Romain Langasque equalled the course record at St Andrews’ Old Course to lead the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by one shot.
The Frenchman started at the 10th tee and went out in 33 before coming home in 28 – having covered the final six holes in seven under – to match Ross Fisher’s course record of 61 at the historic venue.
Langasque recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par on a beautiful day in Scotland.
His nearest challenger was fellow Frenchman Frederic Lacroix, who made a spotless 62 over at Kingsbarns Golf Links to sit one shot off the lead.
Their countryman Antoine Rozner, who played at The Old Course on day one, was in a tie for third alongside Niklas Nørgaard Møller (Kingsbarns) another shot back on nine under.
Thomas Pieters’ 65 was the lowest round of the day at Carnoustie Golf Links – this week’s unique tournament’s other host course.
Due to the weather forecast, Friday’s second round will have a shot-gun start at 8:30am on all three courses, with leader Langasque tackling Carnoustie on day two.
– Report from DP World Tour website