Alfred Dunhill Links Championship R1

Walters leads after emotional day in St Andrews

September 26-29
St Andrews Old Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links & Carnoustie Golf Links
$5,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Justin Walters found his form in spectacular style at St Andrews to take a one shot lead after an emotional first day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Alfred Dunhill Links R1 - Walters leads in St Andrews
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“I haven’t shot anything under 69 or 68 in a long time. To do it here at St. Andrews, and the emotions I’ve been through the last few months, it’s just so special.”

The South African has faced plenty of adversity on the golf course during the 2019 Race to Dubai, battling a calf injury over the summer and failing to register a top 20 in 23 starts on the European Tour.

The 38-year-old also sadly lost his father this year but revealed after carding a stunning 63 around the Old Course that he felt his presence as he fired his lowest round on the European Tour for six years at the Home of Golf.

“I’ve been swinging really well all year mostly, from about U.S. Open when I qualified, and I got to The Irish Open and tore my calf really badly. Really struggled to get right again for a while, and I finally got over that, and then I lost my dad.

“It was quite hard. I just kind of decided not to feel sorry for myself, really, and kind of dust myself off and coming in here, it has a healing quality. I don’t know, it’s hard to describe. I was here with my dad when we lost Mum, and just thought I was back with him.”


His nine under par total handed him a one shot lead over New Zealander Ryan Fox, Spaniard Adrian Otaegui, Frenchman Victor Perez and England’s Jordan Smith.

“I played really solid and for the first time in a while I saw some putts go in and hit some great shots coming down the stretch,” said Fox. “It was just nice to take advantage of those fairly benign conditions out there.

“It’s a cool format to get to play these three golf courses, and they look after us so well this week. I love Pro-Am formats, and I’ve played with Shane Warne the last couple years and we get along really well. We’ve had a lot of fun out there, become good friends because of this event.”

The famous pro-am event features a star-studded line-up this week, with many of the world’s best golfers playing alongside celebrities, business people and family members, over three stunning venues – St Andrews Old Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links and Carnoustie Golf Links.

Fox, Smith and Perez joined Walters at St Andrews, while Otaegui carded his 64 at Kingsbarns. England’s Matthew Southgate recorded the lowest round of the day at Carnoustie with a 65 to sit at seven under par alongside his countryman Paul Waring, home favourite Richie Ramsay, South African Jaco Ahlers, Finn Tapio Pulkkanen and Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan.

“Chuffed to bits,” said Southgate. “It’s a dream come true really for me. I’ve waited a long time to go down that last hole with that feeling. A really, really special day for me.

“I fell in love with the game again, which is great. Everybody has ebbs and flows in their career with that. The last four weeks has been really good for me and I’ve got stuck into practise like I’m 17 again which great and enjoying every minute of it.”

Lee Westwood made his second hole-in-one of the season and third of his illustrious European Tour career as he holed a six iron from 189 yards on the eighth at Carnoustie for the 26th hole-in-one of the 20129 Race to Dubai.


