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European Golf Tour
PGA European - Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 10th
SITE: St. Andrews Golf Club (Old Course), St. Andrews, Scotland
         Carnoustie Golf Club (Championship Course), Carnoustie, Scotland
         Kingsbarns Golf Links, St. Andrews, Scotland
COURSE ARCHITECT: St. Andrews - Old Tom Morris (1863)
         Carnoustie - Allan Robertson (1842), Old Tom Morris (1867),
         James Braid (1926), James Wright (1937)
         Kingsbarns - Kyle Phillips (2000)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,305 (St. Andrews Golf Club)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 376 Yds10 - Par 4 380 Yds
2 - Par 4 453 Yds11 - Par 3 174 Yds
3 - Par 4 397 Yds12 - Par 4 348 Yds
4 - Par 4 480 Yds13 - Par 4 465 Yds
5 - Par 5 568 Yds14 - Par 5 618 Yds
6 - Par 4 412 Yds15 - Par 4 456 Yds
7 - Par 4 371 Yds16 - Par 4 423 Yds
8 - Par 3 175 Yds17 - Par 4 455 Yds
9 - Par 4 352 Yds18 - Par 4 357 Yds
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36 3,584 Yds36 3,721 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,412 (Carnoustie Golf Club)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 406 Yds10 - Par 4 466 Y
2 - Par 4 463 Yds11 - Par 4 383 Y
3 - Par 4 358 Yds12 - Par 5 504 Y
4 - Par 4 412 Yds13 - Par 3 176 Y
5 - Par 4 415 Yds14 - Par 5 514 Y
6 - Par 5 578 Yds15 - Par 4 472 Y
7 - Par 4 410 Yds16 - Par 3 248 Y
8 - Par 3 183 Yds17 - Par 4 461 Y
9 - Par 4 478 Yds18 - Par 4 485 Y
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36 3,703 Yds36 3,709 Y
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,150 (Kingsbarns Golf Links)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 414 Yds10 - Par 4 387 Y
2 - Par 3 200 Yds11 - Par 4 471 Y
3 - Par 5 516 Yds12 - Par 5 606 Y
4 - Par 4 415 Yds13 - Par 3 148 Y
5 - Par 4 426 Yds14 - Par 4 366 Y
6 - Par 4 337 Yds15 - Par 3 200 Y
7 - Par 4 455 Yds16 - Par 5 565 Y
8 - Par 3 168 Yds17 - Par 4 474 Y
9 - Par 5 558 Yds18 - Par 4 444 Y
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36 3,489 Yds36 3,661 Y
 
Annual:  10th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Simon Dyson
Runner-Up:  Rory McIlroy, Oliver Wilson
Tournament Record:  267 (Lee Westwood, 2003)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Luke Donald, 2004; Nick Dougherty, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  130 (David Howell, 2004)
Course Record:  62 (Curtis Strange, 1987; Brian Davis, 2003;
  Graeme McDowell, 2004 - St. Andrews)
  62 (Lee Westwood, 2003 - Kingsbarns)
  64 (Alan Tait, 1994, Colin Montgomerie, 1995, Raphael
  Jacquelin, 2003; Steve Stricker, Peter O'Malley,
  Paul Lawrie, 2007 - Carnoustie)
Total Purse:  $5,000,000
Individual Breakdown:  Winner: $785,467; 2nd Place: 523,641; 3rd Place: 294,957
Team Breakdown:  Winner: $50,000; 2nd Place - 30,000; 3rd Place: 20,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Simon Dyson268Ross McGowan273
Rory McIlroy271Darren Clarke274
Oliver Wilson271Luke Donald274
Richie Ramsay272Seven players at275
Rafael Cabrera-Bello272
 
Past Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Simon Dyson (268) -- Rory McIlroy, Oliver Wilson
2008*Robert Karlsson (278) -- Martin Kaymer, Ross Fisher
2007Nick Dougherty (270) -- Justin Rose
2006Padraig Harrington (271) -- Anthony Wall, Bradley Dredge, Edward Loar
2005Colin Montgomerie (279) -- Kenneth Ferrie
2004*Stephen Gallacher (269) -- Graeme McDowell
2003Lee Westwood (267) -- Ernie Els
2002*Padraig Harrington (269) -- Eduardo Romero
2001Paul Lawrie (270) -- Ernie Els

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly known as dunhill links championship (2001-05).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200120022003200420052006200720082009
Simon DysonT-52T-26T-49T-29T-49T-8T-55mcWon
Rory McIlroy------------------3rdT-8T-2
Oliver Wilson------------mcT-32mcT-40T-2
R. Cabrera-Bello------------------------T-4
Richie Ramsay------------------------T-4
Darren ClarkeT-24T-35T-4T-34T-7mcT-61T-48T-7
Lee WestwoodmcT-40WonT-5T-7T-8T-61T-8T-9
Paul McGinleyT-9T-58mcT-63T-41T-61T-23mcT-9
Peter Hanson---------mcT-23T-6T-10T-52T-16
Padraig HarringtonT-5WonT-35mcT-3WonT-8T-13T-26
Graeme McDowell---mcmc2ndmcmcT-36T-31T-26
Ernie Els2ndwd2ndT-7---5thT-6mcT-26
Francesco Molinari------------mcmcT-61T-60T-36
Soren HansenmcmcT-58mcmcT-61T-8T-8T-42
Bradley DredgemcmcmcT-34T-23T-2mcT-60T-42
Alvaro Quiros---------------------T-40T-62
Soren KjeldsenT-43T-40---T-34T-13T-8mcmcT-62
Robert KarlssonT-35mcmcmcT-3T-15T-61Wonmc
Ross Fisher---------------T-61T-49T-2mc
Nick DoughertyT-35mcT-35mcT-49T-27WonT-19mc
Paul LawrieWonT-40T-19mcmcT-15T-4mcmc
Colin MontgomerieT-5T-3mcT-23Wonmcmcmcmc
Martin Kaymer------------------T-15T-2---
Stephen GallachermcmcmcWonT-7mcmcT-24---
Retief GoosenT-9T-35---T-23---------T-52---
Edoardo Molinari---------------mc---mc---
John Daly---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Retief Goosen
Darkhorse - Richard Green
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (United States) - Lost to Europe
Last Week's Darkhorse (NA) - NA
 
