imagine getting to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, all in three days.
Now imagine playing them with a European Tour player as your partner.
That’s what the lucky amateurs experience at the Dunhill Links Championship, this week’s stop on the European Tour. It’s the European version of the AT&T Pro-Am except there are two major bucket list courses in his lineup — The Old Course and Carnoustie. Kingsbarns has dramatic views and vistas but it is an artificial version of a links course — an Americanized version if you will.
The COVID pandemic wiped out the 2020 event so 2019 winner Victor Perez of France returns as the defending champion.
European Ryder Cup team members Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry are in the field along with European captain Paddy Harrington and vice captains Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer.
PGA Tour star Billy Horschel, who ranks second in the European Tour’s Race To Dubai points list, is also in this week’s field.
The cut for professionals will come after 54-holes rather than the traditional 36. The low 20 amateurs and their partners make it to Sunday’s final round on The Old Course.