The Associated Press

GULLANE, Scotland — American golfer Luke List equaled the Gullane course record with a 7-under-par 63 to start the Scottish Open on Thursday.

List moved into the lead with his ninth birdie on the 15th hole and held it to finish the round ahead by one stroke.

He was followed by five players in a tie for second; Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Robert Rock, Scott Fernandez of Spain and Jens Dantorp of Sweden.

Fowler raised the prospect of recording the first 59 in European Tour history after five birdies and an eagle took him to 7 under after 12 holes.

But a bogey on the 13th was followed by five straight pars as the inward nine played much harder back into the wind.

Reed also raced to the turn in 29 before coming home in 36.

“I love playing links golf and being able to use your imagination and hit different shots,” said Fowler, whose victory at Gullane in 2015 prompted the members to rename the clubhouse bar in his honor. “I feel like this golf course, you go around and you hit pretty much every club in your bag.”

Rock carded six birdies in a bogey-free round as he looks to secure one of the three places available in next week’s British Open for players finishing in the top 10 who are not otherwise exempt.

Wheatcroft shoots career-best round: SILVIS, Ill. — Steve Wheatcroft shot a career-best 9-under 62 to take a one-shot lead in the John Deere Classic.

Wheatcroft birdied seven of the last nine holes to finish a shot ahead of Michael Kim. Johnson Wagner, Nick Taylor, Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64s. Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a group of players three strokes back.

Suwannapura cards 6-under 65: SYLVANIA, Ohio — Thidapa Suwannapura shot a 6-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead at the Marathon Classic. Suwannapura, who has three top-10 finishes in 117 career LPGA Tour events, birdied five of the final six holes, including the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows. The Thai player had her last top-10 finish in 2014 at the Kingsmill Invitational. Her best performance this season was a tie for 18th three weeks ago in Arkansas.

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