Stars come out for tournament

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The stars of stage, screen and sport were out in force in Carnoustie yesterday (Thursday) when the Dunhill Links rolled into town.

And the celeb spotting doesn’t stop there as even more well-known faces are set to step out on to the Championship Course today (Friday).

Darren clark teeing of on the 1st hole at the Dunhill Carnoustie on Thursday.

Darren clark teeing of on the 1st hole at the Dunhill Carnoustie on Thursday.

The Dunhill Links sees professional golfers team up with amateurs and play Carnoustie as well as St Andrews and Kingsbarns.

And those lucky enough to be down at Carnoustie Links yesterday morning would have seen the likes 
of Hollywood actors Andy Garcia and Hugh Grant 
as well as five times Olympic gold rowing medallist 
Sir Steve Redgrave and former British number 
one tennis player Tim 
Henman.

They were also joined by Riverdance star Michael Flatley and American actor Kyle MacLachlan as well as top professionals Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington, who won the 2007 Open in the town.

And today also promises to be a star studded event as the likes of James Nesbitt, Shane Warne, Andrew Strauss, Sir Ian Botham, Michael Vaughan and Sir Bobby Charlton tee off.

Ernie Els tees off on the 1st at Carnoustie Dunhill on Thursday.

Ernie Els tees off on the 1st at Carnoustie Dunhill on Thursday.

But flying the flag for 
local interests in the 
competition will be 15-year-old Carnoustie High student Claire Robertson, winner 
of the Dunhill Schools’ 
Challenge earlier this 
month.

Speaking after her call up to this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Claire said: “The invitation came via text message while I was having my lunch at school. I was surprised to get the opportunity to play, but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a real thrill.”

As she heads into the competition with professional Paul Waring, she will be joined by her 18-year-old sister Holly who will be her caddie throughout the event.

Claire will be in action at Carnoustie today and will play off the 10th at 9 a.m. She played St Andrews yesterday and will play Kingsbarns tomorrow (Saturday).

Sir Steve Redgrave tees off at the 1st Carnoustie in the 2013 Dunhill.

Sir Steve Redgrave tees off at the 1st Carnoustie in the 2013 Dunhill.

Entry at Carnoustie today and tomorrow is free.