Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2018: Course and current form stats for the pro-am event

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Three of Scotland's finest links play host to this week's popular event on Scotland's east coast. Andy Swales supplies course and current form stats for the prestigious pro-am tournament...

"Since the Dunhill Links began in 2001, as many as 13 of the tournament’s 17 winners have hailed from either Great Britain or Ireland."

The European Tour travels to Scotland for the 18th instalment of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

First staged in 2001, and played over the links of three well-known east coast venues, this pro-am event has become one of the most popular stops on the golfing calendar.

Once again, the Old Course at St Andrews is joined by Carnoustie and Kingsbarns as the venues for this 72-hole pro-am event.

The pros - and their amateur partners - will play one round on each course through the first three days of competition, before the leading 60 and ties head back to the Old Course for Sunday's finale.

All three layouts are traditional British links but while Kingbarns is relatively young - only opened in 2000 - the Old Course dates back to the days when golf was first invented.

The three courses vary in character. The Old Course has large undulating greens, wide fairways and little rough, while Carnoustie - this year's Open venue - is a much trickier affair with tighter fairways and more penal hazards.

Kingsbarns, meanwhile, also has large greens and over the years has yielded a higher stroke average than the Old Course.

Ryder Cup Stars

Five of last week's Ryder Cup golfers have journeyed more than 750 miles north from Paris to tee-up in Scotland.

Americans Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau will be joined by three members of the victorious European side - Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Trying to judge the mental state of all five could be tough, although none of them should have any difficulty quickly adapting to links golf.

Hatton is chasing a hat-trick of wins in this event, while Olesen won here three years ago.

Koepka and Fleetwood have both been runners-up in the pro-am, with Finau proving in July at Carnoustie that he certainly has the game for links golf, finishing in a tie-for-ninth at The Open Championship.

Something To Prove

Matt Fitzpatrick, who made his Ryder Cup debut in 2016 but failed to qualify this time around, will be keen to follow up his victory in the Swiss Alps last month.

Another Englishman, Chris Wood, has posted top-10s in this event on his last three visits and was a runner-up in last month's KLM Dutch Open.

Wood hasn't tasted victory since May 2016 but, thanks to some solid form during the past three months, has risen more than 60 places up the World Ranking and currently sits at No 73.

Just a few spots behind Wood is Irishman Shane Lowry whose form has also improved in recent weeks.

Lowry, a former world No 17, has finished inside the top 25 of this event in each of the past five years and has once stood on the podium at St Andrews.

Eddie Pepperell, runner-up on his last outing in the Algarve, usually plays well when close to the coast.

Overseas Challenge

Since the Dunhill Links began in 2001, as many as 13 of the tournament's 17 winners have hailed from either Great Britain or Ireland.

However, that said, South Africans have enjoyed some memorable moments at St Andrews, and one of their leading players under the age of 30 is Erik Van Rooyen.

The 28-year-old has played pretty well of late. He contended for 54 holes at this year's Open Championship, so should feel at home this week.

