ST ANDREWS, September 2, 2017 – It was a moment Graeme McDowell has never forgotten – beaten on the Old Course in a sudden death play-off in 2004 for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
McDowell will be back at St Andrews in October, hoping to banish that memory. He said: “The Alfred Dunhill Links is a very special event and one I love playing in. I lost in that play-off to Stephen Gallacher, so there is a little unfinished business for me there.”
McDowell went on to create a moment of golfing history in 2010, beating a star-studded field, including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, to win the US Open, his first Major Championship. He was the first European winner since Tony Jacklin 40 years earlier.
In a stellar 2010, he also won the decisive match against Hunter Mahan to clinch the Ryder Cup for Europe at Celtic Manor.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in the Dunhill Links again this year. It’s unique. A welcome change from the regular stroke play events we play. First off it’s played over three of the best links courses in the world and secondly we are teamed with amateurs for all rounds – I have very happy memories of playing with my dad Kenny.”
This year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship takes place over the Old Course St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, from October 5-8.