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Friday, 19 March 2010
Scotland's Russell Weir produced one of the hottest scoring streaks on this year’s European Seniors Tour when he came home in a spectacular seven under par 29 to record a 66 and open a two shot lead after the first round of the Temes Seniors Open at the Glyfada Golf Course in Greece.

Weir, 50, the club pro at Cowal, who joined the European Seniors Tour two months ago after winning over 100 events on the Tartan Tour, bogeyed the second hole to go out in one over par 37 but then recorded six birdies and an eagle on the 494-yard par-5 15th to storm home in a 29 that could have been one shot better but for a bogey on the 433-yard par-4 14th hole.

The Scottish former PGA Cup player goes into the second round two shots ahead of New Zealand's Simon Owen and Australians, David Good and Randall Vines, with Australia's Noel Ratcliffe and New Zealand's Barry Vivian tied on three under par 69 alongside Englishmen John Morgan and Paul Herbert, Americans Jerry Bruner and Jeff Van Wagenen, Northern Ireland's Paul Leonard. Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge.

England's Tommy Horton and Jim Rhodes share thirteenth place with America's Rick Uhlir on two under par 70.

Weir came to Greece attempting to win the £3,000 or so he needs to avoid having to go to this year's European Seniors Tour Qualifying School but he might have to re-evaluate his goals after one of the best back nines he has ever recorded.

"I remember I scored a 28 during a Kenyan Open back at the start of the 1990s but under the circumstances this has got to be even better than that," said the Scot.

"My sole goal when I came out here was to avoid having to go to the Qualifying School but if I can keep this up who knows what is going to happen."

Weir's biggest challenger might well turn out to be either Australia's David Good or New Zealand's Simon Owen, two of the most consistent performers on this season's European Seniors Tour.

Good, 53, from Mornington, Victoria, won his first Seniors Tour title at the recent Legends in Golf tournament at Crayestein GC in Holland and has also notched a further six top-10 finishes on his way to accumulating 139,492 euro (£87,386) on the official European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.

Owen, 50, the runner up to Jack Nicklaus at the 1970 Open at St Andrews, has still to win his maiden Seniors Tour title but he has claimed seven top-10s finishes since joining the Tour at the start of this season and has now been firmly installed as the favourite to succeed Brazil's Priscillo Diniz and win the 2001 Ping European Seniors Tour Rookie of the Year award.

At the other end of the spectrum, Vines, 56, a winner of three events on the European Tour, arrived in Greece attempting to kick start a miserable season in which his best finish to date was a share of 29th place at the Scottish Seniors Open at The Roxburghe.

“It has been very disappointing,” said the man languishing in 62nd place on the Order of Merit with 18,249 euro (£11,432). “I haven’t played well but a few round like this could let me squeeze into the top-50 and secure a reasonable card for next season.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MORGAN, JohnENG18-6
2MOSEY, IanENG18-5
3HORTON, TommyENG18-4
4DAVIS, RodgerAUS181
5WEIR, RussellSCO18-14
6GOOD, DavidAUS18-13
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