Experienced Dane Soren Kjeldsen might also be worth an each-way punt.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28
Brooks Koepka 26 19 12 8 1 5 MC 39
Tommy Fleetwood 11 8 24 20 35 14 6 12
Tony Finau 15 8 4 2 42 10 37 9
Tyrrell Hatton 29 12 20 10 28 51 9
Matt Kuchar 43 60 MC 14 MC 9 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 58 31 28 24 28
Matthew Fitzpatrick 1 7 36 MC 48 MC 14
Branden Grace 43 MC 27 63 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 20 20 4 56 3 12
Eddie Pepperell 2 6 56 9 59 6 2
Hao Tong Li 27 24 MC Wd 39 39 23
Matt Wallace 44 51 1 36 19 MC MC
Ross Fisher 40 MC 59 65 17 39 MC
Thomas Pieters MC 34 9 6 28 6
Chris Wood 12 2 23 MC 28 MC
Shane Lowry 6 MC 12 15 12 MC
Ryan Fox 27 MC 30 27 39 6
Adrian Otaegui 24 MC 10 65 68 MC
Alexander Bjork Wd MC MC 48 MC 19
Jorge Campillo 44 15 55 MC MC 32
Alexander Levy MC 20 56 MC 13 MC 55
Lucas Bjerregaard 20 2 6 9 Wd 39 MC
Paul Dunne 44 MC MC MC 66 67 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 3 65 19 MC
Brandon Stone 10 12 53 61 1
Tom Lewis 1 3 1 65 6 29 3 MC 47
Lucas Herbert 2 28 MC 44 5 18 29 51
Erik Van Rooyen 11 35 5 MC 17 MC
Andy Sullivan 20 28 30 MC MC MC
Hideto Tanihara MC 3 6 37 MC 5 MC 58
Andrea Pavan 20 MC 1 6 14
Richard McEvoy MC 15 16 37 34 1 1 33
Darren Fichardt 74 8 2 42
Dean Burmester MC MC MC 9
Marcus Kinhult 4 56 49 45 61
Chris Paisley 8 MC MC MC MC
George Coetzee 20 44 35 MC MC
Martin Kaymer 15 MC MC 61 42 MC MC
Jordan Smith 27 10 20 36 MC 64 MC 32
Matthew Southgate MC 24 30 20 10 67 23
Joakim Lagergren MC MC MC 45 34 23
Benjamin Hebert MC 11 23 44 24 49
Wade Ormsby 20 MC 39 MC
Thomas Detry MC 3 MC 7 13 13 64
Nicolas Colsaerts 40 64 23 27 MC MC MC MC 42
Scott Jamieson 20 68 35 4 42 13 MC MC
Kim Koivu 7 MC MC 1 68 1 29 64 MC
Gavin Green MC MC 12 MC 3 64 61 19
Pablo Larrazabal MC* 11 16 MC
Paul Peterson MC 41 56 63 45 MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC* MC 4 18 24 54 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 56 6 12 12 MC 45 22 42
Aaron Rai MC MC MC 24 24 MC 9
Lee Slattery 51 MC 4 10 MC
JC Ritchie 60 24 3 1 19 8
Padraig Harrington MC 5 2 MC MC 50 MC MC
Graeme McDowell 57 44 17 63
Julien Guerrier 34 36 23 MC 9 MC 54 55
Scott Hend MC Wd 45 MC 70 MC 19 14
Renato Paratore 27 36 MC 36 MC 2 MC
Sam Horsfield MC 64 MC 10 48 23
Richie Ramsay MC 46 MC 12 MC 39 MC
Dave Horsey 44 68 23 56 39 MC
Jason Scrivener 12 15 MC 69 18 61 MC
Haydn Porteous 20 28 16 37 36 6 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon 44 MC 59 MC 29 54 42
Callum Shinkwin MC 16 20 65 48 MC
Peter Karmis 24 10 1 18 MC 14 11
Liam Johnston 1 MC 33 MC MC 22 MC MC
Richard Sterne 16 43 17 39 14
Robert Rock 34 MC 17 6 49
Jens Dantorp MC Wd MC MC MC MC 3
Jeung-Hun Wang 36 12 MC MC MC 13 MC
Matthias Schwab 27 MC MC MC 9 MC 7 MC
Phachara Khongwatmai 44 MC 8 12 9 MC 25 14 MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu 60 MC MC MC MC 43 MC
