Russian Open. David Horsey Leads. July 24 2014
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David carded a flawless opening round of -7 under par 65, to lead the M2M Russian Open by one shot in Moscow." It was very solid, I birdied the first and then had a few shaky holes where I managed to scramble pars with eight to ten-footers." “After that it was flawless and probably could’ve been a few better. It was a bit breezier this afternoon, but I was just trying to concentrate on giving myself opportunities to make birdie." “I’ve been working hard on my swing over the last nine or ten months and it’s been a bit inconsistent. The good stuff’s really good, but there are inconsistencies and a lack of confidence with it, which I guess comes with the territory when you try to change something.” Second place is being shared between Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford at -6 under par following their first rounds of 66. Scott has played really well of late, and hopes to continue his good form here; “I played really well in Paris, the best I’ve played all season, and then had another good week in Scotland to get in The Open. Unfortunately I didn’t play well at Hoylake. It was difficult as I played late on the first day when the wind had got up and it was difficult to get at pins." “I wasn’t on the fairway enough either. When I was hitting from the fairway I felt in complete control, but that didn’t happen often enough. Fortunately the fairways are nice and wide here in Russia." “This week you have to get in a different mind-set. At The Open, although you’re hopeful of doing well, you have relatively low expectations as you’re up against the best players in the world." “This week the field is completely different and expectations are much higher, but you have to manage those expectations and not get down on yourself if you’re not leading from the first day. You just have to play your normal game and not worry about much else. I always tend to play better if I’m not expecting too much of myself.” I guess what Scott was really trying to say was that the best players in the world are not supporting this tournament, probably because of the war with the Ukraine. Not to mention the Russians shooting down the Malaysian passenger jet.