Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

This article is about the European Tour golf tournament held in Scotland. For the European and Sunshine Tour golf tournament held in South Africa, see Alfred Dunhill Championship.
Alfred Dunhill
Links Championship
Tournament information
Location Angus and Fife, Scotland
Established 2001
Course(s) St Andrews (Old Course)
Par 72 (SA) · 72 (C) · 72 (K)
Length 7,307 yards (6,682 m) (SA)
7,412 yards (6,778 m) (C)
7,150 yards (6,540 m) (K)
Organized by IMG
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund US$5,000,000
Month played October
Tournament record score
Aggregate 265 Tyrrell Hatton (2016)
265 David Howell (2013)
265 Peter Uihlein (2013)
To par −23 Tyrrell Hatton (2016)
−23 David Howell (2013)
−23 Peter Uihlein (2013)
Current champion
England Tyrrell Hatton
Location in Scotland

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, is one of the richest golf tournaments on the European Tour. It is played in October, on three different links courses, centred on the "home of golf", St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

The tournament is a pro-am, with the format based on the long-running United States PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am held annually since 1937 (except during World War II), where each team consists of one amateur and one professional. The three course rotation consists of The Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie Golf Links and Kingsbarns Golf Links.

The 54-hole cut is made of the top 60 professionals and the leading 20 pro-am teams, regardless of the professional member of the team making the individual cut. These players and teams advance to the final round at St Andrews.

Originally called the Dunhill Links Championship, the event was introduced in 2001 as a replacement for the Alfred Dunhill Cup, a three-man team tournament which became marginalised when the long established World Cup of Golf was given enhanced status as part of the World Golf Championships in 2000, becoming the WGC-World Cup.

To increase interest in the event, many of the amateurs are well known personalities from the worlds of sport and entertainment. These have included Nigel Mansell, Ian Botham, Gary Lineker, Boris Becker, Michael Douglas, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Vaughan, Matthew Pinsent, Hugh Grant, Michael Phelps, Oscar Pistorius and Shane Warne.


YearWinnerCountryScoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-upPro-Am winners
2016 Tyrrell Hatton  England 265 −23 4 strokes England Ross Fisher
South Africa Richard Sterne
Danny Willett & Jonathan Smart
2015 Thorbjørn Olesen  Denmark 270 −18 2 strokes United States Brooks Koepka
United States Chris Stroud
Florian Fritsch & Michael Ballack
2014 Oliver Wilson  England 271 −17 1 stroke England Tommy Fleetwood
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
Scotland Richie Ramsay
Peter Lawrie & Kieran McManus
2013 David Howell  England 265 −23 Playoff United States Peter Uihlein Thomas Levet & David Sayer
2012 Branden Grace  South Africa 266 −22 2 strokes Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen Alexander Norén & Ernesto Bertarelli
2011 Michael Hoey  Northern Ireland 266 −22 2 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy Nick Dougherty & Chris Evans
2010 Martin Kaymer  Germany 271 −17 3 strokes England Danny Willett Robert Karlsson & Dermot Desmond
2009 Simon Dyson  England 268 −20 3 strokes Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
England Oliver Wilson
Søren Hansen & Kieran McManus
2008 Robert Karlsson  Sweden 278 −10 Playoff England Ross Fisher
Germany Martin Kaymer
John Bickerton & Bruce Watson
2007 Nick Dougherty  England 270 −18 2 strokes England Justin Rose Scott Strange & Robert Coe
2006 Pádraig Harrington (2)  Ireland 271 −17 5 strokes Wales Bradley Dredge
United States Edward Loar
England Anthony Wall
Pádraig Harrington & J. P. McManus
2005 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 279 −9 1 stroke England Kenneth Ferrie Henrik Stenson & Rurik Gobel
2004 Stephen Gallacher  Scotland 269 −19 Playoff Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell Fred Couples & Craig Heatley
2003 Lee Westwood  England 267 −21 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els Sam Torrance & Daniel Torrance
2002 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 269 −19 Playoff Argentina Eduardo Romero Pádraig Harrington & J. P. McManus
2001 Paul Lawrie  Scotland 270 −18 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els Brett Rumford & Chris Peacock

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Coordinates: 56°09′N 3°07′W / 56.15°N 3.12°W / 56.15; -3.12

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