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Alfred Dunhill Cup may change format

A possible change is in the air for future stagings of the Alfred Dunhill Cup. Currently a medal match-play event for three-man international teams played over the Old Course in St Andrews, the sponsors are thought to be keen on a new format which would make more of the Hollywood celebrities who play each year in the pro-am.

Last year, for example, photographs of the film stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas in the pro-am probably gained wider exposure for Alfred Dunhill than the performance of the winning Spanish team.

Itís understood that the Dunhill could adopt a similar set-up to the Pebble Beach Pro-am in California which attracts huge TV audiences for the mixture of leading golfers and celebrities.

The AT&T uses three courses. In addition to the Old Course, itís possible that Kingsbarns and the Dukeís Course, both in St Andrews, might also be part of the new Dunhill format.

The reason for the change is Alfred Dunhillís concern about the drop in quality for this yearís field. It was only a couple of years back that Tiger Woods was part of the US team. This week, Larry Mize, ranked 127th in the world, is a competitor.


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