Back from the brink, 25 year old Danish star Thorbjorn Oleson won the Dunhill Links Championship yesterday after a nervy birdie, double bogey, bogey start. A fantastic 50 foot holed putt on the 15th green helped him to a 2 shot win. He will now retain his European Tour card for next season which was looking unlikely after he has made only 6 out of 20 starts this season and seen him drop out of the top 100 in the world.
New professionals Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne fresh from winning the Walker Cup, shared the first round lead with Dunne having an ace at Kingsbarns 15th.
A fantastic tournament for spectators, with A listers walking amonst us in the town. Including a bemused Hugh Grant who couldn’t understand why a Leuchars taxi driver didn’t recognise him and after a while ventured to him “well, don’t you want my autograph then?”.