Mullen joint-top on pro debut in Scotland

 01 Oct 2015 - 18:47

Mullen joint-top on pro debut in Scotland
Jimmy Mullen


ST ANDREWS, United Kingdom: Walker Cup star Jimmy Mullen enjoyed an incredible professional debut on Thursday with an opening round of 64 that gave him a share of the clubhouse lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Englishman Mullen turned professional after winning all four of his matches for Great Britain and Ireland in a record victory over the United States at Royal Lytham last month.
The 21-year-old made a blistering start at Kingsbarns, traditionally the easiest of the three course used for the tournament, as he recorded eight birdies, an eagle and two bogeys.
That left him tied with Kristoffer Broberg, also on eight under par, after the Swede carded a 64 on the Old Course at St Andrews.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen, Richard Bland and Anthony Wall finished one stroke behind after all shooting 65 at Kingsbarns.
Mullen's Walker Cup team-mate Paul Dunne, who shared the lead after 54 holes of the Open at St Andrews in July, was seven under par with two holes to play at Kingsbarns, having recorded a hole-in-one on the par-three 15th.
1999 British Open winner Paul Lawrie ended the day six shots adrift after a round of 70 at St Andrews, while European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke carded a 71 at Carnoustie.