Herald Sun



DAVID Ling­merth started the Bri­tish Open by ty­ing a scor­ing record on the front nine. He looked like a to­tally dif­fer­ent player on the back side.

The Swede birdied the first four holes on the way to a seven-un­der 29 at the turn. That tied the best nine-hole score posted dur­ing an Open at St An­drews, match­ing Tony Jack­lin’s 1970 mark.

On the re­turn leg, Ling­merth couldn’t keep it go­ing. Not even close.

He bo­geyed the 11th, 14th and 15th holes, then took a dou­ble-bo­gey at the 17th af­ter hit­ting his sec­ond into the Road Hole bunker. Hit­ting out with his back to the flag, he three-putted for a six.

Ling­merth made a birdie at 18, sign­ing for a 69.

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