Stars tee off in Alfred Dunhill at Carnoustie

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HOLLYWOOD stars Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia join a world-class field of professionals, led by three of this year’s major championship winners, Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel, for this year’s prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championshipm which began yesterday morning (Thursday) and continues until Sunday.

Other celebrities from the world of entertainment include film and television stars Hugh Grant and John O’Hurley, rock music legends Don Felder of the Eagles, Huey Lewis and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, plus popular radio presenter Chris Evans.

A quartet of Britain’s sporting knights – Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave - lead a locker room full of sporting heroes, including Dutch football legends Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit, former England player Jamie Redknapp and Scottish defender Alan Hansen.

The amateurs will be playing in one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

In addition to Darren Clarke, who won an emotional Open Championship at the age of 42 in July, fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, runaway winner of the US Open, and US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel from South Africa, the line-up includes current world number one and number two, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, world number six Dustin Johnson and major championship winners Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen.

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.

With a prize fund of $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.

Carnoustie draws are as follows:

Today (Friday), round two, starting at the first hole:

9 a.m. - Colin Montgomerie and Michael Douglas and Retief Goosen and Johan Eliasch. 9.11 - Lee Westwood and Johann Rupert and Darren Clarke and Andrew Chandler. 9.22 - Charl Schwartzel and George Schwartzel and Ernie Els and Neels Els. 9.33 - Martin Kaymer and Horst Kaymer and Dustin Johnson and Austin Johnson. 9.44 - Pablo Martin and Paul Harris and Miguel Angel Jiménez and Brian Higgins. 9.55 - James Byrne and Peter Dawson and Raphaėl Jacquelin and Richard Gilbert.

10.06 - Louis Oosthuizen and Rikus Oosthuizen and George Coetzee and Rurik Gobel. 10.17 - Robert Karlsson and Dermot Desmond and Padraig Harrington and JP McManus. 10.28 - Graeme McDowell and Gary McDowell and Rory McIlroy and Gerry McIlroy. 10.39 - Lorenzo Gagli and Richard Wainwright and Tom Lewis and Ian Webb. 10.50 - Matteo Manassero and Eric Gleacher and Luke Donald and Jamie Redknapp.

11.01 - Anthony Michael and Schalk Burger and Thomas Björn and Stan Druckenmiller. 11.2 - Alvaro Quiros and Pasco Alfaro and J.J. Henry and Nick Acquavella. 11.3 - Peter Hanson and Ogden Phipps II and Thomas Levet and Philippe Laffont.

Starting at the 10th:

9 a.m. - Matthew Griffin and Dylan Matthews and Paul Cutler and Kieran McManus. 9.11 - Mark Brown and David Kilburn and Simon Dyson and Huey Lewis. 9.22 - Floris De Vries and Allan Mcartney and James Morrison and Michael Wang. 9.33 - Grégory Havret and Jarrett Kling and Stephen Dodd and Mike Meeser. 9.44 - Simon Khan and Robert Cummings Jr. and Sųren Hansen and Edward Herlihy. 9.55 - Graeme Storm and Robert Hersov and Victor Dubuisson and Ahmed Tayeb.

10.06 - Rafa Echenique and Robert Hissom andAlexander Noren and Ernesto Bertarelli. 10.17 - Thomas Aiken and Marvin Shanken and Chris Wood and William Terlato. 10.28 - Jeppe Huldahl and Allan Stanton and Scott Hend and Scott Desano. 10.39 - Kenneth Ferrie and Stephen Marks and Niclas Fasth and John O’Hurley. 10.50 - Matthew Zions and Graham Head and Gareth Paddison and Dan Martin.

11.01 - Alejandro Canizares and Lisa O’Hurley and Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Paula Gleacher. 11.12 - Damien McGrane and Noreen McManus and Anthony Wall and Natalie Black Kohler. 11.23 - Tjaart Van Der Walt and Leigh Ord and Jaco Van Zyl and Gaynor Rupert.

Tomorrow (Saturday), round three, starting at the first hole:

9 a.m. - Richard Bland and Sean Summers and Neil Schietekat and Charlie Van Dyk. 9.11 - Markus Brier and Rolf Braunegg and Grégory Bourdy and Pascal Grizot. 9.22 - Steve Webster and Richard Bevan and Richard Finch and Paddy Nicoll. 9.33 - Keith Horne and Hans Kertess and Shane Lowry and Gerry McManus. 9.44 - Kieran Pratt and William Getty and David Bransdon and David Coe. 9.55 - Phillip Price and Frank Keener and Peter Lawrie and John Hegarty.

10.06 - Bradley Dredge and James Devane and Seve Benson and Denis Bowden. 10.17 - Richie Ramsay and Douglas Connon and Marcus Both and Peter Bowden. 10.28 - Robert Dinwiddie and Jan Bengtsson and David Dixon and Harry You. 10.39 - Daniel Gaunt and Harry Rossouw and Soren Kjeldsen and Gerry Tvedt. 10.50 - Michael Jonzon and Philip Wente and Romain Wattel and Don St Pierre Jr.

11.01 - Tommy Fleetwood and Harry Van Dyk and Jbe Kruger and Christer Lihammar. 11.12 - José Manuel Lara and Hans-Walter Peters and James Kingston and Piet du Toit. 11.23 - Fabrizio Zanotti and Ludovico del Balzo and Alvaro Velasco and Jeronimo Esteve.

Starting at the 10th:

9 a.m. - Johnson Wagner and Thomas Jermoluk and Fredrik Andersson Hed and Jeff Kelter. 9.11 - Patrick Reed and John Tyson and Michael Campbell and David Simon. 9.22 - Paul Lawrie and Martin Gilbert and Alan McLean and Liam Botham. 9.33 - Joost Luiten and Morne Du Plessis and Henrik Stenson and Mats Andersson. 9.44 - Todd Hamilton and Ed Shaw and Scott Strange and Daniel James. 9.55 - Richard McEvoy and Aidan Heavey and Oliver Fisher and Ian Snow.

10.06 - Scott Jamieson and Duncan Simpson-Craib and Gary Orr and Jim Kinnear. 10.17 - Ross McGowan and Chris Goodwin and Marcel Siem and Andreas Infanger. 10.28 - Stephen Gallacher and Sir Martyn Arbib and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Allan Patterson. 10.39 - Thongchai Jaidee and Jim Crane and Oskar Henningsson and William Dewsall. 10.50 - Robert Rock and Harry Crosby and Michael Hoey and William Farish Jr.

11.01 - Christian Cévaer and Patrick Kron and Tano Goya and Manuel de los Santos. 11.12 - Brett Rumford and Ric Lewis and Steven O’Hara and Wayne Quasha. 11.23 - Mathias Grönberg and Dillie Malherbe and David Drysdale and Alan Quasha.

The final of the competition takes place over the Old Course, St Andrews, on Sunday.