The first day’s play at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship produces a host of low scores in ideal weather, it was attended by many stars of stage and screen. St Andrews, UK, 29th September, 2011.
Open Champion of 2010, Louis Oosthuizen, is one of the overnight leaders on the first day’s play at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, after posting a six-under par score in benign conditions.
He is joined on six-under by Rafael Cabrerabello, Markus Brier, and Michael Hoey. Close at their heels are six others on five-under, including 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell.
The Championship is played over three of the world’s best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and the Kingsbarns Golf Links. Competitors play a round on each of the three courses, with the final round being played on the Old Course, St Andrews, on Sunday.
The prestigious event incorporates two separate competitions - an individual professional tournament for the world's leading golfers and a team event in which the professionals are paired with some of the most celebrated amateur golfers which creates a unique atmosphere. Celebrity amateurs include Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant, Chris Evans, Andy Garcia, Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Matthew Pinsent, and Sir Steve Redgrave, Tim Henman, Johann Cruyff, Ruud Gullit, Jamie Redknapp, and many others.
The total prize fund is five million dollars, with the winning professional taking home just over half a million pounds.