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Stars line up for Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
September 27, 2011

Hollywood stars Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia join a world-class field of professionals, led by three of this year's major championship winners, Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel, for this week's prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Michael Douglas has starred in a succession of blockbuster films including Romancing the Stone, Wall Street, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Disclosure and Traffic.  He has won three Golden Globes and two Oscars, first as producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and then as Best Actor in 1987 for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. 

He said: "I am delighted to be coming back to St Andrews to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. It's been a few years since I played! I love the place and the atmosphere and I have missed it a lot. It has been an eventful time for me recently, but I am feeling good and I am looking forward to an excellent week on some of the greatest links courses in the world."

Andy Garcia has appeared in many successful films, including The Untouchables, The Godfather III, Internal Affairs, Hero and When a Man Loves a Woman. One of his most popular performances came as a Las Vegas casino owner in Ocean's Eleven.

Other celebrities from the world of entertainment include film and TV stars Hugh Grant and John O'Hurley , plus rock music legends Don Felder of the Eagles, Huey Lewis and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres , plus popular radio presenter Chri s Evans .

A quartet of Britain's sporting knights - Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steve Redgrave - lead a locker room full of sporting heroes, including Dutch football legends Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit , former England player Jamie Redknapp and Scottish defender Alan Hansen .

A strong team of cricketers will be teeing up for the Championship, which starts on Thursday. In addition to Sir Ian Botham, there will be current England captain Andrew Strauss and former captain Michael Vaughan , top players Allan Lamb and Mark Nicholas , plus S teve Waugh and Shane Warne of Australia. The immensely popular former British tennis No 1 Tim Henman will be back, along with rugby giants Morné du Ple ssis and Hugo Porta , Austrian downhill ski legend Franz Klammer and ten-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater .
 
The amateurs will be playing in one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. In addition to Darren Clarke, who won an emotional Open Championship at the age of 42 in July, fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, runaway winner of the US Open, and US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel from South Africa, the line-up includes current world No 1 and No 2, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, world No 6 Dustin Johnson and major championship winners Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer, who last year also won the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and headed the European Tour money list, will be bidding to become the first golfer to win back-to-back Alfred Dunhill Links titles.

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

With a prize fund of US$5 million, the championship incorporates two separate competitions - an individual professional tournament for the world's leading golfers and a team event in which the professionals are paired with some of the most celebrated amateur golfers which creates a unique atmosphere.

Entrance to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship will be FREE at all three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A ticket price of £15 (concessionary £10) will be charged for the final day's play over the Old Course on Sunday, October 2.  Entry for under 16s and students is free. Tickets are available through the ticket hotline on 0870 010 9021 or at the entrance gates. 








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