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Fleetwood back to lead strong field at St Andrews

ST ANDREWS, August 21, 2019 - Tommy Fleetwood’s passion for links golf will be reignited when he returns next month to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

Fleetwood, who has finished runner-up twice in the Alfred Dunhill Links and was second in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in July, has confirmed he will be back in the high class field playing over three of the greatest links courses in the world – the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

He will face a stern challenge if he is to win the Championship for the first time. Among the latest to announce they are playing are four-time Major Champion Ernie Els, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, double Alfred Dunhill Links Champion Tyrrell Hatton and ever popular Lee Westwood, winner in 2003, who showed what a rich vein of form he is in when he finished fourth in The Open.

They are joined by a powerful group of English golfers, including Ross Fisher, who finished second in 2016 and 2017, when he created the current Old Course record of 61, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, who finished third in this year’s US PGA Championship. The enormously popular Luke Donald also returns.

Already announced as playing are European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, a three-time Major Champion and two-time Alfred Dunhill Links winner, and defending champion Lucas Bjerregaard.

Tommy Fleetwood has said: “I’ve always loved the Old Course, and the town, ever since I played the Links Trophy as an amateur. There are places in the town where there are pictures of guys sitting on the Swilken Bridge with the Dunhill trophy. I’ve come so close, I would love to have my picture up there as well.”