Wallace, playing his first round of the unique pro-am tournament on the Old Course at St Andrews, birdied four of his last five holes on the front nine, and then made two further gains on the back nine, including a birdie on the 18th to join Fraser on four under par. Already a three-time winner this season, Wallace is bidding for his fourth title in the space of just seventh months.
Just two golfers broke par at Carnoustie, with Fraser birdieing two of his final three holes to sign for a score of 68. Austria’s Matthis Schwab signed for a three under par round of 69 to share third place.
At Kingsbarns, Irishmen Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley rolled back the years as they joined Schwab on three under par. Jinho Choi, also at Kingsbarns, and Phachara Kongwatmai, playing at St Andrews, make up the top three.
Twice-defending champion Tyrrell Hatton and his Ryder Cup opponent Brooks Koepka share eighth place with five other golfers on two under par. Hatton hopes to become the first person to win an event three times in a row since Tiger Woods defended the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for a second time in 2007.
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