David Howell is the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Champion after a play-off victory over Peter Uihlein at the second extra hole.
David Howell is the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Champion after a play-off victory over Peter Uihlein at the second extra hole.
That's that for another exciting edition of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship where we have been treated to sublime weather, even better golf and a great champion this week. Catch up on anything that you missed on the final day courtesy of our #ETLiveBlog.
We've also got the best shots from day four, which you can watch here too...
David Howell has gone through a lot since his last win at the 2006 BMW PGA Championship, and he talked about those lows and this incredible high after his round. Hear his thoughts here...
Miss anything in the thrilling final round at St Andrews? Watch the best of the day's play with our highlights video here...
Let's not forget the winner's of the Pro-Am competition either, as Thomas Levet and his amateur David Sayer who both finished on 40 under par. Pretty sweet shooting, and here's what they thought about their triumph...
Great victory for David Howell, but there were some top displays from the likes of Tom Lewis and Shane Lowry (both -22) who finished in a tie for third, and you can see what they had to say here...
DAVID HOWELL - 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Champion
Close, but not quite for Uihlein who leaves himself a tap in just short of the hole, and now Howell will putt for the title from ten feet...
Seven years and 124 days since David Howell's last win (2006 BMW PGA Championship).
Advantage Howell who has gone second and knocked it inside ten feet, whereas Uihlein will face a similar putt to regulation, and not one you would really expect to make too often.
Not a test of driving here particularly on the first and 18th holes, and it will all come down to wedges, putting, and nerve. Driver for Howell and a three wood for Uihlein, second shots to come.
If Uihlein wins he will be the first rookie to win twice in his first season on The European Tour since Sergio Garcia in 1999.
No dice for Howell as his birdie effort rolls down the right hand side, leaving Uihlein with another chance at the title. But... it's no good, and we're back down the 18th.
Uihlein to go first from a little over 120 yards, pushing a wedge a little right but perfect distance, and leaving him 20 feet or so for his birdie. Not disimilar to what Howell has left himself, from just over 100 yards his ball took a firm bounce and bounded past the flag. Not nailed on birdie chances by any means, but you never know.
David Howell has played 200 events since his last European Tour win at the 2006 BMW PGA Championship, whereas Uihlein won earlier this year in Madeira.
Needless to say, both men find the vast acreage of the first fairway. Both men chose irons from the tee, and will have a short range approach to the short par four. Pressure clearly doesn't seem to be playing any part here yet, the two guys are just striding down the fairway talking about playing golf in Japan and their schedules for the rest of the season. Great camaraderie.
Played 4, Lost 4
Fourth play-off in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship history
11th play-off of the 2013 season, most since 2009 when there were 12
It's official folks, we've got a play-off. Uihlein found the fairway down the last and hit a wedge some 20 feet past the flag leaving a left to right slider down the undulating final green as the shadows lengthened across his line. The American hit it firm and true, but played just too little borrow and it fell down the low side, but left a mere tap in and so we will head to extra holes.
Howell's drive ended up on the road that winds across the 18th hole and came up short from there with a wedge, spinning back into the Valley of Sin. From there you're only thinking two putt, and he did just that to set the target in the clubhouse at 23 under par thanks to a Sunday score of 67. Now can Uihlein make the birdie he needs to take the title, or will we have extra holes?
Our other leader Peter Uihlein was also tested by the 17th hole, having hit it left from the tee, but then found the front right of the surface, some 70 feet from the hole, and putted up to just a few feet before holing out for par. Always happy to get through the Road Hole with a par though, and now he will need to try and make a birdie for a chance at taking the title.
Tommy Fleetwood had another good week in Scotland, following on from his maiden triumph at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles a month or so ago. Here is what he had to say...
To be up there at the #dunhilllinks you have to go low in St Andrews and i only went -4... I have to learn how to go low at the Old Course— Pablo Larrazabal (@Pablo Larrazabal) 29/09/2013 17:24
Testing 17th hole on the Old Course is playing its part once again in the destination of a prestigious trophy, with David Howell just holing a gutsy 15 footer for his par to retain a share of the lead. The Englishman had pulled one a little down the left into a thickish lie, before pushing a rescue club out right of the green into the nesty rough. The chip came out hot, down the breeze, but Howell holed out in style.
Tom Lewis is still the leader in the clubhouse at 22 under, here is what he had to say after his round...
