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Singh confirms entry to Dunhill Links event

Vijay Singh, the former Masters and USPGA champion, will make a rare appearance in Scotland next month when he tees up in the £3.2million Dunhill Links championship.

Now based in Jacksonville, Florida, where he plays on the US PGA Tour full-time, Singh will return to Europe from 3-6 October in search of the £514,000 first prize at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingbarns.

Confirmation of the world No9’s inclusion in the field means the tournament is sure to feature at least three of the game’s top-ten golfers. Ernie Els, the world No3, and Retief Goosen, ranked fourth, are also certain starters for the event.

As yet, the organisers of this celebration of links golf have not revealed details about which current Ryder Cup players will travel to Scotland from the Belfry after the 34th staging of the match is over. However, it would be a surprise if Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, the world No8 who was fifth last year, didn’t return.

With four of the world’s top ten bound for the richest tournament on the European Tour outwith the majors and the world championship events, the field will be further boosted by the presence of current top-50 golfers such as Argentina’s Angel Cabrera (18th), Jose Maria Olazabal (26th), Eduardo Romero (31st), and defending champion Paul Lawrie (48th).

Three-time Open champion Nick Faldo has also pledged to take part, as has the young American Ty Tryon.

Among the well-known names from the world of sport who will be involved are footballers Johann Cruyff, Sir Bobby Charlton, Alan Hansen, Marco Van Baasten, Gianluca Vialli, Kenny Dalglish and Gary Linker.

Other sporting champions bound for the Old Course include Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Zinzan Brooke, Kapil Dev, Darren Gough, Gavin Hastings, Franz Klammer, Michael Lynagh, Nigel Mansell and Sir Steve Redgrave.

A total of 168 teams of one pro and one amateur will contest the team event, while those from the paid ranks pursue the individual prizes. The field is reduced to 60 pros and 20 teams after 54 holes on Saturday evening

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