Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, the man who holed the winning putt for Europe in The 35th Ryder Cup Matches, will return home to play in the 2004 dunhill links championship along with nine other heroes from the Team: Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, David Howell, Thomas Levet, Paul McGinley, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.
Scottish golf fans are certain to turn out in their thousands to salute Montgomerie and his Ryder Cup teammates, particularly Westwood who is defending champion at the dunhill links championship.
In one of the strongest line ups of the year, the field will also include World Number One Vijay Singh from Fiji, winner of the US PGA Championship in August, and South African stars Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.
Also competing will be Australia’s exciting young star Adam Scott, who won The Players’ Championship and the Booz Allen Classic this season in America and is currently ranked ninth in the World. Scott has earned over US$3 million during an outstanding 2004 on the US PGA Tour.
The dunhill links championship was conceived as a celebration of links golf and is played over the world’s best known and respected links courses - The Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie, and the highly regarded Kingsbarn Golf Links. It will be played from October 7-10.
Amateurs will once again be sharing centre stage with the professionals and among those who played last year were Samuel L Jackson, Jodie Kidd, Nigel Mansell, Ian Botham, and Sir Bobby Charlton.
Last season Scottish fans were delighted to see former Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance and his son Daniel win the team Pro-Am competition. The pair are expected to return to defend their title.
Admission to the dunhill links championship will once again be free on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. A ticket price of £15 (concessionary £8) will be charged for the final day’s play over the Old Course on Sunday, October 10. Under 16s and students will be allowed in for free. Tickets are available through the ticket hotline on 0870 010 9021 or at the entrance gate. There is free parking for spectators, and a free shuttle bus service will be in operation.