The first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship got off to a flying start yesterday (Thursday) with some decent scores at Carnoustie.
On top form on the Championship Course was Welshman Jamie Donaldson who flew around the greens on a seven-under-par 65.
Some of the bigger names previously expected to take the lead have been left a little in the shade, with 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel leading a pack of 14 Major Championship winners.
South African golfing maestro Ernie Els was one of those former champions teeing off in front of the crowds at Carnoustie yesterday.
He said: “I thought I played quite nicely. I was still missing a bunch of putts, but I kept my cool and got it in with a 69, which is not a bad score, but on a day like this, you can have a 65,66.”
This year Els is joined by his father Neels. He said “My dad is unbelievable. He’s 70 this year and he’s meant so much obviously to my career. He’s been the best father I could ever have asked for. He is my best friend, so it’s nice to play golf with him.”
At St Andrews, England’s Richard McEvoy, France’s Alexandre Kaleka and Chile’s Mark Tullo shot eight-under-par 64s, which were matched by England’s Tom Lewis and Oliver Wilson at Kingsbarns.
Leaders in the Team Championship are English professional Richard McEvoy and New York banker Michael Zankow, who were playing at St Andrews.
McEvoy said: “I had a lovely day and holed from 90 yards on the 9th, my last hole. A great way to finish. We had a fantastic day with my partner, Michael. We dovetailed really well. I was eight-under and we were 16-under as a team.”
They lead by four shots from Alexandre Kaleka and Richard Grindon and Thomas Levet and David Sayer.
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