Oliver Bekker 48 MC 54 6 18 MC 8 MC
Oliver Fisher 7 MC MC 71 MC 39 32
Adam Bland 46 MC MC 18 13 66
Stephen Gallacher 44 23 27 24 MC MC 9
David Lipsky 63 MC 35 MC 50 13 MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC 8 MC 55
David Drysdale MC 6 30 34 MC MC 9 MC
Steven Brown MC MC MC 2 MC MC 54 32
Maximilian Kieffer MC 36 35 29 3 29 MC
Jaco Ahlers 4 5 MC 71
Romain Wattel MC MC 43 27 MC 5 MC
Jacques Kruyswijk 34 46 MC MC 7 42 MC
Thomas Aiken MC* 30 71 MC 2 29 MC
Mikko Ilonen Wd MC MC MC
Nino Bertasio 69 46 16 29 17 MC MC
Connor Syme MC 57 MC MC 50 21 22 32
Austin Connelly MC 11 45 MC 50 MC MC MC
Clement Sordet 40 MC MC MC MC 17 64 58
Tapio Pulkkanen 63 MC MC MC 44 34 48 MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC
Marc Warren 63 MC MC MC MC 17 22 MC
Ashley Chesters 16 28 MC 9 59 29 MC MC
Andrew Dodt 46 MC MC MC 6 54 MC
Justin Walters MC 53 35 27 29 45 67 45 23
Jin Ho Choi 27 57 MC 49 68 42 29 49
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC 1 MC 67 MC
Ryan Evans MC MC MC 12 50 29 MC MC
Adrien Saddier 16 Wd 65 56 MC MC 54 MC
Oliver Farr MC MC MC 45 MC MC 64 49
Jake McLeod 10 6 2 35
Luke Donald
Jeff Winther MC MC MC MC 9 68 22 MC
Bradley Dredge 16 6 MC 49 34 29 MC
Pedro Oriol MC MC 59 27 MC 34 MC 64
Louis De Jager 2 27 10 45 17 3 15
Jonathan Thomson MC 15 MC 2 63 29 43 74
Robert Karlsson 66 MC 17 MC 49
Trevor Immelman 3
Thongchai Jaidee MC MC MC 36 32
Marcel Siem MC MC MC MC MC MC 54 14
Raphael Jacquelin 7 MC MC 50 MC MC MC
James Morrison MC MC 56 34 36 61 68 32
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC
Brett Rumford Wd MC 65 MC 61 MC
Marcus Fraser MC 56 33
Jamie Donaldson MC MC 65 44 MC MC
Michael Hoey Wd 5 11 39 MC MC 26 7
Edoardo Molinari MC 51 MC 68 MC MC
Scott Fernandez MC MC MC 20 MC MC 63 58
Henric Sturehed MC 73 MC MC MC MC MC 54
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC* MC 23 20 29 45 MC 42
Ricardo Gouveia 7 MC MC 37 MC 45 MC 32
Nico Geyger 36 46 58 22 11 MC 45 MC
Sam Brazel MC 28 MC MC MC MC
Chase Koepka MC 28 35 MC 61 MC MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 27 MC MC 60 46 36 MC 32
Alejandro Canizares 56 MC MC MC MC 45 MC MC
Jordan Zunic MC 42
Daniel Brooks MC* Wd 5 MC MC MC MC MC
Chris Hanson 70 MC MC 45 65 45 MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC 57 MC MC MC MC MC
Richard Bland 20 44 MC 56 44 61 MC MC
Charlie Ford MC MC MC 56 50 MC MC
James Heath Wd
Peter Hanson MC MC MC 50 Wd 72 MC
Ockie Strydom 14 7 MC MC 11 MC 21
Gregory Havret 34 41 51 MC 74 MC MC
Lasse Jensen 34 MC MC MC MC 29 MC
Gregory Bourdy MC 57 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Soomin Lee 4 53 MC MC 29 MC 43 MC
Zac Blair MC 33 MC 35 MC 30 50 15 MC
Ernie Els MC 3 MC MC
Matthew Baldwin 60 20 MC 12 36 MC MC MC
James Marchesani MC 14 MC
Sebastien Gros MC MC Wd MC 70 13 48 MC
Jason Norris 56 MC MC MC MC 55 MC
Doug Ghim 8 MC 20 23 Wd
