2014 Alfred Dunhill Links

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Author: Paul Reece

Tags: Golf

Published: 11:24 31/08/2014

The 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links begins on October 2nd and the competition is once again expected to see a host of celebrities participating.

The yearly event, which takes place at St Andrews in Scotland, sees professional golfers team-up with amateurs and also hosts a separate professional event which has a $5million prize fund.

Celebrities who participated last year included Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, cricketers Michael Vaughan and Sir Ian Botham, and former Dutch international footballer Ruud Gullit.

While the professionals included the likes of Ernie Els, Stephen Gallacher and Paul Casey.

And 2012 welcomed actor Bill Murray, legendary cricketer Brian Lara and Olympian Michael Phelps to Scotland along with former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen.

Thomas Levet & cricketer David Sayer won the Pro-Am competition last year, meanwhile, with David Howell winning the professional tournament.

The 39-year-old ended his six-year wait for a European Tour victory with a play-off win over America’s Peter Uihlien.

The Swindon-born golfer had a previous record of 0-4 in European Tour play-offs.

It was his 5th European Tour victory, however, and he has enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular 2014 so far.

He finished tied for 15th in 143rd Open Championship and tied for 9th in Nordea Masters in his top two performances of the year so far.

Other notable winners of the competition, meanwhile, include Colin Montgomerie (05), Gallacher (04) and Lee Westwood (03).

And Padraig Harrington won the title in 2002 and 2006, winning both the Pro-Am tournaments in those years alongside racehorse owner J.P McManus.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, has confirmed his participation in the competition.

The 2014 PGA Championship and Open Championship winner confirmed his participation in the Pro-Am tournament alongside his father Gerry McIlroy.

The man of the moment has not competed in the competition since 2011 but with the event taking place just one week after the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles he has agreed to take part.

With the event falling so close to the Ryder Cup, meanwhile, it could see a few of the stars of the tournament participate.

Scotsman Gallacher finished tied for fifth in 2012 with a score of -15 under-par while Jamie Donaldson finished 26th last year.

The pair could both feature this year, along South African Els who finished tied for 17th last year.

Other notable names who could feature include Martin Kaymer and former champion Harrington.

The celebrity factor will add another interest to competition, meanwhile, and with the winner taking home over $500,000 in the professional tournament there is plenty to play for.

Howell may struggle to repeat his achievement of last year though, particularly with McIlroy confirming his participation.

And if the 25-year-old goes into the competition on the back of a solid showing in the Ryder Cup you would have to fancy him to impress again.