There is a two-way tie at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after 36 holes in Scotland. Jimmy Mullen and Anthony Wall have a one shot lead at the half way stage.
Jimmy and Anthony both played the Old Course at St Andrews in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Jimmy carding -3 under par 69, and Anthony one shot better at -4 under 68, to top the leaderboard at -11 under par for the tournament.
Jimmy is really enjoying an incredible week in Scotland, on his professional tour debut. He is just following on from his performance in the Walker Cup, where he won all four of his matches against the United States last month;
“I know I’ve played the easier of the courses.
“I’m playing Carnoustie tomorrow so I knew I had to do two good rounds in the first two days to take a bit of the pressure off myself.”
“I’ve played very well at Carnoustie this year so I mean to stick to my game plan which me and my coach and caddie Alex Howie discussed.”
“I was just out there trying to enjoy it and learn and to be at the top of the leaderboard is, I can’t really explain.”
“It’s a different experience but I’ll just have to learn that as I go along.”
“The hardest bit for me is you watch all the players growing up from when I was a junior and just realising that you’re playing against them now and seeing them on the range.
“I’m still a bit like: ‘Oh look, there’s Kaymer’ and all the people like that so I’m just trying to let them do what they do and just concentrate on what I do.”
“I think I’ve managed to stick to that quite well over the last two rounds.”
“I got a bit twitchy lagging a few putts up on the back nine but I’m happy with my day’s work.”
40-year-old Anthony had a run of four birdies from the fourth to get to the top of the leaderboard;
“It was a good day, I didn’t really do much going on that back nine to start but I managed to have a good run on the front, so I had my back nine, great total.”
“Any time you get double figures in two rounds is good golf.”
Another of yesterday’s leaders, Paul Dunne, who is also playing in his first professional event, is in the group of four players tied in third place just one shot back at -10 under par, following his second round -2 under par 70 at St Andrews. Jamie Donaldson, Chris Stroud and Thorbjørn Olesen are the other players in third.
Jamie carded eight birdies in a brilliant -7 under par 65, and American Chris Stroud -6 under 66 and Thorbjørn –6 under 66, all playing at Kingsbarns.