Willet leads star cast at St. Andrews

Danny Willet is at the head of a loaded cast for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

Danny Willet is at the head of a loaded cast for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

A star-studded line-up of Major Championship winners, including current Masters champion, Danny Willett, and members of the 2016 European Ryder Cup team, will be playing in next month’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

England’s Willett, who won his first Major in dramatic fashion at Augusta earlier this year, will be flying straight from the Ryder Cup in Hazeltine in a bid to win his first Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Joining him will be Ryder Cup team-mates in Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, and England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Chris Wood, plus captain Darren Clarke.

Kaymer and Westwood are both former winners of the Championship, and will be joined by other Major champions in the field include Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Angel Cabrera and Y.E.Yang.

Also playing are former winner and world number 13, Branden Grace, leading Irish golfer Shane Lowry, Andrew Johnston, now universally known as ‘Beef’, and former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

With a prize fund of US$5 million, the Alfred Dunhill Links incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and a team championship in which the professionals are paired with the amateur golfers which creates a unique atmosphere.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which takes place from October 6 to 9, celebrates links golf at its finest and is played over three of the world’s best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links.

In June 2011, the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation was established as the official Foundation of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The Foundation is committed to developing young amateur golfers in Scotland and South Africa and also supports the University of St Andrews and the St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation, which refurbishes and preserves historical monuments in the town.

• Culled from www.europeantour.com



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