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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2019: Course and current form stats for this pro-am event

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2019, St Andrews
The iconic Royal & Ancient Golf Club overlooks the 18th green and 1st tee at the Old Course, St Andrews
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Scotland's east coast welcomes a quality field for this week's popular pro-am which is staged over three courses. Form stats and preview supplied by Andy Swales...

"Jon Rahm continued in his rich vein of form last week when finishing second to Willett at the PGA. The Spaniard is back up to No 5 in the World Ranking thanks to 15 top-10s from his last 22 starts."

From the English countryside to the Scottish coast, the European Tour heads north for the 19th staging of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

This 72-hole pro-am is contested over three venues, with Sunday's concluding round taking place at the Old Course in St Andrews.

As is usual, during days one to three, the professionals and their amateur partners play one round at each links - namely Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

On Saturday evening, when 54 holes have been completed, the leading 60 pros and ties qualify for the final round.

This year's field is arguably as good as it has ever been, thanks to its close proximity in the calendar with Wentworth's PGA Championship, which ended on Sunday.

Many of those who teed-up in Surrey last week have made the 400-mile journey to Fife, with the BMW PGA event having benefited from a switch in dates from May to September.

Tournament History

Tyrrell Hatton is the current king of the Alfred Dunhill in which his last 12 rounds at the tournament yields an average score of 66.92 - thanks to a brace of victories and a runner-up finish.

Six of the world's top 20 are teeing-up with No 2 Rory McIlroy the star attraction as ever.

Although McIlory is making only this third appearance in eight years, he has an excellent record in this event, despite never managing to get his hands on the trophy.

The 30-year-old has registered four podium finishes at the pro-am, dating back to 2007, including three times as runner-up.

At Wentworth, McIlroy covered the final 54 holes just one shot worse than champion Danny Willett, but paid the price with an opening round of 76 - which left him 11 strokes off the pace on Thursday evening.

In recent years, a slow start has often been a common theme for McIlroy whose three victories during 2019 have followed strong opening rounds of 66-67-67.

Flying Spaniard

Jon Rahm continued in his rich vein of form last week when finishing second to Willett at the PGA.

The Spaniard is back up to No 5 in the World Ranking thanks to 15 top-10s from his last 22 starts.

Rahm is a fine exponent of links golf, having won the Irish Open for a second time in July of this year.

Another golfer to ply his trade mainly on the PGA Tour is Tony Finau who remains in the UK having played 72 holes at Wentworth, where he slumped badly with closing rounds of 77-74.

However, don't be surprised if the world No 14 bounces back in Scotland to become the tournament's first American champion.

Check out latest betting ahead of this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

This year's Open champ Shane Lowry returns to his favourite form of golf - by the seaside - and, if you are seeking one of the outsiders to wager some money on this week, then Erik Van Rooyen might just be worth a splash.

The South African tied-14th at the BMW PGA over the weekend and has enjoyed some promising results on links course in recent years.

In-form Bernd Wiesberger must also be considered a strong contender at St Andrews where he will be chasing a second victory in Scotland during 2019.

Links Challenge

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 is a much trickier affair with tighter fairways and more penal hazards.

Carnoustie usually proves to be the most difficult of the three venues for pros and amateurs alike.

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

In recent instalments, Greens in Regulation has been a relatively decisive stat at the Alfred Dunhill.

