Tee times, field, format and how to follow as Gareth Bale joins Ryder Cup stars at St Andrews

by Joanne Miller

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is set to showcase some of the biggest names in golf as they head to Scotland this week. Following their Ryder Cup success, Tommy Fleetwood, Robert MacIntyre, and Matt Fitzpatrick will make their way to the home of golf.

The trio played a vital role in helping Europe regain the Ryder Cup in Rome, securing a 16½-11½ victory over the USA. Now, they will compete in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, although they may be a little worse for wear after their celebrations.

Joining these golf stars will be a diverse mix of celebrity amateurs, including Gareth Bale, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Piers Morgan. The event promises to be a thrilling spectacle, with some of the world’s best golfers competing alongside famous personalities.

The tournament will be held from Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8, and will take place on three different links courses: the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns. Sky Sports Golf will provide live coverage of the action, starting at 12 PM for the first three days and then at 11:30 AM on Sunday.

For those unable to watch the coverage, updates will be available on the talkSPORT network, along with live commentary of The Sanderson Farms Championship. Listeners can tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, the talkSPORT app, DAB digital radio, smart speakers, or on 1089 or 1053 AM.

The field for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship consists of 168 professionals and 168 amateurs from various fields, including sport, business, music, and television. Alongside Ryder Cup stars Fleetwood, MacIntyre, and Fitzpatrick, players like Billy Horschel, Victor Perez, Rasmus Hojgaard, and Ryan Fox (the defending champion) will also compete. Notable names in the amateur field include Gareth Bale, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Sir AP McCoy, Kevin Pietersen, and Ruud Gullit.

The tournament format is unique, with two separate competitions taking place simultaneously: a DP World Tour sanctioned event and the Team Championship. Each professional is paired with an amateur, and the pairs play a round at each of the three courses. The top 60 pros and the leading 20 teams then advance to the final round at the Old Course on Sunday.

Speaking about his Ryder Cup experience, Tommy Fleetwood expressed his joy and pride in being part of such an amazing group of people. He emphasized the strong bond within Team Europe and the lifelong friendships that are formed. Fleetwood is excited to reunite with his teammates, captains, and families at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship promises to be an exciting and prestigious event, uniting some of the world’s top golfers and famous personalities in the picturesque setting of Scotland’s renowned golf courses. Golf enthusiasts and fans are in for a treat as they follow the action and witness the skill and sportsmanship on display.

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