October 01, 2015

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne both marked their professional debuts with an 8-under 64 to grab a share of the lead after the first round of 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 and had similar rounds, with each carding eight birdies and an eagle to go with two bogeys at Kingsbarns. They were tied with Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden, who had eight birdies in a flawless round at St. Andrews. The tournament is split between three courses, with players alternating between St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

Dunne said ''I've been looking forward to getting started as a pro for a while. No better place to do it than on a links-style course like this.''

Kingsbarns saw 12 of the 15 lowest scores on the opening day.

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