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Last chance to play in dunhill links event

  • Website auction for place in tournament closes on September 27
  • World No.1 Vijah Singh plus Els, Goosen, Harrington, Westwood, Montgomerie in field
  • Make a bid on www.qxl.com/dunhilllinks or visit www.dunhilllinks.com
  • Funds raised to be donated to St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation
  • Play over Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns

ST ANDREWS, September 15, 2004 ? Keen amateur golfers have less than
two weeks left before bidding closes in an online auction for a chance
to play in this year's prestigious dunhill links championship.

The highest bidder will play in the same tournament as some of the
greatest stars in world golf including World No.1 Vijay Singh, fresh
from his dramatic victory in the US PGA Championship, World No.3 Ernie
Els, double US Open winner Retief Goosen and a strong European
contingent including Padraig Harrington, defending champion Lee Westwood, Scotland's favourite Colin Montgomerie, and popular Northern
Ireland star Darren Clarke.

The competition is also sure to attract a list of well known amateurs
playing shoulder to shoulder with professionals. Those playing last
year included Samuel L Jackson, Jodie Kidd, Hugh Grant, Ian Botham and
Sir Bobby Charlton.

Since the online auction opened on July 26, bids have been flying in
from around the world as golfing fanatics try to secure the chance of
a lifetime to play in this illustrious event. But time is running out
and the auction closes at 12 NOON on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27.

This year's dunhill links championship takes place from October 7-10
over the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at
Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links. The winning
bidder in the online auction will be treated to the very best of
dunhill's world famous hospitality. The package includes one amateur
spot in the 2004 dunhill links championship, five nights accommodation
at a tournament hotel (breakfast included) and invitations to the
championship's exclusive social events as honoured guests.

Online auctioneers QXL.com are hosting the proceedings. Bids can be
made by visiting www.qxl.com/dunhilllinks or the dunhill links
championship site at www.dunhilllinks.com.

The auction, which raised over £8,000 last year, is in aid of the St
Andrews-based Pilgrim Foundation, an organisation committed to the
restoration of historic monuments and buildings in the Home of Golf.
The Foundation's patrons include Sir Sean Connery, Colin Montgomerie,
Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Arnold Palmer, Sam Torrance, Tony
Jacklin and TV commentator Peter Alliss.

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 gates. Parking is free for spectators, and a free shuttle bus
service will be in operation between courses.

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