Tyrrell Hatton (17/10 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship outright) looks to have put the disappointment of last week’s Ryder Cup firmly in the past after stringing together a fine back nine to lead the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Hatton, who is seeking a third win at the tournament following victories in 2016 and 2017, needed just 29 shots to complete the back nine at Carnoustie on Thursday.

That allowed the Englishman to sign for an opening 64 before heading an hour or so south on Friday and following up with a 70 at Kingsbarns, ending the day atop the leaderboard on 10-under.

“I didn’t actually realise, I just signed my card then,” Hatton said. “Obviously we needed a big back nine and very happy that the putter worked well and hopefully that continues.

“It’s always nice to start pretty good around this golf course. You go to the other ones and feel like you’ve got slightly more of a chance than here so we’ll see what the week brings.”

World number 212 Daniel Gavins (16/1 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship outright) sits a shot further back in second, while China’s Li Haotong (45/1) and England’s Danny Willett (10/1) are tied for third on eight-under.

Another of Europe’s Ryder Cup team from last week, Tommy Fleetwood (7/1 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship outright), is in a two-way tie for fifth, along with Denmark’s Jeff Winther (33/1), on seven-under and the former is hoping to build his form further over the coming days, with his final 36 holes to be played over the Old Course at St Andrews.

Fleetwood said: “I love playing here, a lot of shots fit my eye so I always enjoy coming back to play.

“I do always enjoy coming back and it’s always an event where I feel like I can put up a good challenge and I’ve had a lot of good results but I’ve also played nine times and not won it yet so I want to put that right.”

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