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Mark Foster leads at foggy Gleneagles
August 26, 2011

England’s Mark Foster shot a 6-under 66 to lead the Johnnie Walker Championship after an incomplete first round full of fog and swarming wasps.

The start was delayed by 2 hours, 40 minutes because of reduced visibility, and 51 players will have to complete their first round early Friday.

Foster held a one-shot lead over Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and Argentina’s Tano Goya.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, Ireland’s Peter Lawrie and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar were 4 under.

Foster has held the lead, or a share of the lead, at various stages of three tournaments this season—the French Open, the BMW International Open and the Scottish Open—but never managed to back up his win at the 2003 Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

“That could have been a special first nine holes because I three-putted the par-5 No. 16,” said Foster, who is likely to make the Britain & Ireland team for next month’s Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris.

“I just have a bit more belief in myself this year. It sounds strange but I have stopped trying to win. I’ve stopped pitching up on a Tuesday thinking about winning—I just want to be the best I can for the week.”

Foster was among a number of players affected by swarms of wasps and hover flies across the course.

“Two of the three (in his group) backed off before every shot,” he said.


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