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Dunne, Colsaerts share the early lead at St Andrews

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Paul Dunne followed up his maiden European Tour victory last week with an impressive opening round 67 at the Old Course in St Andrews to share the lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Irishman made his professional breakthrough last week at the British Masters after chipping in at the last to clinch a three-shot win over four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy.

But it was at the Home of Golf, St Andrews, where Dunne first put himself in the spotlight, having shared the lead heading into the final day of The 2015 Open Championship. He put that experience to good use on day one at the unique pro-am tournament as the 24 year old carded four birdies and an eagle two at the ninth hole on the way to a five under round.

He was joined on that score by Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who holed a 15 foot putt at the 18th in Kingbarns for a back-to-back birdie finish and a 67, while defending champion Tyrrell Hatton of England was one of five players a shot off the lead on four under par.

Dunne shared after his excellent round, "My game still feels good. Yeah, it takes that little bit of pressure off when you've done it once. My iron play was good today. Disappointing finish, but in general feeling good and life is pretty good at the minute.

"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.

"But then I eagled the ninth, which is downwind and drivable. I drove it to around 30 feet and holed it, so that kind of got me off on the right foot starting the back nine. And 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."


67 P Dunne (Irl) , N Colsaerts (Bel) ,

68 S Lowry (Irl) , T Hatton (Eng) , R Fox (Nzl) , J Stalter (Fra) , O Fisher (Eng) ,

69 J Wang (Kor) , B Evans (Eng) , R Langasque (Fra) , D Drysdale (Sco) , B Hebert (Fra) , M Wallace (Eng) , J Lagergren (Swe) , M Siem (Ger) , G McDowell (Nir) , G Coetzee (RSA) ,

70 J Donaldson (Wal) , N Bertasio (Ita) , G Moynihan (Irl) , L Cianchetti (Ita) , B Grace (RSA) , B Ritthammer (Ger) , J Smith (Eng) , G Bourdy (Fra) , A Rai (Eng) , A Price (Aus) , S Jamieson (Sco) , R Gibson (Aus) , L Donald (Eng) , T Fleetwood (Eng) , A Levy (Fra) , J Luiten (Ned) , O Bekker (RSA) , R Wattel (Fra) , M Warren (Sco) , G Havret (Fra) , B Dredge (Wal) , K Aphibarnrat (Tha) , D Frittelli (RSA)

71 J Fahrbring (Swe) , J Kruger (RSA) , L Westwood (Eng) , J Davidson (Wal) , J Ahlers (RSA) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , C Pigem (Esp) , A Quiros (Esp) , L Jensen (Den) , S Brazel (Aus) , J Morrison (Eng) , R Fisher (Eng) , M Armitage (Eng) , M Kaymer (Ger) , P Hanson (Swe) , R Gouveia (Por) , A Chesters (Eng) , B Stone (RSA) , R Ramsay (Sco) , J Quesne (Fra) , Z Lombard (RSA) , T Detry (Bel) , N Elvira (Esp) , R Rock (Eng) , P Lawrie (Sco) , S Gregory (Eng) ,

72 J Scrivener (Aus) , S Lee (Kor) , S Heisele (Ger) , Y Chang (Kor) , S Gallacher (Sco) , G Stal (Fra) , A Björk (Swe) , J Suri (USA) , S Manley (Wal) , S Chawrasia (Ind) , P Angles (Esp) , L Johnston (Sco) , E Pepperell (Eng) , L Canter (Eng) , C Kresge (USA) , D Howell (Eng) , P Harrington (Irl) , D Brooks (Eng) , R Sterne (RSA) , C Syme (Sco) , M Pavon (Fra) , D Perrier (Fra) ,

73 A Michael (RSA) , N Fasth (Swe) , J Campillo (Esp) , A Dodt (Aus) , B Quigley (USA) , T Olesen (Den) , C Bezuidenhout (RSA) , T Bjørn (Den) , M Kieffer (Ger) , J Holmes (USA) , M Fitzpatrick (Eng) , S Hend (Aus) , T Aiken (RSA) , L Slattery (Eng) , A Wall (Eng) , M Giles (Aus) , E Molinari (Ita) , U Van Den Berg (RSA) , B Rumford (Aus) , A Plant (Eng) , A Knappe (Ger) , P Waring (Eng) , A Otaegui (Esp) , J Kruyswijk (RSA) , R McIlroy (Nir) , R Bland (Eng) ,

74 C Paisley (Eng) , B An (Kor) , H Porteous (RSA) , M Carlsson (Swe) , A Hansen (Den) , T Jaidee (Tha) , C Hanson (Eng) , F Zanotti (Par) , F Aguilar (Chi) , M Ilonen (Fin) , M Manassero (Ita) , J Lima (Por) , J Walters (RSA) , A Evans (Aus) , P Khongwatmai (Tha) , M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) , V Dubuisson (Fra) , E De La Riva (Esp) , M Fraser (Aus) , W Ormsby (Aus) , E Els (RSA) , D Fichardt (RSA) ,

75 D Horsey (Eng) , R Karlberg (Swe) , S Leaney (Aus) , G Storm (Eng) , A Cañizares (Esp) , A Hall (Aus) , G Forrest (Sco) , S Walker (Eng) , P Peterson (USA) , N Holman (Aus) , P Tangkamolprasert (Tha) , R Karlsson (Swe) ,

76 L Bjerregaard (Den) , P Newcomb (USA) , D Im (USA) , N Kimsey (Eng) , S Gros (Fra) , C Shinkwin (Eng) , P Larrazábal (Esp) ,

77 R Paratore (Ita) , D Burmester (RSA) , T Lewis (Eng) ,

78 S Appleby (Aus) , M Southgate (Eng) , J Carlsson (Swe) , W Ashun (Chn) ,

79 F Fritsch (Ger) , J Singh Brar (Eng) ,

80 T Sinnott (Aus) ,

81 A Connelly (Can) ,

82 S Dyson (Eng) , D Stewart (Sco)