"I'd heard great things about Dundonald Links. and it looks like everything is in place for a special week, though, with a superb venue, a strong field, a great sponsor and wonderful fans who really know their golf".
The former world number one has had to endure a frustrating year with a number of injuries and issues with poor form.
"I remember I went out with Brett Rumford and Scott Gardiner, another player on tour, that night".
He had seven birdies in all five of them coming in six holes from Nos.
Ilonen is a five-time victor on the European Tour and has links pedigree, having won the British Amateur in 2000.
The latter, who is a two-time Challenge Tour victor, made seven birdies, one eagle and just two bogeys to sign for a magnificent seven-under-par 65, leaving the 28-year-old in prime position to break his duck on the European circuit. Ilonen, an afternoon starter, was giving his post-round interviews just as rain began to fall for the first time in an opening round that featured a sometimes-fierce breeze off the Ayrshire coast in western Scotland.
Fowler, contesting the event for a first occasion since winning in 2015 at Gullane, shares second with European Tour based compatriot, Paul Peterson, Aussie Andrew Dodt and the England duo of Woburn wonder Ian Poulter and Watford's Callum Shinkwin. It was found by a scorer in an unplayable lie, so Harrington took a penalty drop, hacked out and made the putt.
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The four-time major victor had not missed successive cuts since May 2015 and briefly looked on course to survive after three birdies in an unblemished front nine.
Scott is looking for his second victory in Scotland - 15 years after running away with the Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles by 10 shots.
He was back pedalling early in bogeying his second and third holes before landing his second short at the 13th or his fourth hole short, and only to see the ball roll back into a burn for a double.
From 4 over after four holes, McIlroy recovered to 1 over after 16, with three of his four birdies coming via tap-ins on par fives.
Fox played his way into the field at Birkdale courtesy of his T4 result at last week's DDF Irish Open, his second consecutive top-10 in the rich Rolex Series of tournaments which have debuted this year.
"I'm here to try and play a bit of links golf and hopefully pick up some momentum and some form".