Kingdom gears up for second top golfing event

Oliver Wilson
Oliver Wilson

The Open Championship has barely packed up and left Fife but already another spectacular is ready to roll back into town.

The 2015 Open, won by Zach Johnson, will live long in the memory of the Kingdom’s golf fans.

And for those whose appetite was whetted by the event, there’s no hanging around for more golfing action.

In October north east Fife will welcome some of the biggest names in the sport and entertainment for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The competition is played over the Old Course in St Andrews and the Kingsbarns Golf Links, as well as Carnoustie in Angus, from October 1-4.

It is the only professional tournament played every year over the Old Course and has a unique format, with 168 professionals and their amateur playing partners playing competing.

Among the golfing stars lined up for this year’s competition is Padraig Harrington.

Harrington, who won the competition in 2002 and 2006 is a great fan of the event.

He said: “I love playing links golf, I love the event, I love the social side of the Dunhill.

“It’s right at the top as an enjoyable week.”

Last year’s winner Oliver Wilson will also be back to defend his title.

Wilson had sunk to 792nd in the world before the win which kickstarted his career.

Admission is free for all spectators over the first three days of the event with final day tickets on Sunday, October 4 available to buy at the gate for £20 (seniors £15).