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Saturday at the Dunhill

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.

Parry tenaciously clung to a two-shot lead after an exciting and tense third round in the 10th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Parry, trying to secure a second straight win on the European Tour, shot a 71 at Carnoustie for a 13-under-par total, but breathing down his neck is US PGA champion and Ryder Cup star Martin Kaymer and Spain’s Alvaro Quiros, with England’s Danny Willett a further shot back.

But looming behind them all is the ominous figure of Lee Westwood, who despite a leg injury, shot one of the best rounds of the day with a six-under-par 66 at Carnoustie, which left him five behind Parry and promised the prospect of a thrilling finale at St Andrews.

Whether Westwood can overtake the others to win his second Alfred Dunhill Links Championship will be decided over the humps and hollows of the Old Course tomorrow, but the rewards would be massive as victory would take him to No 1 in the world rankings.

Westwood said: “I think everybody out here would love to be able to say they are the best player in the world. We all know how much hard work goes into it. So it\’s the accolade where you look at the list and you\’re right at the top. No 1 obviously means a lot. It would be the high point of my career.”

Partnering the professionals are an enthusiastic group of talented amateur golfers including some world-famous celebrities. Their reflections on the second round played over the Old Course at St Andrews reveal how much fun and excitement the tournament brings to them.

British actor Hugh Grant, playing with Simon Dyson, said: “Our score after three rounds is not at all bad, and I just hope we make the cut to play here at St Andrews again on Sunday. From my own point of view, it is noticeable how my game suffers once the television cameras begin to follow us. Yes, I know it is strange that I should be unnerved by film cameras, but there you are. On the golf course you are not in your comfort zone.“

Radio and TV presenter Chris Evans, playing with Oliver Wilson in his first Alfred Dunhill Links Championship said: “For me, in my first Dunhill it’s just a joy to be involved and to have this experience. It is an amazing tournament and experience. What is brilliant for us amateurs is seeing how the professionals do it from up close. We really don’t play the same game as they do. And that’s not just in how they hit the ball and how far. They have 20 different ways to chip it, and 20 different ways to hit every shot. I can hit a decent shot every now and again, but I can’t play that shot in 20 different ways. It’s remarkable to watch.”

Harry Crosby, son of legendary singer Bing Crosby, playing in his first Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, said it was like taking a trip down memory lane returning to the Old Course. He said: “The last time I played the Old Course was with my father probably in 1975. I was just a kid of about 15 and I have fond memories of it. I played two or three summers here and he loved to come. We would stay at Gleneagles and swing by Turnberry and then play here.”

The photo below shows a rather unique European triumph. European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie takes centre stage at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews with the Ryder Cup won by Europe at Celtic Manor, along with two of his players from that team, Graeme McDowell (right) with the US Open trophy he won at Pebble Beach in June and Martin Kaymer with the US PGA Championship trophy he won at Whistling Straits.

If you are up for learning more about my week behind the scenes at The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship follow this blog.

Posted on June 6, 2011 by admin@golfcomms

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