Uihlein hit one of the best shots we've seen all day on the 16th hole to leave himself a sneaky little slider from left to right, but only ten feet or so for his birdie. Sadly it always looked a little on the low side, and so it proved to be. He retains a share of the lead, with the daunting, and sometimes disasterous, Road Hole 17th to come.
The putts didnt drop today but i am very happy with the game... Only 2 bogies in the tournament... Top 20s are always good...— Pablo Larrazabal (@Pablo Larrazabal) 29/09/2013 17:10
RT @mattbaldwin26: What a week. Great weather, great company, great courses. One of the best tournaments on the schedule and a pleasure to …— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 29/09/2013 16:50
RT @LukeDonald: So happy for Tom Lewis, outside sniff at a playoff but surely enough to wrap up his Tour card. Good stuff.— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 29/09/2013 16:50
Not the finish that Thomas Levet would have wanted, after eight birdies in his first 11 holes had put him in pole position to claim another European Tour title. Sadly a bogey at the 12th, followed by a double at the 14th really derailed him, and he dropped a further shot at the 17th to boot. Not ideal, but still a strong showing from the Frenchman who will still have work to do to keep his card for 2014, but this will certainly help.
Great opportunity for Uihlein passes by as he lips out on the low side from 12 feet at the par five 15th for his birdie. That would have given the American a two shot cushion, but alas, he has four holes left to play and just the one stroke advantage.
RT @BWiesberger: Positives: a lot of Birdies and Eagles this week; only 4 Bogeys all week; good ball striking; finally going low... http://…— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 29/09/2013 16:41
Another bogey for Shane Lowry who falls back to 22 under par after a straight shove on the 15th from just two and a half feet. He had come up short and right of the green, but played the most delightful little clipped chip that came down soft and span around the cup to almost certainly secure his par. Sadly not on this occasion, and Peter Uihlein is now back on top of affairs as he looks to become the first American to win this fine Championship.
Great week's work for a man under some serious pressure, not just in trying to win this fine Championship, but to keep his playing privileges for The European Tour in 2014. Having come up short, and faced with a rise of some four feet up and onto the green, Lewis rolled his putt up to around four feet below the hole before duly dispatching that for his par. It could end up being a shot too many for the Englishman, but you never know, and it looks like having done enough to secure his card, depending on how the rest of this thrilling final round plays out.
DID YOU KNOW: Biggest final round comeback by a winner - Colin Montgomerie, five shots, 2005
Tom Lewis started the day six behind, but he has just hit his pitch at 18 into the Valley of Sin short of the flag at 18 and he will struggle for his birdie three from down in there. However, anything is possible. Costantino Rocca, anyone...
Great birdie for Uihlein at the 12th and he's tied up top thanks to a pin-point pitch that fizzed through the crisp Scottish air and stopped just a foot or so away. He's hanging in there, but plenty of guys in the hunt here, and Tom Lewis heading down the last a shot adrift after a fantastic two putt at the infamous 17th hole from the front right portion of the green, and he will look to post a target with a birdie three to close.
And it's official, shot gone for Lowry, his lead is back to one, with Lewis and Uihlein now only a stroke adrift and right back in contention with a fast finish.
First bogey of the day for Howell who has only dropped three shots all week, but it comes at a costly time. The only positive for the Englishman is that Lowry is looking like perhaps dropping a shot on the 13th after finding a thick lie in a hollow short of the green, and he has 15 feet left for his par. Big moment.
Caddies will play an important role in these final few holes, talking their men towards a title tilt come the closing green. Here's renowned bag man Colin Byrne's take on life as a looper...
DID YOU KNOW: the Old Course was designed to be played in the opposite direction (for example, first tee to 17th green), which is the reason many of the bunkers are hidden from view when on the tee.
RT @European_Tour: Crowds gathering at 18 where our #dunhilllinks champ will be crowned in a short while. A fitting setting. http://t.co/Mm…— Tommy Fleetwood Fans (@Tommy Fleetwood Fans) 29/09/2013 15:27
Draino. Uihlein boxes one at nine for his bird, drilling it into the back of the hole for his three to move to within a shot at 22 under par. It's getting as tighter than a duck's proverbial over here.
But just when you thought Howell was looking favourite, as solid as he has played all day, then someone goes and does something outrageous. The culprit on this occasion, Shane Lowry, who just pitched in from short of the tenth green for an unlikely eagle two to pull alongside Howell in the lead at 23 under par. Off a tight lie the Irishman barely broke a blade of grass as he slipped the club under the ball, clipping it off the tight turf and into hole. Big move from Shane-o.
