There are two players tied at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Paul Dunne and Nicolas Colsaerts share the honor after the first round in Scotland.
Last weeks winner Paul, from Ireland continued with his good form shooting -5 under par 67 at St. Andrews Old Course, while Nicolas, Belgium joined him at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard carding the same score over at Kingsbarns.
Paul is closely associated with St Andrews after leading the 2015 Open Championship at the 54 hole stage, as an amateur;
“I think the Open was a great thing for me here because it opened so many doors for sponsors and invites and that kind of thing when I turned pro but, also, how many times are you going to lead the Open at St. Andrews with one round to go?”
“My iron play was really solid, I was hitting everything pin-high on the front nine which is a big advantage because the greens are so big.”
“You’re probably not going to miss many but when it gets windy, two-putting from 60 feet can be difficult.”
“I didn’t play great coming in. I kind of did the opposite of what I should have done but I’ll take the five under.”
Nicolas stayed calm but did push until the end, holing the round off with a long putt on the 18th;
“I kept very composed, I pressed it until the end, which is nice. Birdied seventeen which is not really a birdie hole.”
“I hit it really close and finished it off with the longest putt of the day on eighteen, which is nice.”
Five players are then tied at -4 under, some at St Andrews, then Kingsbarns, best score from Carnoustie was -3 under par.