Following Paul Dunne’s surprise success at the British Masters, the PGA European Tour heads to Scotland for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2017.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is unlike most golf tournaments. It is one of few Pro-Am tournaments that the golf world offers. The professionals are joined on the green by amateurs of their choice for part of the tournament, making up teams of two.
Previous amateur selections have included the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar Pistorius, Michael Phelps, Gary Lineker and Hugh Grant.
This year’s tournament will see Northern Irish star Rory McIlroy play alongside his father, while former sports stars Kevin Pietersen, Luis Figo and Wladimir Klitschko will also be taking part.
The three day event will be spread over three courses and two competitions. The first will see the professional golfers compete in an individual stroke play event, while they will also take part in the Pro-Am competition.
Ahead of one of the PGA European Tour’s most highly anticipated stops, here’s everything you need to know:
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Where is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship played?
The tournament is held each year at three of Scotland’s best golf courses. These are:
- The Old Course at St. Andrews, one of the world’s oldest courses, located in Fife.
- The Carnoustie Golf Links, previous host of seven Open Championships, located in Angus.
- The Kingsbarns Golf Links, voted one of the world’s top 100 courses, located in Fife.
When is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2017?
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2017 will begin on Thursday, 5 October and run until Sunday, 8 October.
As the tournament is played over three courses, there will be lots of action to catch over the next few days.
The tournament will get underway on Wednesday at 9am London time. George Coetzee and Ross Fisher will tee off first at St. Andrews old course. Marcus Fraser and Ricardo Gouveia will start at Carnoustie. Niclas Fasth and Nathan Kimsey will start at Kingsbarns.
Alfred Dunhill tee times
Round one will begin at 9:00am and run until 11:23 on the first day of the Alfed Dunhill Links Championship.
Rory McIlroy will take to the course at 9:22, while current champion Tyrrell Hatton will begin his defence at 11:12am.
The full list of tee times for all four rounds can be found on the European Tour website.
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2017 favourites
As always, Rory McIlroy has been made the bookies favourite to win the tournament.
However, as Paul Dunne proved last week, the favourite doesn’t always finish first.
Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Branden Grace make up the top five players tipped for victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2017, according to odds comparison side Oddschecker.
Are Dunhill Links 2017 tickets still available?
You don’t need a ticket to spectate the tournament on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. However, tickets are required for Sunday, as the tournament comes to a close.
Tickets are still available to purchased here, costing £20 for an adult and £15 for those aged 60+. Students and under-16s will be allowed to attend for free on all four days.
Is the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2017 on TV?
Sky Sports subscribers in the United Kingdom will be able to watch the action on television.
It will be shown on Sky Sports Golf on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (1pm-5pm), as well as Sunday (12:30pm-5:30pm). Highlight shows will also be played multiple times each day.
The Golf Channel will be broadcasting the event in the United States, with coverage between 1pm London time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Likewise, the final day will be broadcast from 12:30pm to 5:30pm.