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Dwelling hero Robert MacIntyre and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood had been the large attracts in Scotland after starring in final week’s 16.5-11.5 win over the US however it was Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts who carded a 65 at St Andrews to take a seat at seven beneath, a shot off the lead

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Nicolas Colsaerts, a Europe vice captain on the current Ryder Cup in Rome, sits a shot off the lead at Dunhill Hyperlinks

Ryder Cup vice captain Nicolas Colsaerts confirmed no indicators of a hangover from Europe’s triumph in Rome as he outshone three of his victorious gamers to take a seat only a shot off the lead after day one of many Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship.

Dwelling hero Robert MacIntyre and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood had been the large attracts in Scotland after starring in final week’s 16.5-11.5 win over the US however it was Belgium’s Colsaerts who carded a 65 at St Andrews to take a seat at seven beneath, one behind Spaniard Adri Arnaus, Swede Sebastian Soderberg and American Peter Uihlein.

Soderberg had pulses racing on the considered a 59 over the Outdated Course as he birdied eight of his first 10 holes however made no extra progress as he was caught by Uihlein and Arnaus.

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James Anderson hits an excellent method shot, earlier than lacking his brief putt on the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship

James Anderson hits an excellent method shot, earlier than lacking his brief putt on the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship

Uihlein, one among a number of LIV gamers teeing it up on an invitation in Scotland, misplaced out in a play-off at this occasion 10 years in the past and he was bogey-free with eight birdies at St Andrews in simply his second DP World Tour occasion in 5 years.

Arnaus was enjoying at Carnoustie – the hardest of the three layouts this week – and he was additionally bogey-free, beginning with three birdies and including an eagle on the 14th in a 64.

Colsaerts was enjoying the Outdated Course and he made 5 opening birdies after beginning on the tenth, bogeying the treacherous Highway Gap however choosing up additional photographs on the primary, third and fifth.

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The 65 was his lowest rating of a season the place he has made simply 5 cuts in 20 begins, and the 40-year-old admitted he had been impressed by final week’s win in Italy.

“Inspiration to say the least,” he stated. “I’ve all the time thought there was nonetheless a little bit little bit of a stud inside me however whenever you get to spend per week with 12 of them, we’re attempting to land as softly as attainable from the excessive of a few days in the past.

“The whole lot felt a little bit bit gloomy and darkish after the experience of feelings final week, and no expectations in any respect, and began hitting good photographs and performed a beautiful spherical.

“Once you throw anyone with a little bit of expertise in final week and then you definately play golf the week after, it’s inspirational.”

Dwelling favorite Grant Forrest was alongside Colsaerts after enjoying Kingsbarns, two away from Fitzpatrick, 4 forward of Fleetwood and 5 away from MacIntyre, with the Ryder Cup trio having all taken on Carnoustie on day one.

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