Cricket great Shane Warne drained a seven-foot birdie putt on the final hole at St Andrews to complete a one-under round of 71 at the iconic Scottish golf venue.

Legspin legend Warne posted the scorecard of his "best ever round" on social media shortly after competing in the Dunhill Links Championship's pro-am tournament on Friday morning (AEST).

It would have been tough reading for some of golf's most seasoned professionals, with the larger-than-life 44-year-old recording par scores on the opening nine holes of the notoriously difficult Old Course.

A double-bogey on the 16th was a major blemish for the man with 708 Test wickets to his name but he recovered with yet another par and his ice-cool long putt on the 18th.

To put Warne's effort in perspective, his score was better than what Adam Scott and Tiger Woods managed in three of their four rounds in 2010 when The Open Championship was held at St Andrews.

On Friday, he got the better of major winners Vijay Singh (74), David Duval (73) and Louis Oosthuizen (74); and was hot on the heels of Retief Goosen (70) and Ernie Els (69).

Shane Warne and Peter O'Malley, who Warne bettered by three shots, were tied fourth in the pro-am at 11 under, five shots adrift of English professional Richard McEvoy and New York banker Michael Zankow.

"Thanks everyone for your tips & support ! I shot 71 off the stick today at St Andrews, my best ever round of golf #dunhilllinks," Warne posted on Twitter.


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