Scott Henry tops Ras Al Khaimah Open

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Photo: Khaleej Times

Scott Henry spends family time during the Ras Al Khaimah Open as he claimed the top spot after following his opening round 65 with a six-under par 66 on Tuesday at Tower Links Golf Club.

The 32 year old Henry has his brother-in-law Christopher Walker trailing in the Mena Tour by Arena event. Henry’s idea of having fun was to add seven birdies and an eagle to his seven-birdie round and complete a one-shot lead at 13-under par over the young blood Swede Niclas Weiland (67) and overnight leader Marco Iten (68) from Switzerland.

Henry, the champion of 2012 Kazakhstan Open on the European Challenge Tour, showed grace under pressure with a veteran display from tee to green, especially on the front nine that included an eagle on the seventh.

“I was five-under par through seven holes and I think it was the best I could have ever played tee-to-green. The back nine was a bit up and down and I played some scrappy shots coming in. But a birdie on the last was a good way to finish and I am looking forward to the challenge tomorrow,” he said.

The Scotland-raised golfer put his feet his feet on the ground and shows focus as he said, “It doesn’t matter whether I am in the lead because I will have to go and play some aggressive golf and shoot some low number tomorrow. There are a lot of birdies on this golf course, so the only way I can protect my lead is if I make a few myself and stay ahead.”