A-list celebrities are in the line-up for this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, alongside the world’s leading golfers to celebrate the competition’s 20th anniversary.
Music personalities Ronan Keating, David Farrell from ‘Linkin Park‘, ‘Keane’s Tom Chaplin and Brad Simpson from ‘The Vamps‘ will share the fairways with US rock musicians Huey Lewis and ‘Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres.
This year the popular championship will take place at the Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Golf Links from September 30 until October 3.
Pros paired with celeb amateurs
Ronan Keating said: “It’s the most exciting date in the calendar for amateur golfers.
“You can’t play alongside Ronaldo if you’re an amateur football player, but you can play next to Lee Westwood or Justin Rose, so it’s a wonderful thing to be part of and to see the best in their games.”
Playing in all Alfred Dunhill Links Championships since 2001, five-time Olympic gold-medallist rower Sir Steve Redgrave said he had some brushing up to do on his golfing skills after coaching the China Olympic rowing team in Tokyo this year.
He said: “I’ve made the cut three times and quite honoured to have done it.
“I haven’t been playing much golf so I’ve got a lot of brushing up to do.
“The pros are sometimes in awe of the amateurs, but not for their golfing normally.
“It’s such a fantastic feeling of being able to be next to the cream of the cream while they’re playing in their competition.”
Jamie Redknapp said the championship’s courses are among the “most wonderful in the world”.
“The Old Course is the most historic place to play golf, Carnoustie is an awesome championship venue and Kingsbarns is spectacularly beautiful, you can see the sea from every hole,” he added.
With a prize fund of US$5 million, the Alfred Dunhill Links will incorporate two separate competitions: an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and the Team Championship, where pro’s are paired with amateur players.
Frenchman Victor Perez, who has held the Alfred Dunhill Links trophy for two years after the 2020 Championship due to last years event cancellation, will be defending his title at the end of this month.