ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne marked their pro debuts with 8-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Mullen and Dunne went pro after helping Britain and Ireland beat the United States in the Walker Cup last month, but they looked like veterans at Kingsbarns. Dunne started with bogey on the 10th, then had a hole-in-one on the par-3 15th. He added another six birdies, including three straight. "I kind of needed it," the Irishman said of his ace. "I got off to a bit of a ropey start."
Mullen, a 21-year-old Englishman had a similar round with eight birdies, an eagle and two bogeys at Kingsbarns. They were tied with Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, who had eight birdies at St. Andrews. The PGA Europe tournament is split between three courses, with players alternating between St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.
"I've been looking forward to getting started as a pro for a while," Dunne said. "No better place to do it than on a links-style course like this."
Kingsbarns saw 12 of the 15 lowest scores after Day 1, while Martin Kaymer had the joint-best round at Carnoustie with 68.
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