ST ANDREWS, August 18, 2017 – It was one of the greatest shots ever seen in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. It gave Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood a lead which he never lost and which 24 hours later gave him one of the biggest victories in his career.
“It’s 14 years since I had that albatross two at the Kingsbarns’ 9th and went on to win the tournament – be nice to do that again,” said Westwood.
Westwood has confirmed that he will be playing in this year’s Championship, which takes place over The Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, from October 5-8.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Alfred Dunhill Links again. It’s always fun playing with the amateurs and of course it’s one of our biggest European Tour events,” he added.
The miracle strike in 2003 – he hit his four iron second shot 218yds into the hole on the 558-yards par five 9th for his first ever albatross – put him on the way to a Kingsbarns course record 62 in the third round, and ultimately victory, ahead of Ernie Els, who had birdied the last two holes in a dramatic attempt to catch him.