Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2021: Form stats for the European Tour's visit to Scotland

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is staged over three Scottish links
Kingsbarns: One of three venues staging this week's pro-am in Scotland

Scotland's east coast is the location for this week's popular pro-am which is staged over three courses. Form stats and preview supplied by Andy Swales...

"Because of the 'Ryder-factor', pros such as Horschel and Alex Noren may be in a better psychological state to perform this week. World No 18 Horschel makes his first start since winning at Wentworth, while the form of Noren has greatly improved in recent months."

For the 10th and final time this year, the European Tour will be teeing-up in the British Isles.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has once again attracted an international field, chasing a better-than-average prize fund of $5m.

The tournament, which was cancelled 12 months ago because of Covid, will be staged over three well-known Scottish links - those of the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

This trio of courses have been part of every Dunhill Links Championship since it joined the official European Tour schedule 20 years ago this month.

This week's field

As ever, a number of slots have been set aside for leading golfers from other tours, namely the Australasian, Sunshine (South Africa) and Asian.

However, over the previous two decades, this event has tended to be dominated by golfers from the British Isles.

Thirteen of the 19 titles have been scooped up by players from England, Ireland or Scotland, while three of the other six have headed to Scandinavia.

Branden Grace remains the only non-European to have lifted the trophy, although this trend could certainly change this year.

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With just three members of Europe's Ryder Cup team taking part, the likelihood of the title going elsewhere has greatly increased.

American Billy Horschel, who recently won at Wentworth, is sampling more European Tour golf.

He tees-up on Thursday as the highest-ranked golfer in the field following Tony Finau's withdrawal late on Monday.

Teeing-up

Europe's trio of Ryder Cup players should, on paper, have a decent chance of winning this week.

Tyrrell Hatton is a two-time winner of this event, while Tommy Fleetwood has twice been runner-up, and has had three other top-five finishes.

Former Open champ Shane Lowry is certainly at home on links courses and has played pretty solidly since April.

But can all three recover in time from last week's mentally draining experience at the Ryder Cup?

Because of the 'Ryder-factor', pros such as Horschel and Alex Noren may be in a better psychological state to perform this week.

World No 18 Horschel makes his first start since winning at Wentworth, while the form of Noren has greatly improved in recent months.

The former world No 8 from Sweden posted a brace of top-10s during this year's FedEx Cup Play-Offs, and has a reasonable record in this event.

His best finish here is third, while his most recent trip in 2019 yielded a tie-for-15th.

Amateur hour

As with all previous editions, the tournament incorporates a pro-am section.

During days one to three, the professionals and their amateur partners play one round at each links.

On Saturday evening, when 54 holes have been completed, the leading 60 pros and ties qualify for the final round which takes place at the Old Course. The leading 20 pro-am teams are also involved on judgement day.

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.

With all three venues set up to accommodate amateur golfers, the putting surfaces are usually not as fast or tricky as at professional-only events.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Last 10 Weeks / St Andrews Pro-Am 2010-19

