Monty one off the lead in French challenge
SCOTLAND’S Colin Montgomerie was just one shot off the pace in the early stages of the Alstom Open de France today.
The winning European Ryder Cup captain, who started at the 10th, opened with a par before moving into red figures with a birdie two at the 11th.
A par at the third left Montgomerie on one-under-par just one shot behind a cluster of players on two under.
Christian Nilsson, of Swed e n , I r e l a n d ’ s D a mi e n McGrane, England’s David Lynn, Pablo Larrazabal of Spain and Danish pair Jeppe Huldahl Soren Kjeldsen were all on two-under.
Germany’s Martin Kaymer joined Montgomerie on one under after he also birdied the 11th.
Montgomerie’s fellow Scot Peter Whiteford was level par through three while David Drysdale was one shot further back after four holes.
Stephen Gallacher was one over through four holes.
Aberdeen’s Richie Ramsay, Italian Matteo Manassero and Darren Clarke, of Northern Ireland were among the later starters.
American Bubba Watson, making a rare appearance in Europe, was also one of the afternoon starters.
IN THE SILVER: From left, European Tour chief executive George O’Grady, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and Ian Stuart, head of Barclays Corporate UK, unveil the new trophy for the Scottish Open.