Viva La France As Three French Golfers Send Tricolore To The Top Three At Dunhill Links

It was the proudest of days for French-born golfers superbly celebrating the opening round of the 21st Alfred Dunhill Links with a equal course record 61 at the Old Course, and two other French players lying second and tied third.

Romain Langasque posted two eagles, eight birdies and a lone bogey in an 11-under-par effort to match the record set by England’s Ross Fisher on the final day of the 2017 event.

The 27-year-opld Languasque, who captured last year’s Wales Open, started his round from the 10th, going out in 33 and storming home in just 28 strokes.

“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.

“But it’s only the first round, so I’m also going to stay really focused for the next few days.”

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

Countryman Frederic Lacroix produced a 10-under 62 at Kingsbarns Links to be lying second while there’s a third French golfer in Antoine Rozner, who played at the Old Course on day one, is tied in alongside Dane Niklas Nørgaard Møller (Kingsbarns) just a further shot back on nine under.

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