10 classic Alfred Dunhill Links Championship photos

The top images from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, featuring a special fan interaction and a victorious Ryder Cup homecoming. 

The top images from the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, featuring a special fan interaction and a victorious Ryder Cup homecoming. 

It's a unique week on the European Tour as celebrities join the professionals for four rounds over three of the most renowned courses in Scotland - the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. We take a look at ten of the most memorable photos from the last 16 years.

 

1) Monty returns victorious

Just a few days after guiding Europe to Ryder Cup success at Celtic Manor in 2010, Colin Montgomerie returned to his native Scotland with the trophy in hand. 

 

2) The Kaymer family

2010 champion Martin Kaymer often brings his family to Scotland for the event. Pictured in 2013, the two-time Major winner walked with brother, Philip, and his father, Horst.

 

3) Junior and Senior

Kaymer isn't the only man to make the Dunhill Links a family affair. Rory McIlroy will be playing with his father, Gerry, this year, having previously partnered him in past editions.

 

4) Surf's Up

The 2015 winner Thorbjørn Olesen took to the Swilcan Bridge for the traditional celebration photo with his celebrity partner, Kelly Slater. The 11-time World Surf League Champion might be the only person to have crossed the famous bridge with a surfboard in hand.

 

5) Notting Dunhill

There's no denying that the celebrities are a big draw during the week. In 2006, Hugh Grant, a regular playing partner of David Howell, met one fan who couldn't conceal her delight. 

 

6) Playing from the Road

 

As charming as the backdrop to the Old Course's Road hole is, there's nothing pleasurable about going off line there. With the world-famous Jigger Inn tucked away to the right, players are permanently wary of straying too far towards it and onto the road, as Sir Steve Redgrave did in 2012.

 

7) Clubhouse views

Anyone who is in St Andrews during tournament week knows the array of world class golfers isn't the only entertainment on show. The annual fireworks display over the iconic clubhouse makes one of the most recognisable landmarks in golf that little bit more spectacular.

 

8) Occupational hazard 

Some of the views from Kingsbarns' holes are a real treat...but they're perhaps best viewed from a distance. Former cricketer Ian Botham found himself in among the rocks on the 15th in 2012. As lies go, that one will take some beating.

 

9) When class meets class

Luis Figo was already a full Portuguese international and just one year away from joining the mighty FC Barcelona when Matt Fitzpatrick was born in 1994. However, the charismatic maestro is a big fan of the Yorkshireman's game and played with him during last year's edition. 

 

10) Like father, like son

Sam Torrance may have won 21 times on tour and captained Europe to Ryder Cup glory, but winning the team competition of the Dunhill Links with his son, Daniel, in 2003 could be one of his proudest moments.