Ryder Cup players heading for St Andrews
Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie
returns in triumph to Scotland next month to play in the 2004 dunhill
links championship along with nine other members of the successful
European teamPaul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Thomas Levet, Paul McGinley, Ian Poulter and
Montgomerie will be back on home soil after sinking the winning putt
at Oakland Hills, Michigan, as Bernhard Langer's European team beat
the United States 18½-9½ in one of the most impressive Ryder Cup
Scottish golf fans are certain to turn out in their thousands to
salute Montgomerie and his Ryder Cup team-mates, particularly
England's Lee Westwood who will be back at St Andrews to defend his
dunhill links championship.
In one of the strongest line-ups of the year, the Ryder Cup heroes
will be joined by World No.1 Vijay Singh, who won the US PGA
Championship in August, and the two formidable South Africans, World
No.3 Ernie Els and US Open champion Retief Goosen.
Also in the field will be Australia's exciting young star Adam Scott,
currently 9th 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 7Sunday, October 10.
Amateurs will once again be sharing centre stage with the
professionals and among those who played last year were Samuel L
Jackson, Jodie Kidd, Nigel Mansell, Ian Botham and Sir Bobby Charlton.
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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