This is one of the best weeks of the entire European Tour season. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is truly a spectacular event that brings together professional golfers and amateurs. The uniqueness lies in the fact that the amateurs are celebrities or cult heroes from other sporting codes. For example, this years field has golden globe winners, record breaking surfers, world footballers of the year, Olympic gold medalists, jockeys and even the main actor from 50 Shades of Grey playing. How about that for a field? They will however be accompanied by 168 professional golfers who will compete for the main prize of $8,00,000. Another factor that makes this tournament so unique is that it is played over 3 courses. These courses are St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, with the final round played again at St Andrews on the Sunday. This tournament is so popular given that it is fantastic to watch celebrities we know ‘so well’ play golf. Sometimes they play well and other times they shank it out of bounds. This tournament does also have a very competitive feel to it as the European Tour is entering its final stages of the season. Which means that the Race To Dubai is heating up. There is only a limited amount of tournaments left to win the lucrative prize. This will be an ideal chance for any of the top 10 golfers in the standings to take the run in by the scruff of the neck. Similarly this tournament also gives the underdog a great chance. Last year the event coordinator and host Mr Johann Rupert from South Africa gave Oliver Wilson an invite to the tournament. At the time Wilson was ranked 792nd in the world. You guessed it, Oliver Wilson was lifting the trophy on Sunday evening. The Englishmen fended off Rory Mcilroy for an absolutely sensational win. You can not make stuff like that up. He finished off his post round victory presser by saying ‘I could be drunk for a while’. Make time for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, there’s plenty value and even better entertainment.
Martin Kaymer (+1400 BetOnline.ag)
Martin Kaymer is in fantastic form at the moment. It will be very hard to look past the talented German this week. He enjoys a rich history with this tournament, winning it back in 2010. Currently Kaymer is swinging beautifully and a second place in Italy two weeks ago is a good omen for the two-time major winner. All eyes will be on Kaymer this week as the favorite. Look out for him come late Sunday.
Soren Kjeldsen (+5000 BetOnline.ag)
The little Dane has enjoyed his best season in over a decade. The highlight being his win at Royal County Down in May and whilst doing so becoming the Irish Open Championship. He has gone onto record multiple top 10’s since then and is very generously placed at +5000 for this tournament. The wind is not going to blow more then it did at Royal County Down in May when he beat the whole field in the toughest of conditions. Kjeldsen has form and knows how to get it done on links courses. Watch out for the Dane come Sunday.
Eddie Pepperel (+4000 BetOnline.ag)
The young Englishman has had a great season. He, like Kjeldsen, played out of his skin at the Irish Open and finished second, narrowly losing out during a playoff with the Dane. The wind during that weekend never stopped blowing so there is ample reason to believe Pepperel has what it takes to win his first tournament on the European Tour. He has a strong mentality and great swing which will put him right in the mix over the weekend.
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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship • Carnoustie • Eddie Pepperel • European Tour • Irish Open • Johann Rupert • Kingsbarns • Martin Kaymer • Oliver Wilson • Race to Dubai • Rory Mcilroy • Royal County Down • Soren Kjeldsen • South Africa • St Andrews