How do you upstage the guy trying to do something that hasn’t been done in golf in 62 years?
By doing something that hasn’t been done in 85 years.
That was the calling card Sunday for 22-year-old amateur from Ireland Paul Dunne, who fired a 6-under 66 to tie Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day for the lead of the 144th Open Championship.
A native of Dublin, Dunne played collegiately at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and finished fifth at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
Dunne did not record a single bogey on the day, peppering the course with five birdies on the first 10 holes and adding another on 15.
Oosthuizen, who won here in 2010, shot a 67 to tie Dunne and Day at 12-under, bogeying twice, but adding three birdies on the front nine and four more on the back.
Day, who was in the running at the US Open prior to his bout with vertigo, also had a bogey-free round.
The trio are a stroke ahead of No. 2 Jordan Spieth, who made a charge up from seventh with a 6-under 66. Spieth bogeyed No. 9, then birdied 10, 11, and 12 to make up for it.
Also double digits under par is Northern Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who is suddenly in hot pursuit of his third Open Championship, having previously won in 2007 and 2008.