Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Dunhill Links Championship keeps Scotland in 

the golfing spotlight for another week

Scotland remains at the centre of the golfing spotlight this week, with four of Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup team and captain Paul McGinley taking part in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the country’s east coast.
World Number One Rory McIlroy will play alongside his father Gerry in the pro-am format across three of Scotland’s top links course; Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and St Andrews Old Course.
The four-time Major Champion, twice a runner up in the event, is joined by France’s Victor Dubuisson, Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Martin Kaymer, all of whom helped Europe to a 16½-11½ victory against the United States at Gleneagles last week.
Defending champion is Englishman David Howell, the former Ryder Cup player, who defeated American Peter Uihlein 12 months ago to claim his fifth European Tour title and first since 2006.
There is also a strong South African contingent in the field, including Major Champions Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, along with Branden Grace, the 2012 champion.

Key player quotes

Rory McIlroy
“I probably couldn't have picked a better week to play after The Ryder Cup. It is great to play on three of my favourite golf courses in the world and be able to walk around with my dad and my best friend, as well, who is on the bag this week.  It's a nice way to try and come down after really what as such an incredible week last week.
“I’m obviously still on a bit of a high from The Ryder Cup, but I’m looking forward to get to go and play some golf with my dad and hopefully continue the good golf that I have played over the past few months, and have another chance to win a tournament here.”

Stephen Gallacher
“When you get the chance to play three of the best courses in the world, it's hard not to play them.  We don't get a chance too often to play these courses in links golf, which is something I grew up playing.
“I'm a wee bit tired still just now, but I had a couple of days at home and drove up this morning.  I’m not going to over‑exert myself and try and play the three courses (in practice).  I know them well anyway.  Hopefully rest is going to be the key for me doing well this week.”

Martin Kaymer
“This (St Andrews) is a little bit of a magical place.  I feel very lucky.  It always feels like home, but this year it's definitely as close as it gets.  It was never a thought for me to skip the event, especially after The Ryder Cup.  I've always played well here in the past.  There are a lot of positives this week.”

Paul McGinley
“I played well here last year.  I really enjoyed it.  I'm playing with Kyle MacLachlan again - we started playing together in 2001.  We've only missed one or two, and he's become a great friend of mine and it's great to be able to spend that time with him.
“In some ways, this is the perfect event to follow The Ryder Cup.  It doesn't have the intensity of a normal event because there’s more room, things are spread out, and there's much more variety of people coming together.  So I'm doing it just like it's any week. I’m back to play golf again, and I enjoy playing golf.”


 Selected pairings for tomorrow’s play are:
Carnoustie (All 1st tee)
09.22: Ernie Els and Johann Rupert / Ryan Palmer and Ogden Phipps II
09.33: Rory McIlroy and Gerry McIlory / Charl Schwartzel and Jeremy Ord
09.44: Louis Oosthuizen and  Andrew Chandler / Martin Kaymer and Patrick Roeseler
09.55: Colin Montgomerie and Jerry Yang / Padraig Harringto and J.P.McManus
10.06: Thongchai Jaidee and  Bill Murray / Danny Willett and Jamie Dornan
10.17: Tommy Fleetwood and Tim Henman / Peter Uihlein and Huey Lewis
10.50: Sir Nick Faldo and Matthew Faldo / Victor Dubuisson and Jean-Pierre Rouvet
11.12: Edoardo Molinari and Greg Kinnear / David Howell and Hugh Grant
11.23: Paul McGinley and Kyle MacLachlan / Robert Karlsson and Damian Lewis

St Andrews (All 1st tee)
09.00: Robert Rock and Joe Kernen / Oliver Fisher and  Brian O’Driscoll
09.22: Alvaro Quiros and  Johan Elliot / David Horsey and Sir Ian Botham
09.44: Ricardo Santos & Luis Figo / Fabrizio Zanotti & Michael Vaughan
09.55: Daan Huizing & Johan Cruyff / Marcel Siem & Michael Ballack
10.06: Morten Orum Madsen and Ruud Gullit / Darren Fichardt and Sir Bobby Charlton
10.17: Andrew Johnston and Alan Hansen / Ross Fisher and Jamie Redknapp
11.12: Darren Clarke and Andrew Harding / Chris Wood and Sir Steve Redgrave
11.23: Graeme Storm and Damon Hill / Sandy Lyle and Don Felder.

Entrance to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship will be FREE at all three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 
A ticket price of £20 (concessionary £15) will be charged for the final day’s play over the Old Course on Sunday, October 5.  
Entry for under 16s and students is free. Tickets are available through the ticket hotline on 0844 581 4922 or at the entrance gates. 



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