Foster takes clubhouse lead at foggy Gleneagles

Foster takes clubhouse lead at foggy Gleneagles

Mark Foster grabbed the first-round lead with a six-under 66 before play was suspended due to rain.
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GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — 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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