Alfred Dunhill Links 2017
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the world's leading golf events and is a highlight each year in the Scottish golfing calendar. Once again the tournament did not disappoint with a number of record breaking scores and Tyrrell Hatton being crowned champion, making it a double for the Englishman.10 October 2017
The Dunhill Links Format
This championship is played over three magnificent courses in Scotland;
- Kingsbarns Golf Links - venue for the RICOH Women's British Open earlier this year
- Carnoustie Golf Links - Open course which will host the 147th Open next year
- The Old Course, St Andrews - 'The Home of Golf' and host of The Open Championship a record 29 times
The championship also has a unique format incorporating two seperate competitions - an individual professional tournament and a team competition with amateurs playing together with the professionals. Many of the amateurs are well known celebraties also from the world of sport or entertaiment. This year included the likes of Kevin Pieterson, Luis Figo, Wladimir Klitschko, Brian McFadden and Jamie Dornan. After the first 3 rounds, the top 60 professionals and top 20 pro-am teams head into the final day at The Old Course, St Andrews.
Kevin Pietersen with group on 1st tee at Carnoustie Golf Links
British Master's Champion Paul Dunne and Nicolas Colsaerts were joint leaders after round 1. However with a record breaking score of 63 at Carnoustie Golf Links, Tommy Fleetwood went top of the leaderboard after day 2 alongside Tyrrell Hatton, who scored a second round of 65 also at Carnoustie. Colsaerts and Dunne were still in the mix, postioned at 3rd and 4th.
After Tommy Fleetwood's stunning round at Carnoustie, his form didn't continue at Kingsbarns unfortunately and the Englishmen posted a dissapointing 76 taking him out of contention. Tyrrell Hatton on the other hand, posted another 65 taking him into the lead at 18 under and 5 shots ahead of second place Gregory Bourdy after his round of 66 at Carnoustie.
Paul Dunne had a steady round of 70, leaving him at 11 under par and 7 shots behind. Whilst Nicolas Colsaerts dropped to 8 shots behind Tyrrell alongside Luke Donald.
British Masters Champion, Paul Dunne at The Old Course
Final Day at Old Course St Andrews
Going into the last day at St Andrews, Hatton had a comfortable 5 shot lead and continued his brilliant play. Shooting another low score of 6 under he posted a final record breaking tournament score of 24 under and re-claimed the title!
However there was another Englishman, Ross Fisher who was not going to give up the fight that easily. Starting his final round at 10 under and 8 shots back, Ross posted a magnificent 11 under for his round, setting a new Old Course record! But even that wasn't enough to catch the leader and he finished in 2nd place, 3 shots behind Tyrrell.
Hear what Tyrell Hatton had to say about becoming the Alfred Dunhill Links Champion two years in a row...
Dunhill Links Team Championship
With a fantasic final round score of 16 under par and a total tournament score of 40 under, Kieran McManus partnered with former Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson, won the Team Championship. This is a 3rd team win for McManus at The Alfred Dunhill Links, who has previously won in 2009 when partnered with Soren Hansen and also in 2014 with fellow Irishman Peter Lawrie.
Tied 2nd were 3 teams at 37 under
- Robert Rock and Brian McFadden
- Victor Dubuisson and Shantanu Narayen
- Yikeun Chang and Erwee Botha
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