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Friday, 19 March 2010
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Round One  (Getty Images)
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Round One (Getty Images)

Ross Fisher and Soren Hansen set an early clubhouse lead with a pair of blistering 64s in the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Fisher, playing the Kingsbarns course in the tournament that also features the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie, fired seven birdies, an eagle and just one bogey to end his round atop the leaderboard on eight under par.

The Englishman landed the eagle on the 606 yard par five 12th hole with his only bogey coming courtesy of a four at the 200 yard par three 15th.

Hansen was in similar form and also captured an eagle and seven birdies on the Kingsbarns course, carding his solitary bogey on the 565 yard par five 16th.

 Martin Kaymer also enjoyed a productive day on the Kingsbarns course as he carded a seven under par round of 65 that handed him second place.

The young German recorded eight birdies and a single bogey to sit behind Fisher, and will no doubt be disappointed to have three putted for par after going for an eagle on the 558 yard par five ninth hole, his 18th.

Also in the clubhouse was Jarmo Sandelin, who took advantage of a blistering start to finish his round six under par 66 and take a share of third place.

Sandelin was also playing a Kingsbarns course which offered the players the most scoring opportunities during the first round, and having notched up an eagle and two birdies in his first four holes reached the turn in 31.

The 44 year old then sensibly negotiated the back nine in one under par, birdieing the par five 12th, to eventually finish with a bogey free round.

Marcus Fraser, Robert Karlsson, Anthony Wall and Jose-Philipe Lima were all also enjoying the Scottish sunshine and, despite being at various points in their round, were all six under par.

Frenchman Thomas Levet, who along with Sandelin had been one of the early front runners in the mornings play, eventually carded a solid five under par after playing Carnoustie in 67 shots to sit back in a tie for ninth.

Levet headed up a group containing Phillip Archer, Anthony Wall, David Dixon, Marc Warren, Gary Orr and David Howell on six under, but all will have ambitions this afternoon of passing the Frenchman as they continue their rounds.

Sitting just behind Levet and company was Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, winner at last week`s Quinn Insurance British Masters.

The Spaniard continued his good form with a sensible 68 at Kingsbarns to take a share of 15th place.

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