However, the ability to scramble successfully is also an important attribute on links where a good confident touch is required to cope with often fast unconventional terrain and changeable coastal breezes.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29
Rory McIlroy 9 2 1 19 6 4 MC
Justin Rose 8 26 52 10 11 20
Jon Rahm 2 13 5 3 7 11
Tony Finau 51 7 4 30 27 3
Tommy Fleetwood 60 8 13 11 43 4 2
Shane Lowry 11 48 52 1
Matt Wallace 41 3 MC 27 51
Matthew Fitzpatrick 46 69 2 4 20
Bernd Wiesberger 17 5 MC 30 32
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 6 63 12 MC
Eddie Pepperell MC 35 MC 51 71
Tyrrell Hatton MC 59 43 6
Alex Noren 28 MC 40 60 12 11
Hao Tong Li 51 20 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC 28 MC 51 16
Justin Harding MC MC 43 7 43 41
Lee Westwood MC MC 28 MC 4
Danny Willett Won MC 24 48 6
Erik Van Rooyen 14 12 1 5 20
Tom Lewis MC MC 1 59 Wd 11
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 51 71 60 32
Andrea Pavan 46 12 16 3 25 MC
Branden Grace 60 MC 30 48 51
Russell Knox 46 MC MC 48 41
Joost Luiten 31 10 23 29 32
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 37 10 6 MC
Robert MacIntyre 28 2 MC MC 23 6
Adri Arnaus MC 6 MC 2 MC
Benjamin Hebert 37 MC MC 41
Guido Migliozzi MC 7 33
Martin Kaymer 57 MC MC 31
Romain Langasque 17 27 48 MC 63
Graeme McDowell 57 MC 57
Sebastian Soderberg 64 70 1 5 MC
Ryan Fox MC 60 MC 16
Alexander Bjork 51 22 28 20 23 MC
JC Ritchie MC 10 48 5
Andy Sullivan 74 36 MC 20 MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC MC MC MC
Calum Hill MC 3 7 1 3 1
Marcus Kinhult 46 12 20
Paul Waring 21 28 20 30 63
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 3 12 68 MC
Matthias Schwab 28 2 8 5
Julian Suri 31 MC MC MC MC
Lucas Herbert MC 22 8 MC
Jordan Smith 24 MC MC MC
David Lipsky MC MC 51 MC MC
Thomas Detry MC 36 20 20
Oliver Wilson MC 48 MC* MC
Richard Sterne 31 22 48 MC
Aaron Rai 26 MC 29 39 12
Masahiro Kawamura 9 25 MC 40 18
Victor Perez MC MC 10
Ross Fisher 31 46 35
Sean Crocker 36 MC 28 Wd
Dean Burmester MC MC MC 3 58 33
Alexander Levy MC MC MC 5 18 MC
Sam Horsfield 31 49 14 43 10 3
Kalle Samooja MC 2 47 51
Gavin Green 72 40 12 16 58
Chris Paisley MC 27 48 MC
Brandon Stone MC 21 MC MC* MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 7 MC
Jaco Ahlers 1 MC
Andrew Johnston 9 23 10 MC
Jason Scrivener MC MC 20 30
Jake McLeod 27 63 MC MC
Nacho Elvira MC 36 MC
Wade Ormsby MC 8 5
Joachim B Hansen MC 43 16 30
Sihwan Kim MC 17 MC 5 51
John Catlin MC MC 29 30
Louis De Jager MC 12 MC MC MC 18
Alvaro Quiros 64 46 48
Gaganjeet Bhullar 60 MC 53 MC
Chris Wood 51 40 69 53 MC
Paul Dunne MC 27 MC MC 23
George Coetzee 71 15 MC MC
Darren Fichardt MC 56 43 MC 30
Fabrizio Zanotti MC MC MC MC
Zander Lombard MC 36 72 16 11 MC
Robert Rock MC 70 MC
Scott Jamieson 57 21 12 MC 39
Shubhankar Sharma 17 40 46 MC MC 51
David Law 72 60 MC MC MC
Thriston Lawrence 19 2 13
Dimitrios Papadatos MC 60 MC 39 MC
Matthew Jordan 25 25 32 5 41 19
Grant Forrest MC MC 58 MC
Matthew Southgate MC 10 46 MC 10 30
Joakim Lagergren 24 7 20 MC 10
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 2 40 MC
David Drysdale MC MC MC 23
Stephen Gallacher MC MC 47 MC
Neil Schietekat 52 5 MC 7 15
Padraig Harrington 46 15 12 MC 58 MC MC MC
Andres Romero MC 21 2 MC 51 MC
Bryce Easton 9 MC 8 11 51 MC 2
Edoardo Molinari 64 21 MC MC* 14
Jack Singh Brar MC 64 33 37 14
Kim Koivu MC MC MC 11
Ashley Chesters 21 15 9 72 MC 18
Callum Shinkwin 5 Wd Wd MC 41
