Perhaps inspired by the dominant performance of fellow UK mate Rory McIlroy at last week’s Open Championship, three other natives of the United Kingdom are at the top of the leader board after 18 holes of the M2M Russian Open being played in Moscow.
Leading the charge is Britain’s David Horsey, who used three birdies in his last four holes to finish the round at 7-under, alone in first place. Horsey, 29, has two career European Tour titles under his belt. He was 5-under on the back nine and did not record a single bogey in the round.
Two Scots are tied for second at 6-under: Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford.
Jamieson, who played alongside Horsey on Thursday and will so again Friday, also shot a bogey-free round, and enjoyed an eagle 3 on the 564-yard No. 5.
Whiteford, ranked 540th in the world, overcame two bogeys by firing four birdies on the front nine and four more on the back.
Although there are not a lot of marquee names in the field, the finish could be integral to the Race to Dubai hopes of several players on that competition’s fringe.
The Top 60 players on the tour in terms of prize money won receiving a date to Dubai. Horsey is 82nd on that list and Jamieson 86th.
Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Maximillian Kieffer of Germany are among a group of eight men tied for fourth at 5-under. Pieters is 78th in the Race to Dubai, Kieffer 96th.