Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland. Par 72, 7,307 Yards
Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, Scotland. Par 72, 7,345 Yards
Kingsbarns Golf Links, Fife, Scotland. Par 72, 7227 Yards
An impressive triumvirate of venues plays host to one of the quirkiest and most enjoyable events on the European Tour, as a strong field heads north of the border for the nineteenth staging of the Alfred Dunhill Links on the east coast of Scotland. The Dunhill Links is a Pro-Am for the first three days, where each player and their amateur partner plays each of the host courses, before those that progress to the final round compete around the famous old links at St Andrews on the Sunday; hoping to follow the likes of Westwood, Kaymer and Montgomerie in lifting this famous trophy. The top 60 pros, and the top 20 amateurs make it to Sunday.
The mood here is generally relaxed, and the courses are set up to be enjoyed by the amateurs as much as the professionals, and this has made for traditionally low scoring over the years. Kingsbarns is the shortest and easiest of the courses, whilst Carnoustie is the most difficult.Last year the latter averaged more than two shots per round more than the others. So much this week depends on how much of a factor the wind plays, and given the forecast it could be quite substantial; far more so than the benign setup enjoyed over the past three years. All three courses are natural links venues, and the draw could play a substantial part in who contends this year. Any players getting Carnoustie in the worst of the weather could be at a very significant disadvantage.
The keys to being successful here this week will be scoring on the par 4s, wind management, and good bunker play as, wind aside, the intelligent bunkering is an effective secondary defence for all three host courses. Proven links players are far more appealing this week than players in form given the unique nature of the challenge, and I will be looking for those that have performed well at these venues both in the recent Dunhill Links events, and also when the opens were staged at St Andrews and Carnoustie.
Last Five Winners:
2021: Danny Willett -18
2020: Event didn't happen.
2019: Victor Perez -22
2018: Lucas Bjerregaard -15
2017: Tyrrell Hatton -24
2016: Tyrrell Hatton -23
2015: Thorbjorn Olesen -18
2014: Oliver Wilson -17
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