Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Five share the lead after opening round in Scotland
Last Updated: 27/09/13 11:08am
Oliver Wilson: Ideal start in his bid to win a card for 2014
Former Ryder Cup star Oliver Wilson and 2011 Silver Medal winner Tom Lewis are tied at the top after day one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.
The duo share the lead with France's Alexandre Kaleka, Chile's Mark Tullo and fellow Englishman, Richard McEvoy, after all cashed in on the favourable scoring conditions with eight-under par 64s.
With just two events after this one for players to retain their cards, all five leaders currently lie outside the all-important top 110.
First round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-8 M Tullo (Chi)
-8 A Kaleka (Fra)
-8 O Wilson
-8 T Lewis
-8 R McEvoy
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Tullo, Kaleka and McEvoy took the first step towards retaining their playing privileges for 2014 with 64s at St Andrews while Wilson and ex-amateur star Lewis starred at Kingsbarns.
Wales' Jamie Donaldson celebrated being named in Great Britain & Ireland's Seve Trophy team by carding the best score at Carnoustie, a seven under par 65 leaving him in a share for sixth with George Murray, Mark Foster and Matthew Baldwin.
Lewis, who captured the Silver Medal at Royal St George's in 2011 and then won the Portugal Masters on his third start as a pro, said: "I played well today. My putting was a lot better.
"The last couple of weeks, I've been struggling, even though I've shot some good scores, but today was perfect. If I can do some of that again for the next couple of days, then I'll be right up there for Sunday.
"Obviously I'm solid on the first 18; Friday is sort of my enemy. If I can try to get away from that this week, I'll be fine."
Wilson, a five-time runner-up on the European Tour who played in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla, lost his card at the end of last season.
He said: "I'm playing a lot better. For the first time in probably over a year actually, I have some control over my shots and able to hit the shots and trust it under pressure, as well.
"I'm driving the ball way, way better, which is essentially the thing that disappeared."
But there wasn't such good news for another Englishman, Nick Dougherty, who won this event in 2007.
His struggles continued after an 86 which left him last by seven shots. His round at Carnoustie concluded with a 12.