Nino Bertasio Dq 49 20 Wd MC 72
Johannes Veerman 40 36 41 MC
Min Woo Lee 36 MC MC*
Renato Paratore 41 MC 12 20 39
Liam Johnston 15 MC 61 MC 5
Philip Eriksson 16 MC 51
Jake Roos 27 25
Hideto Tanihara MC 27 56 20 MC
Lee Slattery MC 40 35 40 39
Thomas Aiken MC
Ernie Els 64 MC Wd 32
Nicolai Hojgaard 2 MC MC MC
Soren Kjeldsen 41 55 MC MC 29 MC
Berry Henson MC MC 48 23 MC
Michael G Palmer 3 5
Nicolas Colsaerts 57 MC MC 53 58
Matthieu Pavon MC MC MC 10 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 26 MC MC MC 39
Hugo Leon 7 17 MC MC 5 18
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC 22 MC MC 51
Victor Dubuisson Wd 43 Wd 39
Wil Besseling 7 MC 37 14 11 MC
Justin Walters MC Wd MC 59 58
Romain Wattel MC MC 6 MC MC 14
Haydn Porteous Wd 55 35 29 11 9
Alex Haindl 66 3 14 33
Richie Ramsay 6 55 MC 58 MC 58
Dave Horsey MC 43 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 41 MC MC 59 23
Bradley Dredge MC 10 61 47 39
Jamie Donaldson 27 35 5 MC
Stuart Manley 55 22 76 MC 67
Rikard Karlberg 6 46 46 53 5 6 4
Harrison Endycott Wd 64
Daniel Nisbet MC 69 19 Wd
Thongchai Jaidee MC
Luke Donald MC MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 66 MC MC 23
Steven Brown 64 15 MC MC MC
Trevor Immelman 69 60 MC MC
James Morrison MC 4 MC 28 29 30
Marcus Fraser MC MC
Robert Karlsson MC MC 63 MC 10
Jarryd Felton Wd 10 44 59
Julien Guerrier 60
Yusaku Miyazato 51 49 MC 48 MC
Keenan Davidse 30 21 MC
Kristoffer Reitan MC MC MC MC 14
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC MC 58
Pedro Figueiredo 49 33 35 MC MC
Jens Dantorp MC MC MC 48 40 MC
Terry Pilkadaris MC MC 26 6
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 27 MC MC MC* MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC
Ricardo Gouveia MC MC 36 MC MC* 48
Michael Hoey MC 66 MC MC MC
DA Points MC
Simon Hawkes MC
Brandon Wu 30 MC
Callan O`Reilly MC MC
David Howell MC MC 63 MC 30
Wilco Nienaber MC MC 72 51 MC* MC
Thomas Sloman
Michael Campbell MC MC
Simon Dyson
Daniel Hillier MC
Euan Walker 40
Player `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10 `09
Rory McIlroy 63 2 2 53 2
Justin Rose
Jon Rahm
Tony Finau 10
Tommy Fleetwood 2 25 15 13 2 5 55 5
Shane Lowry MC 25 18 19 6 3 34 45 53 MC
Matt Wallace 28 59
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 15 MC MC
Bernd Wiesberger 7 4 14 12 MC MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 31 MC MC MC MC 30 MC 4
Eddie Pepperell 44 7 MC MC MC 26
Tyrrell Hatton 2 1 1 MC MC
Alex Noren 11 40 3 39 17 MC
Hao Tong Li 5
Lucas Bjerregaard 1 MC MC MC 32
Justin Harding MC MC
Lee Westwood MC MC MC 30 11 9
Danny Willett MC 52 MC MC 5 27 2 42
Erik Van Rooyen MC 59
Tom Lewis 10 MC MC MC MC 3 MC 70
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 15 4
Andrea Pavan 5 MC MC
Branden Grace 55 47 MC 30 25 59 1 MC
Russell Knox
Joost Luiten 36 MC MC MC 24 47 9 58 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC 56 31 MC MC
Robert MacIntyre
Adri Arnaus
Benjamin Hebert 32 63 MC 4 MC MC
Guido Migliozzi
Martin Kaymer MC 36 6 56 MC 7 34 30 1
Romain Langasque MC
Graeme McDowell MC 15 15 19 3 17 26
Sebastian Soderberg
Ryan Fox 24 MC MC
Alexander Bjork MC MC
JC Ritchie MC
Andy Sullivan 10 MC 51 MC MC MC
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC 48 61
Calum Hill
Marcus Kinhult 20
Paul Waring MC MC MC MC 29 22 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 48 36 MC 33
Matthias Schwab 10
Julian Suri MC
Lucas Herbert 7
Jordan Smith 32 MC
David Lipsky MC MC MC
