$5m prize fund draws strong field
Rory tees it up at Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Close: Rory McIlroy (pic: SNS Group)
World No. 2 Rory McIlroy is the latest big name to confirm his participation in next month’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.
Fresh from his triumph in the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup in Atlanta which saw him bank $15 million, the four-time Major winner says he will be hunting for more success north of the Border.
Staged over the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns and with a prize fund of $5m, the Alfred Dunhill Links incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and the Team Championship, in which the pros are paired with amateur players, creating a unique atmosphere.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s an event I always enjoy,” said McIlroy, a three-time runner-up.
“I love links golf and the three courses we play are some of the best and most famous in the world. With a bit of luck, maybe I can finally win it this year. I’ve come very close a few times and it would mean a lot to me.”
McIlroy joins Tommy Fleetwood, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els, Graeme McDowell, Tyrrell Hatton, Lee Westwood, Eddie Pepperell, Matt Wallace and Luke Donald in the field.
Among the amateurs already confirmed are sports stars Sir Steve Redgrave, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Warne, Luis Figo, Ruud Gullit, Jamie Redknapp, Andriy Shevchenko and Sir Anthony (AP) McCoy, plus TV and showbiz stars Ronan Keating and Piers Morgan.
Admission is free for all spectators over the first three days with final day tickets on Sunday, 29 September available to purchase at the entrance gates for £20.