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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Romain Langasque equals course record 61 to take early lead

‘I will remember it for the rest of my life’: Romain Langasque posts a course record-equalling 61 at St Andrews to take an early lead… as Rory McIlroy shoots 68 in first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

  • Romain Langasque leads the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after the first round
  • The Frenchman shot a record-equalling 61 at the Old Course at St Andrews
  • This tied with Ross Fisher’s record at the historic venue in Scotland back in 2017
  • Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari were also in action and both shot 68 

Romain Langasque posted a course record-equalling 61 at the Old Course at St Andrews to lead by one shot after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par and tie Ross Fisher’s record at the historic venue back in 2017.

The 27-year-old said the achievement will live long in his memory.

Romain Langasque posted a course record-equalling 61 at the old course at St Andrews

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

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

Countryman Frederic Lacroix was Langasque’s nearest challenger on 10 under after firing a spotless 62 over at Kingsbarns, with another Frenchman – Antoine Rozner – tied for third alongside Dane Niklas Norgaard Moller on nine under.

The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey to shoot two eagles and eight birdies

The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey to shoot two eagles and eight birdies

Rory McIlroy was also in action and shot 68 to be tied in 40th place after the first round

Rory McIlroy was also in action and shot 68 to be tied in 40th place after the first round

England’s Daniel Gavins was the leading British player on seven under after his bogey-free 65 at the Old Course.

World number two Rory McIlroy began the week with a 68 at Carnoustie, as did Francesco Molinari on his return to the venue where he won the 2018 Open Championship.

As well as topping the leaderboard, Langasque and partner Roy Ryu co-lead the team competition on 14 under par alongside Andrea Pavan and Kieran McManus.

Due to the weather forecast, Friday’s second round will have a shotgun start at 8.30am on all three courses, with leader Langasque tackling Carnoustie on day two.

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