Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

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Alfred Dunhill
Links Championship
Tournament information
Location Angus and Fife, Scotland
Established 2001
Course(s) St Andrews (Old Course)
Par 72 (SA) · 72 (C) · 72 (K)
Length 7,279 yards (6,656 m) (SA)
7,412 yards (6,778 m) (C)
7,150 yards (6,540 m) (K)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$5,000,000
Month played September
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 David Howell (2013)
265 Peter Uihlein (2013)
To par −23 David Howell (2013)
−23 Peter Uihlein (2013)
Current champion
England David Howell

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, is one of the richest golf tournaments on the European Tour. It is played in October, on three different links courses, centred on the "home of golf", St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

The tournament is a pro-am, with the format based on the long-running United States PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am held annually since 1937 (except during World War II), where each team consists of one amateur and one professional. The three course rotation consists of The Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Links and Kingsbarns Golf Links.

The cut is made of the top 60 professionals and the leading 20 pro-am teams, regardless of the professional member of the team making the individual cut. These players and teams advance to the final round at St Andrews.

Originally called the Dunhill Links Championship, the event was introduced in 2001 as a replacement for the Alfred Dunhill Cup, a three-man team tournament which became marginalised when the long established World Cup of Golf was given enhanced status as part of the World Golf Championships in 2000, becoming the WGC-World Cup.

To increase interest in the event, many of the amateurs are well known personalities from the worlds of sport and entertainment. These have included Nigel Mansell, Ian Botham, Gary Lineker, Boris Becker, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Pinsent, Hugh Grant, Michael Phelps, Oscar Pistorius and Shane Warne.


Year Winner Score Pro-Am winners
2013 England David Howell  265 (−23)PO Thomas Levet & David Sayer
2012 South Africa Branden Grace  266 (−22) Alexander Norén & Ernesto Bertarelli
2011 Northern Ireland Michael Hoey  266 (−22) Nick Dougherty & Chris Evans
2010 Germany Martin Kaymer  271 (−17) Robert Karlsson & Dermot Desmond
2009 England Simon Dyson  268 (−20) Søren Hansen & Kieran McManus 
2008 Sweden Robert Karlsson  278 (−10)PO John Bickerton & Bruce Watson 
2007 England Nick Dougherty  270 (−18) Scott Strange & Robert Coe 
2006 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington  271 (−17) Pádraig Harrington & J. P. McManus 
2005 Scotland Colin Montgomerie  279 (−9) Henrik Stenson & Rurik Gobel 
2004 Scotland Stephen Gallacher  269 (−19)PO Fred Couples & Craig Heatley 
2003 England Lee Westwood  267 (−21) Sam Torrance & Daniel Torrance 
2002 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington  269 (−19)PO Pádraig Harrington & J. P. McManus 
2001 Scotland Paul Lawrie  270 (−18) Brett Rumford & Chris Peacock 

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