Alfred Dunhill Links: Romain Langasque equals Old Course record for lead

Romain Langasque (left) says he will remember his turn “for the rest of his life”.
11 R Langasque (Fr); -10 F Lacroix (Fr); -9 N Moeller (On), A Rozner (From); -8 K Broberg (Sweden), I Elvira (Banuetxea); -7 P Uihlein (US), A Cockerill (Can), T Pieters (Bel), D Gavins (Eng)
Other picks: -6 J Morrison (English), J Smith (English), D Horsey (English); -5 M Southgate (English), M Jordan (English), L Shepherd (English), A Wilson (English), E Ferguson (English); -4 C Syme (Esco), D Law (Esco), E Pepperell (Eng), R MacIntyre (Esco), F Molinari (Ita), T Hatton (Eng), J Caldwell (Eng), C Shinkwin (Eng), RMcIlroy (NI)
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Romain Langasque shot a record 61 on the Old Course at St Andrews to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey to reach 11 under par and equal Englishman Ross Fisher’s record.

Langasque said the achievement will live long in his memory.

“I’m so happy, the last three holes were really fun and I made long putts,” he said.

“It’s amazing. I didn’t realize I have the course record here now and I think it’s something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

With the tournament played over three courses, compatriot Frederic Lacroix was Langasque’s closest challenger at 10 under after shooting an unbeaten 62 at Kingsbarns.

Another Frenchman – Antoine Rozner – was tied for third after the round at St Andrews, alongside Denmark’s Niklas Norgaard Moller, who was at Kingsbarns at nine under.

England’s Daniel Gavins was the leading British player at seven under after a bogey-free 65 on the Old Course, with main challenger Ewen Ferguson two strokes back.

Northern Irish world number two Rory McIlroy opened the week with a four-under 68 at Carnoustie, as Italy’s Francesco Molinari returned to where he won the 2018 Open Championship.

Langasque and Roy Ryu lead the team standings at 14 under with Italy’s Andrea Pavan and Kieran McManus.

Due to the weather forecast, Friday’s second round will start at 08:30 on all three routes, with leaders Langasque facing Carnoustie on the second day.

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