Englishman Steve Tiley’s biggest claim to fame in his three-year professional career was winning the Egyptian Open eight months ago, but a six-under-par 66 thrust him into the limelight at St Andrews.
The 27-year-old from Herne Bay in Kent had a bogey-free first round to leap into a share of third place.
“I’m quite big in Egypt. Massive, on the billboards and everything — or I will be after this,” he joked after his round.
“But this is a different league to winning the Egyptian Open.”