ST ANDREWS, August 16, 2018 – Tyrrell Hatton is aiming to write another chapter in the history of the most famous golf course in the world in October, by becoming the first man to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship three straight times.
Hatton’s win last year on the Old Course was the first time he had ever successfully defended a title and he admitted it was harder to win than in 2016. “I’m so happy that I managed to get over the line,” he said after his three-stroke victory.
This year he will face some tough competition. Among the early entries for the Alfred Dunhill Links, which takes place from October 4-7, are top British golfer and world No.11 Tommy Fleetwood, who last year shot a course record 63 at Carnoustie, and the popular Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, winner of the Senior British Open just three weeks ago on the Old Course.
Making his debut in the Championship will be the hugely popular American Matt Kuchar, seven-time winner on the US PGA Tour, currently ranked 31 in the world, who finished runner-up to Jordan Spieth in the 2017 Open Championship at Birkdale.
Also entered are Major Champions Martin Kaymer, Dunhill Links winner in 2010, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell and Danny Willett.
English golfers Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, tied 19th on seven-under-par last week in the US PGA Championship, his first Major, which included a memorable hole-in-one, will be among the brilliant young names that will excite the Scottish galleries.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship celebrates links golf at its finest and is played over three of the world’s best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie, venue for last month’s Open Championship, and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links.