A unique championship played at the Home of Golf
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the world’s leading golf events. It is a magnet for golfers from every corner of the globe. A celebration of links golf, it is played over three magnificent courses – the Old Course (St Andrews), the Championship Course, Carnoustie (near Dundee) and Kingsbarns Golf Links (10km south of St Andrews).
For golfers everywhere the Old Course at St Andrews is a unique place. Here history and sport come together in a magical way. Golf has been played over these links for hundreds of years. It is universally acknowledged as the ‘Home of Golf’ and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is the only major professional tournament played every year at St Andrews.
The championship has a unique format, incorporating two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers with a US$5 million prize fund, and a team competition which features some of the most celebrated amateur golfers playing alongside the professionals.
Many of the greatest players such as Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Colin Montgomerie, Louis Oosthuizen and Vijay Singh have played in the Championship, Amateurs have included entertainment stars such as Michael Douglas, Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Grant and Jamie Dornan. They have shared the fairways with sporting greats like Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Ian Botham, Boris Becker, Ruud Gullit and Michael Phelps.
The first Championship was staged in 2001, but Alfred Dunhill’s connection with St Andrews, through the Alfred Dunhill Cup, goes back to 1985, giving an unbroken span of more than 30 years supporting golf at St Andrews.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for 168 of the world’s leading golfers and a Team Championship in which each professional is paired with one of 168 amateurs. Play is over three courses in rotation over the first three days – the Old Course St Andrews, the Championship Course Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Golf Links – with the final round being played over the Old Course.
After three rounds the field is reduced to the leading 60 professionals and those tying for 60th place, and the leading 20 teams. Amateurs receive a stroke allowance equal to two thirds of their official handicap to a maximum of 18 for men and 24 for women. The team score is the lower of the professional’s and his amateur partner’s net score at each hole.
Total prize money for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is US$5 million – comprising $4.8 million for the individual professional competition and $200,000 for the Team Championship, paid only to the professionals.
In the professional competition the first prize is $800,000, second prize is $533,330 and third prize is $300,480. In the Team Championship, the first prize is $50,000, second prize is $30,000 and third prize is $20,000.
ALFRED DUNHILL LINKS FOUNDATION, a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in Scotland,
(company number SC402048), and registered Scottish charity (charity number SC042414).
Registered Office at Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9EE