Young Jimmy Mullen continued to lead the dream of every 21-year-old in the kingdom on Friday, as he fired a 69 to maintain a share of the lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, reaching 11-under.
He’s tied for the lead with Anthony Wall, who at age 40 could truly be Mullen’s father.
Wall was sluggish on the back nine, shooting 1-over with three bogeys, then turned things around with a run of four birdies on the front nine to move up the leader board.
Paul Dunne, the other highly anticipated rookie in the field, slowed up from his Day 1 64 with a 70 and is one stroke behind the co-leaders.
Mullen, ranked 1,695th in the world entering the weekend, finished 3-under with a 69. He made two bogeys, but surrounded them with birdies both times.
Wall had started the tournament 65-68. He was 5-under on the front nine.
The most impressive second round was turned in by one of the Race to Dubai heavies in the field – Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat. After staggering to an opening-round 75, he responded with a 63 on Friday, making five birdies in a row at one stretch on the front nine, six in seven holes, seven in nine holes, and nine overall.