But Mullen says that his performance is giving him confidence. The Tour’s only pro-am sees a stellar line-up of players and celebs doing battle over three iconic links venues over four days with those who make the cut playing St Andrews twice.
“It’s a shame Rory wasn’t here to see that”, he said of the impressive put.
Dornan and Uihlein are eight-under in the Team Championship, five shots behnd the leaders. “It was fantastic out there today”.
The 21-year-old Mullen turned professional after contributing four points to September’s Walker Cup victory over the United States, becoming the first Britain and Ireland player to compile a ideal 4-0 record since Paul Casey and Luke Donald in 1999. But Pablo Larrazabal helped me along, such a nice guy. I’ve played a lot of golf which is what I do on my weeks off. I’m sure there is going to be a bit of rust there somewhere but I feel like I’m playing well.
He played at St Andrews today and tees off 9.44am on Saturday at Carnoustie. I’d love to be where he is in six years. “To start off my career at St. Andrews is a dream, really”.
“I’ve played very well at Carnoustie this year so I mean to stick to my game plan which me and my coach and (caddie) Alex (Howie) discussed”. “But hopefully I’ll be there at the end of the week”.
“I’m still a bit like, “Oh look, there’s (Martin) Kaymer” and all the people like that”. Come on, you know how much I enjoy it when you’re active on social media. I don’t necessarily think he’s going to win this week, but at 100/1 he’s certainly worth a small bet. I played a few good golf from then on in so was happy with my score.
The Irishman added: “I’ve been looking forward to getting started as a pro for a while”. No better place to do it than on a links-style course like this. Kingsbarns is such a handsome course, it’s in great condition and the weather is fantastic.
Danny Willett was in the thick of it at the Open Championship in July before winning the European Masters the following week and he’ll be one for “Nappy Factor” fans given he and his wife have just announced they’re expecting their first child but he’s not for me at around 20/1.
He has been paired with US sportsman Peter Uihlein.
Wall went one better around the Old Course, thanks largely to a run of four birdies in succession from the fourth after he had started on the 10th, while Jamie Donaldson and Chris Stroud took advantage of Kingsbarns’ somewhat friendlier set-up to shoot 65 and 66 respectively – putting both men alongside Dunne.