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Marc Warren leads Johnnie Walker Championship after shooting 8-under 65

Marc Warren leads Johnnie Walker Championship after shooting 8-under 65

Marc Warren made eight birdies and shot 8-under 65 Thursday to take the early lead in the Johnnie Walker Championship.
The European Tour's rookie of the year last year leads Nicolas Colsaerts by a stroke on the 7,320-yard Centenary Course at Gleneagles. The Belgian tied for second two years ago but lost his playing card last year.
Defending champion Paul Casey opened with a 71, two better than Darren Clarke (73). Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood started later in the day.
Warren has struggled this year, missing nine cuts in his last 11 events. He's also been bothered by a neck problem for three months.
"I noticed a couple things in Sweden (two weeks ago) I didn't like in my swing," Warren said. "I spoke to (coach Bob Torrance) and we changed it, then we changed a couple more things. It seems to be working."
Warren's only scare came on his 17th hole of day, the course's eighth, where he drove into the deep rough. But he escaped and salvaged a par.
The 24-year-old Colsaerts eagled No. 8 after driving the green, 385 yards away.
"I won't be surprised if a lot of guys hit that green today," Colsaerts said. "The wind is perfect for it."
Thomas Levet aced his opening hole, hitting a 5-iron at the 208-yard 10th. Paul Lawrie is the only other player on the tour to ace an opening hole, doing so on the same hole in 2000 when the tournament was called the Scottish PGA Championship.