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The DP World Tour is back to Scotland this week, for one of the most anticipated weeks on the golf calendar.
In a summer where golf fans across Scotland have been treated to some of the best quality and highest drama on the golf course, there’s one last chance to see the stars up close.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is a favourite amongst the pros, as it gives them the chance to play three of Scotland’s best links courses, while enjoying a different format to the norm.
The players will be taking on Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course, before a cut on Saturday night. Following that cut, the top 60 and ties will play the Old Course on Sunday, with the top 20 teams progressing to the final day.
Each pro will have an amateur, often a celebrity, for company, with their nett scores counting towards the team event.
It’s one of the biggest fields in professional golf, as 168 DP World Tour players are teeing it up this week. They include star names Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick, as well as plenty local interest too. Recent winners Robert MacIntyre, Ewen Ferguson and Richie Ramsay will all be looking to add to their victories this season.
Such is the size of the field, there’s also plenty players who will see this week as a chance to get their season moving in the right direction.
Last year, it was Danny Willett who came out on top with a total of 18-under-par, while Michael Hoey and Maeve Danaher won the team competition.
Let’s take a look at all the details ahead of the week…
Alfred Dunhill Links details
Courses: Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, Old Course, St Andrews
Course stats: 7,227 yards, Par 72; 7,394 yards, Par 72; 7,318 yards, Par 72
Defending champion: Danny Willett
Alfred Dunhill Links betting tips
Here’s who the bookies are expecting to do well this week…
Rory McIlroy 9/2
Matt Fitzpatrick 11/1
Shane Lowry 12/1
Tyrrell Hatton 14/1
Tommy Fleetwood 18/1
Thomas Pieters 28/1
Robert MacIntyre 33/1
Talor Gooch 33/1
Louis Oosthuizen 35/1
The bunkered Bet
Rasmus Højgaard 40/1
Rasmus was agonisingly close to winning last week in France, and seems good value at 40/1. He also has the best of the draw, with the difficult Carnoustie first, followed by the more gentle Kingsbarns on Friday, which looks to be the worst day for weather.
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A week to go to the #dunhilllinks. Golf legend @garyplayer reveals the secret of playing the challenging 11th on the Old Course - ‘remember it’s a hole for the needy, not the greedy’— Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (@dunhilllinks) September 22, 2022
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Alfred Dunhill Links how to watch
Firstly, if you’re in the area and want to head down and watch the golf, then admission on the first three days of competition is free and doesn’t require a ticket. Tickets for Sunday need to be bought in advance, and that can be done here.
Sky Sports Golf will have the TV coverage from Thursday to Sunday, with the first three days a 12noon start. On Sunday morning, coverage from the Old Course will get underway at 11.30am.
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