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Scotland’s Martin Laird was one of four players to shoot 66 on the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Martin Laird, Scotlands best bet right now to play in the next Ryder Cup, was one of four players to shoot 66 on the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
America-based Laird, who finished 11th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup recently, carded six birdies at Kingsbarns – one of three courses in use this week – without dropping a shot in benign links conditions.
Dutchman Maarten Lafeber recorded a similar score at the more difficult Carnoustie layout, picking up six birdies on his front nine after making bogey at the 10th – his first hole.
Also on six under par after day one are Ryder Cup vice-captain Thomas Bjorn and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina, who both played at the host course St Andrews.
Nine of Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning team were back in action, plus captain Colin Montgomerie,
Each played at Kingsbarns with German Martin Kaymer performing best of them with a 68. Ross Fisher was one worse, Monday hero Graeme McDowell posted a 70, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington 71s, Francesco Molinari and Montgomerie 72s, Edoardo Molinari 73 and Peter Hanson 74.
Meanwhile, Lee Westwood carded a two-under-par 70 but is not certain to face the starter on Friday after he admitted the leg injury that kept him out of action in the run-up to the Ryder Cup was still troubling him.

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