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Walker Cup aces Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne shine on professional debuts at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship


Paul Dunne

Paul Dunne

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Paul Dunne

Walker Cup stars Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne enjoyed dream professional debuts to claim a share of the lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Mullen joined the paid ranks after contributing four points to September’s record victory over the United States at Royal Lytham.

And the 21-year-old from Devon carried on from where he left off with eight birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in an opening 64 at Kingsbarns, which was matched by Irish team-mate Paul Dunne, whose memorable day also included a hole-in-one on the 15th.

Dunne, who shared the lead after 54 holes of the Open at St Andrews in July before fading in the final round, holed out from 205 yards with a five iron for his ace, joining Mullen and Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg on eight under par.

“It’s great,” said Mullen. “I didn’t quite expect it obviously, to shoot eight under first time out.”

Graeme McDowell leads the Ulster challenge on four under, while Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey are one under.

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