The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship celebrates links golf at its finest and is played over three of the world’s best links courses.
Play commenced yesterday (Thursday, October 1) on the Old Course at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and, of course, Carnoustie.
Heartthrob actor Jamie Dornan joined other celebrated stars of entertainment and many great sporting legends in the field, celebrating the 15th staging of this classic event, which raises significant funds for charity through the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation.
With a prize fund of US$5 million, the championship incorporates two separate competitions; an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and a team event in which the professionals are paired with some of the most celebrated amateur golfers, which creates a unique atmosphere.
Paul Lawrie, who won the first Alfred Dunhill Links in 2001, two years after triumphing in The Open at Carnoustie, had this to say about the famous Angus links: “I love it. I play there in the Dunhill and also a couple of times a year in social games and it’s a great feeling when you go there. I won The Open there so it will always be special.
“It’s always been a place that I’ve enjoyed playing, even before I won the Open there. I won the Daily Express National Pro-Am in 1991 in my Tartan Tour days.”
Lawrie added: “All three courses are in excellent condition, but Carnoustie stands out as being the best. It’s a great course.”