Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

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This article is about the European Tour golf tournament held in Scotland . For the European and Sunshine Tour golf tournament held in South Africa, see Alfred Dunhill Championship.
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)
Organized by IMG
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$5,000,000
Month played October
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 Oliver Wilson

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 54-hole 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 Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Pro-Am winners
2014 England Oliver Wilson 271 (−17) 1 stroke England Tommy Fleetwood
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
Scotland Richie Ramsay
Peter Lawrie & Kieran McManus
2013 England David Howell 265 (−23) Playoff United States Peter Uihlein Thomas Levet & David Sayer
2012 South Africa Branden Grace 266 (−22) 2 strokes Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen Alexander Norén & Ernesto Bertarelli
2011 Northern Ireland Michael Hoey 266 (−22) 2 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy Nick Dougherty & Chris Evans
2010 Germany Martin Kaymer 271 (−17) 3 strokes England Danny Willett Robert Karlsson & Dermot Desmond
2009 England Simon Dyson 268 (−20) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
England Oliver Wilson
Søren Hansen & Kieran McManus 
2008 Sweden Robert Karlsson 278 (−10) Playoff England Ross Fisher
Germany Martin Kaymer
John Bickerton & Bruce Watson 
2007 England Nick Dougherty 270 (−18) 2 strokes England Justin Rose Scott Strange & Robert Coe 
2006 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (2) 271 (−17) 5 strokes Wales Bradley Dredge
United States Edward Loar
England Anthony Wall
Pádraig Harrington & J. P. McManus 
2005 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 279 (−9) 1 stroke England Kenneth Ferrie Henrik Stenson & Rurik Gobel 
2004 Scotland Stephen Gallacher 269 (−19) Playoff Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell Fred Couples & Craig Heatley 
2003 England Lee Westwood 267 (−21) 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els Sam Torrance & Daniel Torrance 
2002 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington 269 (−19) Playoff Argentina Eduardo Romero Pádraig Harrington & J. P. McManus 
2001 Scotland Paul Lawrie 270 (−18) 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els Brett Rumford & Chris Peacock 

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