A solid two putt par from 25 feet for David Howell who turns for home now with a one stroke lead thanks to a flawless front side of 31 strokes. A birdie at two was followed by four in a row from the fourth, and he is 23 under par, which if he were to maintain would be the lowest winning score in Championship history, one better than the mark set by Branden Grace and Michael Hoey the last two years. Meanwhile, Tom Lewis makes another birdie at the par five 14th, and he is within one alongside Levet.
Bogey for Levet after a slightly weak par effort came up low and right at the 12th hole, and he is turning for home now, heading back into the stiffening breeze.
Howell and Levet still making the most of conditions out on the old lady, but neither have won in a little while, and with the title hanging in the balance it could make for a thrilling finish as it gets a little squeaky towards the end. Uihlein and Lewis could still challenge, but they have work to do a couple of strokes adrift of the leading duo.
Howeller on the move here, he's just rolled in a ten foot left to righter at the sixth that just about caught enough of the right lip to fall into the hole and he's in the lead by one at 22 under par.
Relative tap in birdie for Clarke at ten, rolling in a little four footer with authority to get to within a stroke of Levet as David Howell birdies the fifth to tie the lead, having not won on The European Tour since the 2006 BMW PGA Championship.
First dropped shot for Levet, but it wasn't really the flat stick that let him down, after a disappointing tee shot on the par three eighth that left him something like 100 odd feet for his birdie. Two putt the order of the day from another post code, and having left it some 15 feet short of his target, the Frenchman couldn't convert for his par three. He's back to 21 under par, and a shot clear of Howell and Lowry, the latter of which has just made two in a row at the fourth and fifth to climb into a tie for second.
Check out this week's scoring averages from the first three rounds:
St Andrews: 69.42
Thomas Levet is continuing to go like a train out there, he's just rolled in a 22 foot putt at the par four seventh, from off the green, to go to 22 under par. The Frenchman curled his right to left effort right into the heart of the hole, at perfect pace, and further proof that he is now the man to beat on Scotland's East coast. David Howell has moved into position as the Frenchman's nearest challenger after birdies at the second and fourth, as Darren Clarke picks up another shot at nine to be only three back as he prepares to turn back into the wind on the back nine.
Meanwhile in the Pro-Am competition, Richard McEvoy and Michael Zamkow still leading the way at 38 under par, yes that's right, 38 under par. A strong showing from the pair, and some solid ham and egging as we believe it is known, with McEvoy already 17 under on his own ball. Follow the top 20 teams as they battle it out for supremacy on Sunday by clicking on the Pro-Am scoring tab above the leaderboard.
COME ON @thomaslevetgolf !!! ON FIRE !!!!! @European_Tour— Alexander Levy (@Alexander Levy ) 29/09/2013 12:51
Five in a row... hello. Allez Thomas. Vive la France. Levet makes it five birdies on the bounce to open up on Sunday, which will do some damage, that's for sure. He now leads by two, as he looks to become the first Frenchman to win this title.
Doesn't look like this will be easy for Uihlein, there are some people on a roll out there, namely Charl Schwartzel, Tom Lewis, and Thomas Levet, all of which are four under par for the day and very much in contention. That is a fact made even more evident by an opening bogey five for our overnight leader as he drops out of the lead and down alongside Martin Kaymer at 19 under par, a stroke adrift of Levet.
First few holes proving to be easy meat down the breeze, red figures galore in the early stages of this final round. The latest to get on board the birdie train is Thomas Levet, who has picked up shots at each of the first three holes, and as a result is only a shot adrift of our leader on a day where the Frenchman needs a strong display if he is to ensure he has a card for next year. Levet is currently 166th on the Race to Dubai, with the top 110 getting their card, but that certainly looks set to improve if he continues like this on Sunday.
Links specialist Darren Clarke has got off to the ideal start at St Andrews on the final day, birdieing his second and third holes as he looks to better his best finish of the season, a tie for 22nd at the Volvo Golf Champions. The Northern Irishman is three back at 17 under par, as is Tom Lewis who has started par-birdie-eagle.
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Watch the best shots of the day from yesterday's third round, as well as our Saturday highlights to get you in the mood for the final round...
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RT @MichaelVaughan: Fantastic week in Scotland... My Zig Zag golf improved my fitness... Thanks to all at @dunhilllinks .. The best week of…— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 29/09/2013 10:46
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