21 years of memorable moments
Any event at the Home of Golf is special: the hallowed fairways of the Old Course are something of a pilgrimage for any player or fan of the sport. Then create a Tour event that combines play at this esteemed venue with the venerated links at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, the newest addition to the St Andrews golfing family, and you have the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. This unique annual gathering of some of the world’s finest Tour Professionals playing alongside passionate amateurs from the worlds of entertainment, sport, business and more has become one of the most celebrated and magical occasions in the sporting calendar - for participants and fans alike. As players prepare to tee off for the 2023 Championship, we reflect on some highlights from 21 years of incredible golf – the memorable moments and dramatic scenes that have lit up the fairways, and the camaraderie at the heart of this distinctive and much-loved event.
"I believe I can drive"
Pop star Ronan Keating tees off at the Old Course, in the first round of the Championship. The Irish singer made his debut in 2006 and is participating for the 12th time in 2023, saying "Amateurs can only dream of playing golf on the Tour, but playing in the tournament alongside some of the best golfers in the world gives us a feeling of being part of it and to play on some of the greatest links courses in the world is a bonus."
Lost in Translation
Legendary actor Bill Murray reacts in typically animated style after narrowly missing a putt on the 16th at Kingsbarns. Since this, his premiere appearance in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the crowd-pleasing Caddyshack star has made eight appearances in the popular Pro Am event.
Reigning champion Colin Montgomerie and his playing partner, Hollywood icon Michael Douglas, enjoy a friendship forged on the fairways the previous year, when the Scottish pro pulled a magnificent victory out of the bag. "It was stunning, a real joy to behold," recalled Douglas. "One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was truly magical."
Make mine a double double!
Irishman Padraig Harrington clinched the Championship title for a second time after a faultless final round of 68, featuring four birdies, repeated his 2002 victory. Playing with his longtime friend and fellow Irishman, racehorse owner and businessman, JP Macmanus, the pair also won the team competition – also a repeat of their success partnership in 2002.