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2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Champion Michael Hoey

Sunday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Well it had to happen. After the glorious weather earlier in the week there was bound to be some rain and this morning it came down heavily. Players turned up at the first tee of the Old Course wrapped up from head to toe in waterproofs and so did the spectators. It is quite likely that in any other country the spectators would not show up given the wet conditions and watch the final round of the tournament in the comfort of their living rooms on TV. But not Scots! Being a foreigner myself it never stops amazing me how loyal and enduring the Scottish golf spectators, and particularly those in Fife, are and how they never let the players down.

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Posted on October 2, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

Helena and Don Felder

Saturday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

The sunny weather was replaced by overcast conditions today for the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The temperature dropped down to 14 degrees prompting a few wry remarks in the Media Centre that this is more like it for the Dunhill! The mood was still upbeat amongst the players and celebrities as the lack of wind made good scores likely.

Today was the decision day when the playing field was cut with leaders qualifying to play the final round on the Old Course. It was absolutely fantastic to see Alasdair McDougall, the local youngster from St Andrews Links Junior Association (SALJGA), make the cut with his playing partner Joost Luiten finishing with a team score of 11 under par. Alasdair has been playing well all the three days and even managed a birdie on the legendary 17th hole of the Old Course on Thursday.

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Posted on October 1, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

Hugh Grant leaving the Old Course

Friday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Yet another glorious day dawned at St Andrews for the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The Mediterranean conditions continued and brought smiles to the faces of the players, celebrities and spectators alike. There can’t be a better place to play golf than Fife when the weather is like this.

Many of the leading players were at Carnoustie today and the good conditions certainly helped them shoot some low scores. The joint leaders at 12 under par are at the end of the second round were Tommy Fleetwood and Michael Hoey closely followed by Louis Oosthuizen at 11 under. Defending champion Martin Kaymer is keeping close to the leaders just three shots behind. Plenty of players are within five shots of the lead including Graeme McDowell on 10 under par.

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Posted on September 30, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Thursday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

On Thursday morning the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship started at 9 am at all three courses with players teeing off from the 1st and 10th tee. We could not have wished for better weather. St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie were basking in the sun, the sea was looking as calm as a village pond and not even a wee breeze disturbed the scenery. With temperatures sitting around the 20 degree mark it is the kind of weather that makes people (the visitors especially) fall in love with Scotland. The excitement the good weather brought was still very much alive in the media centre this morning. One of the journalists who has been coming to St Andrews for 23 years to cover various tournaments said that he did not remember having weather like this even once. Well, it certainly is a huge improvement compared to last year when we were nearly blown away together with the whole media tent.

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Posted on September 29, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

McIlroy_Dunhill

Wednesday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the world´s leading golf events. It is a magnet for golfers from every corner of the world and a celebration of links golf, which many believe is the purest form of the game. In 2011 we are celebrating the 11th edition of the event which will be played over three golf courses at St Andrews (Old Course), Kingsbarns and Carnoustie starting with the first round tomorrow.

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Posted on September 28, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

Sunday at the Dunhill

10. 10. 2010

A very memorable date we have got today and for Martin Kaymer from Germany it will become forever connected with his victory at the 10th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Kaymer finished the fourth round with a total score of 17 under par and secured himself a victory with a comfortable three stroke lead.

Kaymer said: “It was always one of my dreams to win here at St Andrews. I can still remember my first day I came out here when I was an amateur and walking down the first hole, walking over the bridge, all of those things, they felt very special to me. It is very special for me to win here today in the home of golf. It has been a fantastic week.”

John Parry who managed to hold onto his lead for three rounds missed a few putts in the final round to finish three strokes behind Kaymer.

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Posted on June 6, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

Saturday at the Dunhill

9. 10. 2010

It was an exciting day for England’s John Parry on Friday at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews. On a day of low cloud, mist and drizzle which kept scoring low, the talented 23-year-old Yorkshireman, shot 12 under par including seven birdies and no bogeys and secured himself a four point lead.

Parry, who as an amateur played in the same Walker Cup team as European Ryder Cup star Rory McIlroy, gave much of the credit for his excellent round to his putting. He said: “I pretty much holed every putt for two days. It\’s going to be a big help when you\’re doing that, especially in the wind because you\’re always going to be struggling to get up and down from different positions.

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Friday at the Dunhill

8. 10. 2010

It is a cloudy and drizzly start to the day at St Andrews which is (as expected) yet again presenting the players with all sorts of weather challenges.

Big galleries turned up for the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship yesterday at Kingsbarns where the top players enjoyed a spectacular sunny day. The Scottish player Martin Laird emerged victorious from the battle over Kingsbarns fairways with a score of six under par. It is off to the Old Course at St Andrews today.

The excitement, hard work and fun of being a professional golfer was brought to life for the children of Kingsbarns Primary School after they were visited by Italian player Matteo Manassero. A rising star on the European Tour, Matteo took time out from his tournament preparations to visit the children and talk to them about golf and his own meteoric rise.

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Thursday at the Dunhill

7. 10. 2010

Wednesday afternoon saw four members of the victorious European Ryder Cup team taking part in a press conference at St Andrews media centre. Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowel and the captain Colin Montgomerie were all looking a bit tired after the drama and the subsequent celebrations of the past few days at the Ryder Cup but at the same time they were the embodiment of happiness, pride and team spirit. The conference was held in a very relaxed manner and allowed the media to share a bit of the victorious euphoria.

Lee Westwood got asked what he had done since Monday evening to which he replied: “You really want to know what I’ve done since Monday night? I wish I could remember. Obviously everybody was quite happy on Monday evening, and why not? It was an incredible Ryder Cup and the result in the end showed just how close the two teams were. Very, very evenly matched. The weather almost added to the drama and fortunately the result turned out in our favour.”

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Wednesday at the Dunhill

6. 10. 2010

The Dunhill week at St Andrews is as much about socialising as it is about golf. Some of the best known and most enthusiastic amateur golfers join a world-class field of professionals and turn St Andrews into a celebrity hot spot for the week.

Celebrities from the world of entertainment include film and TV stars Matthew Goode, Hugh Grant, Sam L. Jackson, Kyle MacLachlan, James Nesbitt, John O’Hurley and Aidan Quinn.

Also taking part are rock music legend Huey Lewis and Michael Flatley, the Irish/American step dancer and producer who created the Riverdance show, and playing for the first time will be popular Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans.

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