For Martin Kaymer the Dunhill Championship is one of the season’s ‘must play’ tournaments.
Played over three courses, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews’ Old Course, the competition is unique and, as well as hosting a singles European Tour event, a team game is run at the same time.
It gives amateurs players, some from the worlds of sport, movies and television, the chance to pair up with the best golfers on the planet.
But Kaymer isn’t being partnered by a Hugh Grant or a Ronan Keating, instead the German Ryder Cup star is being accompanied by his dad, Horst.
And that’s what makes the event so special for the former world number 1 who opened with a 71 at Carnoustie.
He said: “It’s always one of those tournaments that you don’t really want to miss out on.
“It’s all nice when I can play with my father.
“The reason why I’m here is I like the tournament a lot and I can play with him. So I’m glad that I shot a decent score today.”
Kaymer is a former winner of the competition, and is aiming to etch his name on the title once again.
“The good thing is we don’t need much practice right now,” he said.
“We are really, really in it.
“It’s just a matter of getting used to the speed of the greens and the rest will take care of itself.
“It’s just one of those tournaments that felt really nice back then in 2010 when I could win here and it’s always nice to give it another go and try to win a tournament twice.”