2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

What: European Tour Event: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Where: Old Course St. Andrews
Miles Travelled:

353 miles

Short Description:
My Role This Week:

I’m the European Tour’s Press Officer at the Alfred Dunhill Links. I’ll be coordinating media requests from local journalists, hosting press conferences, arranging interviews for our broadcast partners and producing reports from the tournament.

After hosting the BMW PGA Championship at the home of the European Tour last week, this week we touched down at the Home of Golf, St Andrews, for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. There is just something special about this place, a ‘je ne sais quoi’ which can only be experienced to be believed. The buzz around the town, the history of the place and the Old Course itself just lend themselves to a truly incredible week. Best way to describe this place? Disneyland for golfers!

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is a unique tournament on our schedule, as it is played in a Pro-Am format for the whole week. The European Tour players tee it up alongside international celebrities as well as some of the world’s most successful business people. The big draw this week as a certain Justin Timberlake, who is playing alongside his friend, the World Number Four Justin Rose. They played alongside American Ryder Cup star Tony Finau and his own friend in the opening round and got off to a strong start. A winning team will be crowned in the Pro-Am format come Sunday and the Justins would certainly be very popular victors.

There is a certain warmth to this Pro-Am format and the players are as relaxed as you will ever see them during a competitive week. But Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy are certainly being kept on their toes, as they are playing alongside their respective fathers! For Rahm, it is his first time playing on this hallowed turf and to be joined at the Home of Golf by the man whom, in Jon’s own words, did everything in his power to help his son become one of the world’s best players, was a special moment. Stories aplenty for those of us in the Media and Communications team.

St Andrews is not the only golf course the players play on this week, as the tournament is spread over three different venues in the opening three days – Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course itself. The big question at this tournament every year regards which player prefers which course. They are all truly spectacular and unique in their own right and it must be said that Carnoustie – the toughest layout of the three – does not get as much love as it should due its penal nature, while St Andrews tends to be the most popular due to its history. But for me (having never played any of them) Kingsbarns, as you can see in the photo, is the most aesthetically pleasing. It is a true gem and gets my vote!

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