In the second group of matches, Graham Hope got the Barassie challenge into gear, against local rivals, Royal Troon. One of the Club's hopefuls for golfing immortality, if Barassie was to triumph for the first time in nine years, split the fairway with a searing drive.
He and partner, Greg Niven went on to take first blood in this intriguing encounter, with a birdie four. Have they peaked too soon? Time will be the judge.