Major players prepare for their Dunhill tilt

Paul Lawrie
Paul Lawrie

A classic line-up of Major Championship winners will be playing in next week’s 15th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Included in the line-up is Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, who won the very first staging of the event in 2001.

Winner of the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999, Lawrie joins a strong field which includes other Major Champions: Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, John Daly, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Y.E.Yang.

Lawrie, who has played in every one of the 15 Alfred Dunhill Links Championships, is in hot pursuit of a second victory.

He said: “My game is in good shape.

“It has been coming round for quite a while.

“My putting has improved, I’m rolling the ball much better, so why not this year’s Dunhill Links.

“I’ve always loved it.

“The event is played in Scotland, it’s played on three of our best golf courses. I always really enjoy the week.”

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which takes place from October 1-4, celebrates links golf at its finest and is played over three of the world’s best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links.

Defending champion Oliver Wilson will also be returning to St Andrews.

The event starts on October 1.