Three of the five golfers that will likely hold a share of the first round lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – Mark Tullo, Alexandre Kaleka and Richard McEvoy – started their tournament on the Old Course at St. Andrews. The other two – Oliver Wilson and Tom Lewis – played their opening rounds at Kingsbarns Golf Links. Conditions were clearly ripe for scoring no matter where you were located in Scotland today, as the five golfers that are tied for the lead all shot scores of eight under par 64 over their first 18 holes.
The four golfers that entered this event inside of the top 10 in the Race to Dubai standings – Richard Sterne (4), Branden Grace (6), Brett Rumford (7) and Ernie Els (9) – did not fare particularly well in the first round. The best score out of that group was turned in by Els, who carded a three under par 69 at Carnoustie. The worst score of that group belongs to Rumford, who finished the day at one over par after shooting a 73.
It’s a bit surprising to see The Big Easy so close to the top of the Race to Dubai standings considering the difficulties he has endured on the PGA Tour this season. Despite the fact that he made it through three legs of the FedEx Cup Playoffs and finished in 51st place, his best finish on the season was a tie for fourth at the U.S. Open. He did manage to pick up a win on the European Tour, at the BMW International Open.
There is still much that has yet to play out this week, as there are still two courses for each golfer left to battle and the top of the leaderboard is rather crowded after the first round.
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