Top players commit to dunhill championship
Fiji's Vijay Singh, fresh from his
dramatic victory in the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, is to
play in the 2004 dunhill links championship at St Andrews from October
Singh, who defeated Americans Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco over a
thrilling three hole play-off to win his third major championship last
month, will be facing one of the strongest ever fields in the dunhill
links championship, including World No.3 Ernie Els, double US Open
winner Retief Goosen, three-time major winner Nick Price and a strong
European contingent led by World No.8 and 2002 dunhill links champion
Padraig Harrington and defending dunhill links champion Lee Westwood.
Scotland's favourite Colin Montgomerie, celebrating his wild card
call-up to the Ryder Cup team, will also be playing, along with popular
Northern Ireland star Darren Clarke.
Some of the most exciting young golfers in the world will be in the
field including Ryder Cup team members Luke Donald, winner of the
Scandinavian Masters, and Paul Casey, who finished sixth in this year's
US Masters and tenth in The Players Championship, plus Australia's
talented young star Adam Scott, currently 12th in the world rankings,
who won The Players Championship at Sawgrass in May and the Booz Allen
Classic in June. Scott has won over $3 million in prize money so far on
the US Tour this year.
The dunhill links championship was conceived as a celebration of links
golf and 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 from Thursday,
October 7 ? Sunday, October 10. Other entrants include:
· Steve Elkington - 1995 US PGA Champion, twice winner of The Players
· Rich Beem ? 2002 US PGA Champion after a one stroke victory over
· Paul McGinley ? the man who holed the winning putt in the 2002 Ryder
· Jan Van de Velde ? famous for his attempt to win The Open at
Carnoustie in 1999
· Michael Campbell - New Zealand winner of thirteen titles worldwide,
six in Europe
· Eduardo Romero ? Argentinian winner of eight titles on the European
· Ian Poulter ? five-time winner on the European Tour, with a colourful
· Costantino Rocca - St Andrews hero after his 1995 Open play-off with
Vijay Singh, whose name means 'Victory' in Hindi, has had a superb
year, winning four times on the US Tour in addition to the US PGA
Championship. He has overtaken Ernie Els to move to No 2 in the world
rankings and has narrowed the gap on Tiger Woods at No.1.
Singh, who has already won almost $7 million in prize money and is No.1
in the US money list this year, won his first US PGA Championship in
1998 and the US Masters in 2000.
England's Lee Westwood scored a courageous last round 67 on the Old
Course to win by a stroke from South African Ernie Els last year. It was
his second tournament win in a month which followed a dispiriting three
years in which he had not won and had slipped to 250th in the world
rankings. His victory was cheered by record final day galleries.
Amateurs will once again be sharing centre stage with the professionals
and among those who played last year were Samuel L Jackson, Jodie Kidd,
Gianluca Vialli, Johan Cruyff, Gary Lineker, and Tico Torres of Bon
Jovi. There was an emotional moment which delighted the Scottish golf
fans when former European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance playing with
his 15-year-old son Daniel won the team pro-am competition. The
Torrances are expected to return to defend their title.
Admission to the dunhill links championship will once again be FREE on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A ticket price of £15 (concessionary £8)
will be charged for the final day's play over the Old Course on Sunday,
October 10. Under 16's and students are FREE. Tickets are available
through the ticket hotline on 0870 010 9021 or at the entrance gate.
There is free parking for spectators, and a free shuttle bus service
will be in operation between courses.
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