REIGNING Open champion Ernie Els is to play in this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie.
The popular South African, who won The Open over the links at Royal Lytham, has confirmed he is planning to be in the field for the Championship, which takes place from October 4 to 7.
Els will be bidding for a unique links golf double as he tries to win both The Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the same calendar year.
Defending champion Michael Hoey will also be returning to Carnoustie, hoping to become the first golfer to win back-to-back Alfred Dunhill Links titles.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which celebrates links golf at its finest, is played over three of the world’s best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links.