Published November 20, 2014
Mark Foster came out of a lengthy fog under 66 and grab the lead during the suspended first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Play was delayed for nearly three hours to start, forcing the golfers to remain on the course all the way until sunset. If Foster's round of eight birdies and two bogeys holds up, it will be his first lead since holding the 54-hole advantage at both the BMW International Open and French Open.
Foster went on to lose both events and is still in search of his first win on tour since 2003. He also led by three at last year's Open de Espana, but missed several short putts late to fall just short.
"I learned a lot from that," Foster said. "I would say I lost that tournament through nerves really, just not controlling myself."
Foster, who actually got to seven-under at one point at The Gleneagles Hotel, the site of the 2014 Ryder Cup, thought he could have been better.
"All of a sudden, going back to (five-under) you don't think you're going any good," he said of the two bogeys on his final nine holes. "You're still five- under-par starting the tournament, which is a great position to be in."
Ignacio Garrido and Tano Goya share second after shooting matching five-under 67s. Garrido is chasing his third win and, like Foster, first since 2003, while Goya has one win under his belt at the 2009 Madeira Islands Open.
Peter Lawrie, Felipe Aguilar and Thomas Bjorn sit two shots off the lead after finishing their rounds at minus-four.
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