CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Alex Noren of Sweden was leading the Dunhill Links Championship after carding 64 at Carnoustie to equal the course record on Thursday.
The 34-year-old Noren, who won the Scottish Open in July and the European Masters last month, fired eight birdies to finish at eight-under-par.
The tournament is split between three courses, with players alternating between St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.
Noren enjoyed a one-shot lead over Ross Fisher, who carded a 65 at Kingsbarns, with Joakim Lagergren and Matt Ford a shot further back after rounds of 66 at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns respectively.
Starting from the 10th, Noren birdied three of his first five holes to reach the turn in 33, before picking up further shots on the first, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth.
“It was tough conditions but probably one of the best rounds I’ve played, so I’m very happy right now,” Noren said. “All three courses are in…