Ryder Cup Heroes contest the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews
Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team is well-represented at St Andrews, as the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship gets under way.
Martin Kaymer, the man who sank the putt at Medinah which retained the Ryder Cup for Europe, will be teeing off at St Andrews this week as he attempts to win his second Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Kaymer, who won the Championship in 2010, the same year he captured the US PGA Championship, became the European hero as he beat Steve Stricker to take the European Team to a match score of 14 points and ensure that the Ryder Cup would stay in Europe.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, 1999 Open Champion and the man who returned the greatest winning margin in the Ryder Cup singles matches, beating Brandt Snedeker five and three, also features this week. Lawrie was the first winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, in 2001.
In addition to Kaymer and Lawrie, this week’s professional field for the Dunhill Championship, one of the European Tour’s most valuable tournaments, boasts more Ryder Cup stars, with Peter Hanson also playing, along with all four of the European Team vice-captains - Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Paul McGinley, and Dustin Johnson from the American team.