NOTES:
The European Tour moves to the home of golf, Scotland, this week for the 10th annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Five of the top-seven players on the Race to Dubai will be competing this week. Martin Kaymer leads the Race to Dubai by 461,639 euros over Graeme McDowell. Lee Westwood is in third place, 731,662 euros back of Kaymer. All three players were members of the victorious European Ryder Cup team last week. Nine players from that squad are in the field - Kaymer, McDowell, Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson, Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher.

Last year, Simon Dyson fired a six-under 66 in the final round to earn his fourth European Tour crown at this event. Dyson finished at 20-under 268 and won by three over McIlroy and Oliver Wilson at the home of golf, the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Dyson began the final round one stroke back, but flew out of the gate. He knocked his approach to three feet to set up birdie at the first, then ran home an 18-footer for birdie at the second and was suddenly atop the leaderboard. After a par at the third, Dyson kicked in another short birdie putt at the fourth. He reached the green in two at the par-five fifth and his 35-foot eagle try just missed. He tapped in for another birdie to reach 18- under par for the championship. At the par-four sixth, Dyson rolled in a six- footer for birdie, and he made it four in a row thanks to a 15-footer at No. 7. He was 20-under par and four ahead after his six-under through seven start. No one mounted too much of a charge at Dyson, who added a birdie at the 12th. On a few occasions someone got within three strokes, but never closer. Dyson parred his next four holes and had some trouble at 17. He drove into the rough and his second landed in the tall grass as well. Dyson couldn't save par, but all that did was decrease his margin of victory from four strokes to three. It was his second win of 2009, having won the KLM Open in August.

In 2008, Robert Karlsson made a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Kaymer and Ross Fisher. Karlsson rolled in a four-foot birdie putt on St. Andrews' historic 18th green for his second win in four weeks and his ninth career title on the European Tour. Karlsson closed with a seven-under 65 in the final round, the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history.

Nearly three years after he broke through for his first European Tour victory, former amateur star and Nick Faldo protege, Nick Dougherty, finally claimed win No. 2 when he captured this event in 2007. Dougherty fired rounds of 67-66-66-71 to finish at 18-under-par 270 for a two-shot win over Justin Rose. Dougherty matched the 54-hole record of 199 set by Luke Donald in 2004. He also became the youngest winner in the event's history at 25 years and 136 days old. Dougherty's first win came on January 30, 2005, at the Caltex Masters in Singapore when he was 22 years old.

In 2006, Harrington carded a four-under 68 in the final round and ran away with his second title at this event. Harrington finished at 16-under-par 271, five clear of the field. The Irishman, who also won this title in 2002, was the only player in the field to card four rounds in the 60s.

The championship will be played over 72 holes of stroke play with one 18-hole round being played each day. The courses in the rotation are Carnoustie, the Old Course at St. Andrews and Kingsbarns. Professionals and amateurs are taking part in the 2010 event. Played in teams of two, comprising of one professional and one amateur, the competitors will play each of the three courses in rotation over the first three days with the final round being played over the Old Course at St. Andrews. After three rounds, the field will be reduced to the top-60 professionals and those tying for 60th place and the leading 20 teams. There will be two competitions running concurrently: An individual tournament for the professionals and a team competition which will comprise of the lower of the professionals and his amateur partner's score at each hole. Amateur men must have a recognized handicap of 18 or better that is verified by the player's home club. Amateur ladies must have a handicap of 24 or better.

Celebrities expected to play this week are: Tim Henman, Hugh Grant, Samuel L. Jackson, Franz Klammer, Huey Lewis, Kyle MacLachlan, John O'Hurley and Aidan Quinn.

This tournament carries on the tradition of excellence set by the Alfred Dunhill Cup during the 16 years that it was played over the Old Course at St. Andrews, promising to attract leading names in golf, entertainment and business to share in the celebration of Links Golf at its best.

There have been three albatrosses made at this event. Lee Westwood double- eagled the ninth hole at Kingsbarns in the third round in 2003, Steen Tinning made a deuce at the third hole at Kingsbarns during the third round in 2003 and Montgomerie made the first double-eagle at the third hole in the second round at Kingsbarns in 2002. When Westwood and Tinning made double-eagles in 2003 in the third round, it marked the first time in European Tour history that two albatrosses were made in the same round of the same event. There have also been seven aces made in tournament history. Three were made in 2002 by James Kingston, Anders Forsbrand and Raphael Jacquelin, while Henrik Bjornstad aced the 13th hole during round one at Carnoustie in 2003. In 2005, Garry Houston and Paul Eales both aced the second hole at Kingsbarns in the first round. In 2008, Unho Park aced the eighth hole at Kingsbarns in the second round.

The European Tour travels to Portugal next week for the Portugal Masters, where Westwood captured last year's event.

10/05 14:52:25 ET

As of October 5, 2010, at 02:52 PM ET