Bogeys on the fifth and seventh at the Barclays Scottish Open in Loch Lomond this morning saw Dubliner Paul McGinley slip from sharing top spot to lie tied for third as he turned for home.
With McGinley on six under, one behind top trio including overnight leader Richard Green of Australia, were Rod Pampling and Sunday’s French Open winner Martin Kaymer.
Adam Scott, watched by tennis star girlfriend Ana Ivanovic, joined Green and Martin Fraser on seven below.
Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter were to resume in the afternoon on three and two under, but whether they would have Lee Westwood as the third member of their group remained to be seen.
Westwood described himself as “stupid” for playing the first round with a chest infection that had prevented him sleeping and had a decision to take on teeing off again with The Open less than a week away.
Darren Clarke was having a rollercoaster morning, climbing to five under with a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th, but hooking his drive into the water down the 18th for a double bogey.
An early exit meanwhile looked a near certainty for Colin Montgomerie.
Europe’s Ryder Cup captain has not had a top-10 finish for over a year and his form deserted him again when he resumed in joint 112th place.
He needed to climb into the leading 65 and ties to qualify for the closing 36 holes, but instead he crashed to joint 141st of the 156-strong with a back-nine 38.