St. Andrews, Scotland – Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson boosted his chances of regaining his European Tour card by carding an 8-under 64 Thursday to sit in a five-way tie for the lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Wilson made the most of his sponsor's invitation by making one eagle and six birdies in bright but windy conditions on Kingsbarns. Fellow Englishmen Tom Lewis and Richard McEvoy also shot a 64, along with Chile's Mark Tullo and Frenchman Alexandre Kaleka.
The players alternate between Kingsbarns, St. Andrews and Carnoustie over the first three rounds.
Wilson competed in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla hbut lost his tour card at the end of the 2011 season and has been playing on the secondary Challenge Tour since. – Sapa-AP