Sep 28, 2019: Matthew Jordan carded a stunning 64, which included a hole-out eagle two followed by five successive birdies, at St Andrews Old Course to take the halfway lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The promising Englishman has been plying his trade primarily on the European Challenge Tour this year, where he has already claimed a maiden professional victory and currently sits second in the Road to Mallorca Rankings, but he continues to impress in his dalliances with the European Tour.
The 23-year-old led the opening round of the Betfred British Masters in May, eventually finishing in a share of 15th place at Hillside Golf Club, and he is out in front once again on British soil after a round which caught fire when he holed out with his approach at the par four third hole.
Five birdies in a row from the fourth led to a front nine 29 and stirred hope of a potential chase for the magic number of 59. But eight pars and a birdie on the way home were still enough to earn the Liverpudlian a 14 under total and a one-stroke advantage over his friend, Challenge Tour Number One and leading Scot Calum Hill, as well as Jordan’s compatriot Matthew Southgate and Swede Joakim Lagergren.
World Number Four Justin Rose was among the six players in a tie for fifth position on 12 under, alongside two home stars in Russell Knox and Richie Ramsey as well as New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, Englishman Jordan Smith and Victor Perez of France.