Stars to shine for Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Musician Huey Lewis returns to the competition.
Musician Huey Lewis returns to the competition.

It has been confirmed that Hollywood stars Andy Garcia and Hugh Grant head an A-list group bound for next week’s Dunhill.

Among the other big names teeing off with them will be Don Felder from the Eagles, Riverdance idol Michael Flatley, rock star Huey Lewis, Kyle MacLachlan of Desperate Housewives fame and actors James Nesbitt and Luke Wilson.

Andy Garcia, who has appeared in many films, including the Untouchables, the Godfather III and When a Man Loves a Woman, said he was delighted to be coming back to St Andrews.

He said: “I love the place, the people and the atmosphere. It’s a great privilege and I am looking forward to an excellent week on some of the greatest links courses in the world.”

Rock star Huey Lewis said: “I love the banter with the galleries. Everything they say about golf fans in Scotland is true. If you hit a good shot, you’ll get applause.”

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

The showbiz amateurs will be joining a field of professionals with 12 major champions, including Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington,Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Vijay Singh.

Defending champion Branden Grace will also be returning, hoping to become the first golfer to win back-to-back titles.