The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over three of Scotland’s finest courses, St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie, at the end of play on day one Oliver Wilson emerged as the leader, shooting -8 under par 64 at Carnoustie.
Oliver carded his -8 under par 64 with 9 birdies and one bogey at Carnoustie to give him a one shot lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Oliver was happy to play Carnoustie on a good day, and thinks that might be an overall advantage;
“It’s nice to just get out there and take advantage, looking at the forecast, getting Carnoustie out of the way is theoretically the best thing, but you’ve still got to go and play and shoot a good score to take advantage of it, and I’m delighted that I have.”
“Dunhill Links is always one of the best tournaments of the year. I’m obviously grateful to be here, but just trying to work on my own game to try to get a chance to get back on that team. It’s a great tournament. It’s good fun, and you think everyone’s attitude is a little different, it’s a little different to the cocoon of a normal tournament. You have your caddie and amateurs to spend time with and look after.”
“We had a good fourball and it was fun, and that helps in this format because you’re out there for quite a long time. It’s nice to be on that board – like I said, I was really pleased with how I played. I’ve been working hard and the game is improving all the time.”
Actually the top three players all came from the group who started the tournament on the Carnoustie links, Raphaël Jacquelin is in second place after his opening Carnoustie round of -7 under par 65, going bogey free with five birdies and an Eagle.
Padraig Harrington fresh from his duties as a Vice Captain at the Ryder Cup is sharing third place with Shane Lowery, both carding first rounds of -6 under par 66. Padraig at Carnoustie and Shane at Kingsbarns.
Robert Rock and Adrian Otaegui were the highest placed players from the Old Course at St. Andrews, scoring -5 under par 67, and are currently tied in 5th position for the overall tournament.
European Team Captain Paul McGinley shot an even par 72 at Carnoustie in just his second European Tour event since July, while the best-placed of the Gleneagles quartet in the field ,Steve Gallacher, returned a -4 under par 68 on the same course.
Victor Dubuisson scored a -1 under par 71, World Number One Rory McIlroy carded a +1 over par 73 and Martin Kaymer +2 over par 74, all of them also on the Carnoustie course.
Rory reported that he felt flat after the jubilation of the Ryder Cup;
“A little bit flat, if I’m honest, obviously with the crowds and everything we were playing in front of last week, to come here it seems a little quiet out there, but it was fun to get to play with my dad.”
“I wish I had played a bit better and made a few more birdies but hopefully that will happen over the next couple of days. I want to win every week and I want to play well this week and at least give myself a chance. It was not the best score out there for me but we got the hardest course out of the way.”
Good also to see Nick Faldo playing, he returned a respectable -1 under par 71 at Carnoustie.