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Grade “A” Architecture

Lifestyle
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Justin Walters
RSA
-9
63
T2
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
64
T2
Jordan Smith
ENG
-8
64
T2
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-8
64
T2
Ryan Fox
NZL
-8
64
T6
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-7
65
T6
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
65
T6
Jaco Ahlers
RSA
-7
65
T6
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-7
65
T6
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-7
65
T6
Paul Waring
ENG
-7
65
T12
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-6
66
T12
Russell Knox
SCO
-6
66
T12
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-6
66
T12
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
66
T12
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-6
66
T12
George Coetzee
RSA
-6
66
T12
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-6
66
T12
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
66
T12
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-6
66
T12
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
66
T12
Calum Hill
SCO
-6
66
T23
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-5
67
T23
Zander Lombard
RSA
-5
67
T23
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-5
67
T23
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-5
67
T23
Tony Finau
USA
-5
67
T28
Alexander Levy
FRA
-4
68
T28
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-4
68
T28
Wil Besseling
NED
-4
68
T28
Berry Henson
USA
-4
68
T28
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-4
68
T28
Euan Walker
SCO
-4
68
T28
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-4
68
T28
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-4
68
T28
Aaron Rai
ENG
-4
68
T28
Alex Haindl
RSA
-4
68
T28
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
68
T28
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
68
T28
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-4
68
T28
Callan O’Reilly
AUS
-4
68
T28
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
68
T28
Chris Paisley
ENG
-4
68
T28
Lee Slattery
ENG
-4
68
T28
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-4
68
T28
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
68
T28
David Law
SCO
-4
68
T28
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
68
T28
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-4
68
T28
David Horsey
ENG
-4
68
T28
Julian Suri
USA
-4
68
T28
Luke Donald
ENG
-4
68
T53
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
69
T53
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-3
69
T53
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T53
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
69
T53
Brandon Stone
RSA
-3
69
T53
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
69
T53
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-3
69
T53
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
69
T53
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
69
T53
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
69
T53
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
69
T53
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-3
69
T53
Liam Johnston
SCO
-3
69
T53
Neil Schietekat
RSA
-3
69
T53
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-3
69
T53
Harrison Endycott
AUS
-3
69
T53
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
69
T53
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
69
T53
Alexander Noren
SWE
-3
69
T53
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
69
T53
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
69
T53
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
69
T53
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-3
69
T53
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-3
69
T53
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
69
T78
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-2
70
T78
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
70
T78
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
70
T78
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
70
T78
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
70
T78
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
70
T78
D. A. Points
USA
-2
70
T78
Jake Roos
RSA
-2
70
T78
Ernie Els
RSA
-2
70
T78
Harry Hall
ENG
-2
70
T78
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
70
T78
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
70
T78
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
T78
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
70
T78
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-2
70
T78
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
70
T78
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
70
T78
James Morrison
ENG
-2
70
T78
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-2
70
T78
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
70
T78
Paul Dunne
IRL
-2
70
T78
Louis De Jager
RSA
-2
70
T78
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
70
T78
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
70
T78
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-2
70
T78
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-2
70
T104
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
71
T104
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
71
T104
Romain Langasque
FRA
-1
71
T104
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
71
T104
Jon Rahm
ESP
-1
71
T104
Sean Crocker
USA
-1
71
T104
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-1
71
T104
Brandon Wu
USA
-1
71
T104
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
T104
David Howell
ENG
-1
71
T104
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
71
T104
Haotong Li
CHN
-1
71
T104
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-1
71
T104
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-1
71
T104
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
-1
71
T104
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
71
T104
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
71
T121
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
72
T121
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
72
T121
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
72
T121
Branden Grace
RSA
Par
72
T121
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
72
T121
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
72
T121
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
72
T121
Danny Willett
ENG
Par
72
T121
John Catlin
USA
Par
72
T121
Sam Horsfield
ENG
Par
72
T121
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
Par
72
T121
Bryce Easton
RSA
Par
72
T121
Daniel Hillier
NZL
Par
72
T121
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
72
T121
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
72
T121
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
72
T121
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
72
T121
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
72
T121
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
72
T140
Shane Lowry
IRL
1
73
T140
Chris Wood
ENG
1
73
T140
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
73
T140
David Lipsky
USA
1
73
T140
Dean Burmester
RSA
1
73
T140
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
1
73
T140
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T140
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
1
73
T140
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
73
T140
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
1
73
T150
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
2
74
T150
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
74
T150
Simon Hawkes
AUS
2
74
T150
Sihwan Kim
KOR
2
74
T150
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
74
T150
Thomas Sloman
ENG
2
74
T156
Jake Burnage
ENG
3
75
T156
Justin Harding
RSA
3
75
T156
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
3
75
T156
Michael Campbell
NZL
3
75
T156
Thriston Lawrence
RSA
3
75
T156
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
3
75
T156
Keenan Davidse
RSA
3
75
T156
Michael Palmer
RSA
3
75
T156
David Drysdale
SCO
3
75
T156
JC Ritchie
RSA
3
75
T166
Philip Eriksson
SWE
4
76
T166
Ashley Chesters
ENG
4
76
168
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
5
77