Thomas Detry 48 MC
Oliver Wilson MC MC 1 59 34 21 MC 2
Richard Sterne MC 59 2 6 50 MC
Aaron Rai MC 25
Masahiro Kawamura
Victor Perez
Ross Fisher 32 2 2 MC 61 MC 22 64 11 MC
Sean Crocker
Dean Burmester MC MC MC
Alexander Levy 32 7 MC MC 25 MC
Sam Horsfield MC
Kalle Samooja
Gavin Green MC
Chris Paisley 24 MC MC 12
Brandon Stone 10 15 MC 42 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 56 MC 25 MC 32 17 MC 58 MC MC
Jaco Ahlers MC 47 25 MC
Andrew Johnston MC MC MC
Jason Scrivener 24 47 51
Jake McLeod 48
Nacho Elvira 10 MC MC MC 32
Wade Ormsby MC MC MC MC 51
Joachim B Hansen MC MC 55
Sihwan Kim MC
John Catlin
Louis De Jager MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 68 5 62
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC MC
Chris Wood MC 4 9 7 15 MC MC MC
Paul Dunne MC 7 25 19
George Coetzee MC 47 25 25 5 MC 61
Darren Fichardt 48 67 MC MC 25 MC 29
Fabrizio Zanotti MC 31 52 MC MC 69 MC 45
Zander Lombard MC MC
Robert Rock 20 4 31 MC 66 MC 61 MC MC MC
Scott Jamieson MC MC MC 33 MC 17 34 MC
Shubhankar Sharma
David Law
Thriston Lawrence MC
Dimitrios Papadatos MC MC
Matthew Jordan 32
Grant Forrest MC 41
Matthew Southgate MC MC MC
Joakim Lagergren MC 12 4 4
Lorenzo Gagli MC 34 21
David Drysdale MC 15 47 9 MC MC 15 MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher 10 12 38 19 32 MC 5 MC 17
Neil Schietekat MC
Padraig Harrington 7 MC MC MC 18 40 29 8 17 26
Andres Romero
Bryce Easton
Edoardo Molinari 24 MC MC 61 22 MC
Jack Singh Brar MC
Kim Koivu MC
Ashley Chesters 44 36 MC
Callum Shinkwin MC MC 38
Nino Bertasio MC 15 MC
Johannes Veerman
Min Woo Lee
Renato Paratore 32 MC 7 MC
Liam Johnston MC 47
Philip Eriksson
Jake Roos MC MC MC
Hideto Tanihara MC
Lee Slattery 20 MC MC MC MC MC 5 70
Thomas Aiken MC MC 66 MC 22 30 22 Dq
Ernie Els 48 MC 27 32 17 34 53 22 26
Nicolai Hojgaard
Soren Kjeldsen 48 7 9 MC 26 63 MC MC 62
Berry Henson
Michael G Palmer
Nicolas Colsaerts 10 25 31 57 9 MC
Matthieu Pavon 20 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 4
Hugo Leon
Richard McEvoy MC MC 26 MC MC 8
Oliver Fisher 32 7 MC 33 51 MC 15 MC MC MC
Victor Dubuisson 3 43 MC 5 27 MC
Wil Besseling
Justin Walters MC MC MC 30 MC 26
Romain Wattel MC 15 18 33 MC 40 MC 45
Haydn Porteous MC 15 MC MC MC
Alex Haindl 18
Richie Ramsay MC Wd MC 2 33 MC 39 MC 4
Dave Horsey MC 36 11 9 MC 20 MC 58 MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC 29 58 Ret
Bradley Dredge MC 25 11 13 34 MC 22 42
Jamie Donaldson MC MC Wd 13 26 MC 9 MC MC
Stuart Manley MC MC
Rikard Karlberg MC 41 MC MC MC 68 MC
Harrison Endycott
Daniel Nisbet
Thongchai Jaidee 32 MC 32 MC 15 MC 42
Luke Donald MC 7 MC 9 7
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC
Steven Brown MC MC
Trevor Immelman 44 MC 53
James Morrison 56 25 38 13 MC MC 22 17 MC
Marcus Fraser 10 Dq MC MC 58 MC
Robert Karlsson MC MC 53 MC 14 45 29 MC
Jarryd Felton
Julien Guerrier 32
Yusaku Miyazato
Keenan Davidse
Kristoffer Reitan
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC MC 11 42
Pedro Figueiredo
Jens Dantorp MC MC
Terry Pilkadaris MC MC MC MC
Jeung-Hun Wang MC 36
Raphael Jacquelin MC 47 MC MC 18 MC 5 MC 48 16
Ricardo Gouveia MC 36 MC
Michael Hoey MC MC MC 32 26 MC 1 MC 19
DA Points
Simon Hawkes
Brandon Wu
Callan O`Reilly
David Howell MC MC Ret MC 14 1 34 MC 8 MC
Wilco Nienaber
Thomas Sloman
Michael Campbell Ret 47 MC MC
Simon Dyson MC MC MC MC MC MC 9 5 1
Daniel Hillier
Euan Walker

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