This year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship marks a major landmark for the event. This is the 10th occasion the championship has been staged over the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
The first championship was staged in 2001, but before then Alfred Dunhill’s connections with St Andrews, through the Alfred Dunhill Cup, goes back to 1985, giving an unbroken span of 26 years of supporting golf at St Andrews.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the world’s leading golf events. A truly international championship, it is a magnet for golfers from every corner of the world and is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Tour.
A celebration of links golf, which many believe is the purest form of the game, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over three magnificent links courses - the Old Course (St Andrews), the Championship Course, Carnoustie (near Dundee) and Kingsbarns (10km south of St Andrews).
The Old Course at St Andrews is the most famous and most historic golf course in the world. For golfers everywhere the Old Course is a unique and special place. Here history and sport come together in a magical way. Golf has been played over these links for hundreds of years. It is universally acknowledged as the ‘Home of Golf’. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is the only major professional tournament played every year at St Andrews.
The association between Alfred Dunhill and golf in Europe has spanned more than two decades. It began with the Alfred Dunhill Cup, an international team competition which was played every autumn at St Andrews from 1985 to 2000, progressing in 2001 to become the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The championship has a unique format. It incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers with a US$5 million prize fund, and a team competition which features some of the most celebrated amateur golfers playing alongside the professionals.
Many of the world’s leading international players such as Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen and Fred Couples have played regularly in the championship together with the finest players in Europe. Additionally there is a strong representation of golfers from Southern Africa, Australia and Asia which gives the event a distinctive cosmopolitan feel.