Ryder Cup teammates Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood reunited in East Lothian -9 L Westwood (Eng); -8 A Bjork (Swe), J Luiten (Ned); -7 S Jamieson (Sco); -6 R Rock (Eng), K Samooja (Fin); C Lee (Sco); -5 M Kinhult (Swe), L. Herbert (Aus), W Ormsby (Aus), MW Lee (Aus). Selected others: -4 I Poulter (Eng); -2 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng); E P Harington (Ire); +1 M Kaymer (Ger); +3 R MacIntyre (Sco) Full Classification
Lee Westwood took full advantage of the benign afternoon conditions when he achieved an excellent nine- under-par 62 for a one-off lead at the Scottish Open.
The opening round of the 1998 Champion at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian included eagles in par-five third – where he came within inches of an albatross – and seventh.
Alexander Bjork and Joost Luiten share second place, with Scott Jamieson from Scotland one more shot back.
"It was fun," said Westwood.
"First and foremost, we had a little luck with the best side of the draw, but you still have to make hay while the sun is shining or the wind is falling and I did.
"I had to be disciplined at the US Open and I just tried to get my hat on here, knocking out some flags and attacking others.
Australian Min-Woo Lee set an early clubhouse goal of 66, but was revised when Westwood finished strong with four birdies in five holes from 12.
Fellow Englishman and Ryder Cup colleague Ian Poulter is five strokes off the lead, while Tommy Fleetwood – the highest placed player in the field – is second below Matthew Fitzpatrick and Graham McDowell.
Robert MacIntyre of Scotland carded a triple-bogey six on the penultimate hole as he struggled to a 74, while fellow countryman Paul Lawrie is better off in his 620th and final European Tour event.
Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger is eight shots behind Westwood after day one.