Dubuisson and Grace start well

10/4/2012 2:35:52 PM
Victor Dubuisson  (Getty Images)
Victor Dubuisson (Getty Images)
France’s Victor Dubuisson and South African Branden Grace shared the lead midway through the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Martin Kaymer was the leading performer of Europe's three Ryder Cup heroes at Carnoustie, but it was at the other two courses where the best scoring was coming.

Dubuisson birdied eight of his first 11 holes at St Andrews, but even at eight under par was only sharing top spot.

Alongside him was Grace, who was at Kingsbarns and had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey in 15 holes as he pursued a fourth European Tour victory this season.

Kaymer, the man who holed the putt in Chicago on Sunday which kept The Ryder Cup in European hands, birdied the sixth and 12th - both par fives - to be two under.

Ryder Cup team-mate Paul Lawrie, back on the course where he won the 1999 Open Championship, bogeyed the sixth and then double-bogeyed the 478 yard ninth to stand three over.

Ahead of him Swede Peter Hanson double-bogeyed the third and dropped another shot at the seventh, but then had birdie twos on the eighth and 13th to be one over.

Another South African, Anton Haig, had set the early pace at Kingsbarns with a front nine 29, seven under, but with two to go he was back to six under.

Eleven months ago former Johnnie Walker Classic winner Haig announced he had retired from professional golf after being told that back injuries would prevent him continuing with his career.

He made a return in March, however, and only three weeks ago won an event in South Carolina.