Alfred Dunhill Championship: England’s Oliver Wilson Shares Lead

England’s Oliver Wilson has given his chances of regaining his European Tour card a boost with an opening round of 64 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Wilson took a sponsor’s invitation and ended day one of play in a five-way tie for the lead at eight over par. The former Ryder Cup player originally lost his Tour card in 2011 and since then has been playing on the secondary Challenge Tour.

The 33-year-old said: "For the first time in probably over a year actually, I have some control over my shots."

He added: "I'm able to hit the shots and trust it under pressure. We've played some good courses the last few weeks on the Challenge Tour and I've played well, and that's built my confidence and I have a chance now to earn back my card in a few ways."

Currently Wilson is world number 489th and played in his opening round at Kingsbarns in an event which sees players alternate between that course, St Andrews and Carnoustie over the first three rounds.

Elsewhere on the field, fellow Englishmen Richard McEvoy and Tom Lewis also shot a 64, along with Chilean Mark Tullo and France’s Alexandre Kaleka.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: As It Stands:

-8: Alexandre Kaleka (Fra), Tom Lewis (Eng), Richard McEvoy (Eng), Mark Tullo (Chi), Oliver Wilson (Eng) -7: Matthew Baldwin (Eng), Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Mark Foster (Eng), George Murray (Sco)