Laurie Canter MC MC 16 MC MC 56 MC MC
Bradley Neil MC 68 MC Wd 69 21 MC
Jaco Van Zyl MC* 28 59 MC MC MC
Richard T Lee 34 MC MC 47 65 MC
Deyen Lawson 49
Pep Angles 12 MC 27 50 MC MC
Jean-Paul Strydom MC 18 MC 27 34 MC
Mark Foster Wd Wd MC
Rak Hyun Cho MC MC MC MC 24 56 29 30
Carlos Pigem 40 MC MC MC MC 61 MC MC
Daniel Im MC 41 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Kyle McClatchie MC 20 MC 48 31 MC MC MC
David Howell 63 MC MC MC 36 24 MC
Ulrich Van Den Berg 28 20 MC MC 35 40
Sam Locke 60 40 MC 43 59 75
Ken Duke MC 42 MC MC MC
Paul McGinley
Norman Xiong MC MC MC MC
Freddie Jacobson MC 56
Oliver Gillberg MC
Harry Ellis MC MC 36 MC MC
Pelle Edberg MC MC
Simon Dyson MC MC Wd 53 MC
Matthew Jordan MC 68
Robin Dawson MC
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Brooks Koepka 2 9 50
Tommy Fleetwood 25 15 13 2 5 55 5
Tony Finau
Tyrrell Hatton 1 1 MC MC
Matt Kuchar
Louis Oosthuizen 53 6 MC MC 5 MC 40
Matthew Fitzpatrick 15 MC MC
Branden Grace 47 MC 30 25 59 1 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 50 1 58 MC 2 45
Eddie Pepperell 7 MC MC MC 26
Hao Tong Li
Matt Wallace 59
Ross Fisher 2 2 MC 61 MC 22 64 11 MC 2
Thomas Pieters 50 MC 18
Chris Wood 4 9 7 15 MC MC MC MC
Shane Lowry 25 18 19 6 3 34 45 53 MC
Ryan Fox MC MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC 48 61
Alexander Bjork MC
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC MC 40 MC
Alexander Levy 7 MC MC 25 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC 32
Paul Dunne 7 25 19
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 56 31 MC MC MC
Brandon Stone 15 MC 42 MC
Tom Lewis MC MC MC MC 3 MC 70
Lucas Herbert
Erik Van Rooyen 59
Andy Sullivan MC 51 MC MC MC
Hideto Tanihara
Andrea Pavan MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC 26 MC MC 8
Darren Fichardt 67 MC MC 25 MC 29
Dean Burmester MC MC
Marcus Kinhult
Chris Paisley MC MC 12
George Coetzee 47 25 25 5 MC 61
Martin Kaymer 36 6 56 MC 7 34 30 1 2
Jordan Smith MC
Matthew Southgate MC MC
Joakim Lagergren 12 4 4
Benjamin Hebert 63 MC 4 MC MC
Wade Ormsby MC MC MC 51
Thomas Detry MC
Nicolas Colsaerts 25 31 57 9 MC
Scott Jamieson MC MC 33 MC 17 34 MC
Kim Koivu
Gavin Green
Pablo Larrazabal MC 25 MC 32 17 MC 58 MC MC MC
Paul Peterson MC MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC 32
Soren Kjeldsen 7 9 MC 26 63 MC MC 62 MC
Aaron Rai 25
Lee Slattery MC MC MC MC MC 5 70 65
JC Ritchie
Padraig Harrington MC MC MC 18 40 29 8 17 26 13
Graeme McDowell 15 15 19 3 17 26 31
Julien Guerrier
Scott Hend MC MC MC MC MC MC Dq
Renato Paratore MC 7 MC
Sam Horsfield
Richie Ramsay Wd MC 2 33 MC 39 MC 4
Dave Horsey 36 11 9 MC 20 MC 58 MC MC
Jason Scrivener 47 51
Haydn Porteous 15 MC MC MC
Matthieu Pavon MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 38
Peter Karmis MC
Liam Johnston 47
Richard Sterne 59 2 6 50 MC 52
Robert Rock 4 31 MC 66 MC 61 MC MC MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC
