Romain Langasque had a Thursday.
The Frenchman opened Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on St. Andrews Old Course. With eight birdies and two eagles, Langasque equaled the score record at the renowned links and claimed the early lead in the annual DP World Tour tournament.
“I never thought I’d have the course record at St. Andrews,” said Langasque, No. 272 in the world. “But now my name is on the board.”
Ross Fisher shot 61 in the final round at the Alfred Dunhill in 2015.
Langasque equaled the Old Course score record with his career-low round on the DP World Tour. He shot 63 in 2020.
The stunning performance includes six birdies and an eagle on his second nine (the front nine). Seven under on his last six holes.
He stated, “The course was amazing. I made long putts. I didn’t feel like I shot 11 under.”
Langasque may not have felt low, but the field did. Ten players are within four strokes of Langasque’s lead when Round 2 begins.
“Wow,” he remarked. “I didn’t realize I had the course record, and I’ll remember it forever.”
Weekend scores like Langasque’s are unusual. St. Andrews will get severe rain and 40 mph winds on Friday.
To avoid the worst of the weather, the event will start at 8:30 a.m. local time.
Langasque made history, but he has much more to do.
“I’m really happy about this,” he said. “But it’s only the first round, so I’m also going to stay really focused for the next few days.”
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