner of the recent Legends in Golf event at Crayestein GC in Holland, who started with a double bogey on the 385-yard par-4 first and a bogey on the 134-yard par-3 second but then registered eight birdies to finish with a 68 that left in with a great chance to claim his second European Seniors Tour title.
Scottish rookie, John Chillas, the club pro at Stirling GC, would certainly have accepted the birdie four that Good claimed on the 514-yard 18th hole. Chillas, who made his European Seniors Tour debut while finishing tied tenth at last week’s Scottish Seniors Open at The Roxburghe, boarded the final tee at four under par but then hit his drive out of bounds down the left and went on to registered a double bogey eight that dropped him into a share of 10th place alongside compatriot, Russell Weir, Australia’s Bob Shearer and Trevor Downing, Sweden’s Antero Baburin, Italy’s Renato Campagnoli and Spain’s Antonio Garrido.
“It was a disappointing finish,” Chillas confirmed. “In fact, all I succeeded in doing was giving three shots back to the field.”