Peter to take on Ryder Cup heroes at Dunhill

Peter Whiteford
Peter Whiteford

Kirkcaldy golfer Peter Whiteford spent last week cheering on Europe’s Ryder Cup heroes on the television.

This week he will be hoping to take them on for the Alfred Dunhill Link Championship as the European Tour swings into Fife.

The ‘Race to Dubai’ event is held over three courses - Carnoustie, Kingbarns and the Old Course, St Andrews - and involves celebrity amateurs such as footballer turned pundit Jamie Redknapp and Hollywood actor Bill

It will also feature four of last week’s Team Europe stars - Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson - as well as victorious captain Paul McGinley.

World number one McIlroy is the pre-tournament favourite but local hopeful Whiteford knows he has to compete for the title if he is to hold onto his playing rights for next season.

The 34-year-old, who is based at Wellsgreen Golf Range, is currently 151st in the Race to Dubai money list with only a few events left - and only the top 110 keep their card for 2015.

“I need to pull a rabbit out of the hat,” Whiteford told the Press.

“I basically need to pick up around £100,000 in prize money over the next two tournaments to keep my card.

“I never wanted it to come down to this but you get who you deserve in this game and I’ve not really performed this year.

“I’ve changed coaches and I’ve been decent on the range at times, but I’ve just not taken it onto the course.

“The confidence isn’t really there but I’ll just have to go for it and see how it goes.

“It’s certainly do-able. I’ve managed to get inside the top 110 over the last few years without being the most consistent.

“Hopefully it’s just coming a bit late this year.”

Whiteford admitted he felt inspired by Europe’s performance at Gleneagles last week.

“I had a thumb injury so I couldn’t practice as much as I wanted to last week, so I watched almost every shot on TV,” he said.

“The guys played absolutely fantastic and it gives you inspiration to go out and play your best.

“My game is not in the best shape at the moment but I’ll just try to have fun and see what happens.

“In a way there’s no pressure now because I’m not just going for a solid week - I need a great week.”

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship starts today (Thursday) and Whiteford has been partnered with Hans Kertess.

The pair will tee off at Kingsbarns in round one at 9.00 a.m this morning.