Jeung-Hun Wang 36
Matthias Schwab
Phachara Khongwatmai MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Oliver Bekker MC MC MC MC
Oliver Fisher 7 MC 33 51 MC 15 MC MC MC MC
Adam Bland MC
Stephen Gallacher 12 38 19 32 MC 5 MC 17 24
David Lipsky MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC 34 21
David Drysdale 15 47 9 MC MC 15 MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown MC
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC 51 MC
Jaco Ahlers 47 25 MC
Romain Wattel 15 18 33 MC 40 MC 45
Jacques Kruyswijk MC
Thomas Aiken MC 66 MC 22 30 22 Dq 13
Mikko Ilonen 47 18 43 MC 40 22 29 26 40
Nino Bertasio 15 MC
Connor Syme 15
Austin Connelly MC
Clement Sordet
Tapio Pulkkanen
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC MC MC 68 5 62 40
Marc Warren 4 5 38 25 35 34 5 MC 19 13
Ashley Chesters 36 MC
Andrew Dodt MC 47 MC MC MC 39 MC
Justin Walters MC MC 30 MC 26
Jin Ho Choi
Zander Lombard MC
Ryan Evans MC 42
Adrien Saddier 66
Oliver Farr MC
Jake McLeod
Luke Donald 7 MC 9 7
Jeff Winther MC
Bradley Dredge 25 11 13 34 MC 22 42 60
Pedro Oriol
Louis De Jager MC
Jonathan Thomson
Robert Karlsson MC 53 MC 14 45 29 MC 1
Trevor Immelman MC 53
Thongchai Jaidee MC 32 MC 15 MC 42 19
Marcel Siem 15 62 11 MC MC 37 42 MC
Raphael Jacquelin 47 MC MC 18 MC 5 MC 48 16 24
James Morrison 25 38 13 MC MC 22 17 MC
Miguel Angel Jimenez MC MC 36 Ret
Brett Rumford MC MC MC MC 22 53 MC 19
Marcus Fraser Dq MC MC 58 MC 24
Jamie Donaldson MC Wd 13 26 MC 9 MC MC 8
Michael Hoey MC MC 32 26 MC 1 MC 19
Edoardo Molinari MC MC 61 22 MC MC
Scott Fernandez
Henric Sturehed
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 36 MC 33
Ricardo Gouveia 36 MC
Nico Geyger
Sam Brazel MC
Chase Koepka
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 29 58 Ret 36
Alejandro Canizares MC 41 43 51 24 34 53 48 MC 60
Jordan Zunic 18
Daniel Brooks MC MC MC MC
Chris Hanson MC MC
Matteo Manassero MC MC MC MC MC 53 22
Richard Bland 47 18 MC 25 MC MC MC 29 26
Charlie Ford
James Heath
Peter Hanson 25 41 13 34 9 MC 16 52
Ockie Strydom
Gregory Havret 36 18 MC 42 40 MC 39 MC MC MC
Lasse Jensen 63 11
Gregory Bourdy 4 41 48 42 50 MC MC 53 9 19
Soomin Lee MC MC
Zac Blair MC
Ernie Els MC 27 32 17 34 53 22 26 MC
Matthew Baldwin MC MC 26 47
James Marchesani
Sebastien Gros MC Dq
Jason Norris MC MC
Doug Ghim
Laurie Canter 36 MC
Bradley Neil MC
Jaco Van Zyl MC 55 9
Richard T Lee MC MC
Deyen Lawson
Pep Angles MC
Jean-Paul Strydom
Mark Foster MC 11 55 15 21 MC 42 MC
Rak Hyun Cho
Carlos Pigem MC
Daniel Im MC MC
Kyle McClatchie
David Howell MC Ret MC 14 1 34 MC 8 MC 60
Ulrich Van Den Berg 59 60 MC
Sam Locke
Ken Duke MC
Paul McGinley MC MC 42 20 MC MC MC 9 MC
Norman Xiong
Freddie Jacobson
Oliver Gillberg
Harry Ellis
Pelle Edberg MC MC MC MC MC
Simon Dyson MC MC MC MC MC 9 5 1 MC
Matthew Jordan
Robin Dawson
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