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Players W39 W38 W37 W36 W35 W34 W33 W32 W31 W30
Tony Finau 24 15 1 34 28
Billy Horschel 1 7 52 31 17
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC 17
Tommy Fleetwood 12 2 65 46 16
Shane Lowry 17 26 11 23 22
Victor Perez 49 18 50 13 61
Robert MacIntyre MC MC MC 65 15 MC
Branden Grace 12 MC 52 MC 2 30
Alex Noren 27 9 4 16
Min Woo Lee MC 12 21 62
Guido Migliozzi MC 34 7 32
Thomas Detry 4 Dq MC 27 22
Santiago Tarrio 62 2 15 3 15 4
Richard Bland 57 5 MC 3
Martin Kaymer 25 MC 18
Troy Merritt 16 MC 51 39
Justin Harding 9 MC MC 32 7 2
Laurie Canter 2 MC MC MC 40
Johannes Veerman 6 71 8 MC 1
Antoine Rozner 67 52 13 45
Dean Burmester MC 30 34 40 6
Jamie Donaldson 2 MC 27 3 34
Calum Hill MC 34 7 1 4 MC* 62
Sam Horsfield 64 35 15 MC 23 6
Thomas Pieters 9 9 18 MC 54 16
Andy Sullivan MC MC 40 13 48 MC*
John Catlin MC 24 21 51 7 32
Daniel Van Tonder MC MC 27 21 45 21 MC MC
Jason Scrivener
Brandon Stone 32 45 MC MC 12 MC MC
Marcus Armitage 30 MC 7 38 30
George Coetzee 50 75 27 MC MC 1
Sean Crocker 9 18 4 2 MC
Masahiro Kawamura 17 5 21 55 16 3 5
Kalle Samooja 57 60 MC 8 45
Nicolai Hojgaard 20 1 17 21 MC MC* 14
Adrian Meronk MC 2 27 17 51
Danny Willett MC 71 MC MC
Adrian Otaegui 49 34 MC 38 MC MC
Callum Shinkwin MC 46 33 3 16 MC 4
Sami Valimaki MC 46 MC MC 44 27
Jazz Janewattananond 9 MC Wd 67 33 27
Joachim B Hansen 22 20 MC MC 29 56 27
Padraig Harrington MC 33 MC MC
Adri Arnaus MC 12 MC 60 38
Grant Forrest 63 34 MC 1 MC
Marcel Siem 15 34 7 12 21 56
Tom Lewis MC MC MC 16 MC 54 67
Wilco Nienaber 22 MC MC MC MC 64
Francesco Laporta 6 4 MC MC 32
Ryan Fox 15 63 MC 29 13 34 42
Jacques Kruyswijk 34 MC 1 MC 7 11 10
Jordan Smith 55 MC 9 23 3 47
Joost Luiten MC 35 18 12
Darren Fichardt 19 52 21 47
Maximilian Kieffer 15 75 27 21 45
Daniel Gavins 77 MC MC MC 38 1 9
Dave Horsey 19 30 27 MC 13 MC 2 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 67 20 MC MC 58
Renato Paratore MC MC MC 7 50 56 27
James Morrison MC MC 27 13 2 MC* 40
Tapio Pulkkanen 17 27 MC 2 25
Matthew Jordan MC 15 4 47 6 MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg 1 63 MC 52
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC 32 21 34 59
Connor Syme MC MC MC 32 18
Alexander Bjork 27 MC 13
Alexander Levy 35 34 32 2 38 26 52
Marc Warren MC MC MC MC MC MC* 47
Romain Langasque 22 MC MC MC 35
Wil Besseling MC 52 13 29 30 MC* 18
Nacho Elvira 57 MC 13 MC 22 1
Jonathan Caldwell MC 57 53 55 30 MC
Matthew Southgate 35 34 MC 44 33 MC
Jaco Ahlers MC 11 6 2
Maverick Antcliff 27 Wd 65 29 35 26 40
Ewen Ferguson 15 20 MC 2 5 25 MC
Darius Van Driel 4 MC MC 47 53 7
Victor Dubuisson Wd 27 MC
Shubhankar Sharma 27 9 12 50 9 16 30 32
Matthias Schmid 2 9 MC 11 MC 19 47
Edoardo Molinari 57 5 MC
Justin Walters 35 MC MC 40 8 MC
Chris Paisley MC MC MC MC 10
Joakim Lagergren MC 27 63 MC 17
Marcus Kinhult MC MC 47 64 68
Jeff Winther 71 MC 40 MC MC
Dale Whitnell 65 MC 13 68 11 MC
Neil Schietekat 17 35 MC 21 38
Richie Ramsay 57 MC MC 9 28 25
Scott Jamieson MC 8 47 MC MC
Pablo Larrazabal 35 8 Dq
Jack Senior 32 35 MC MC MC 22 MC
Ross Fisher 35 34 MC 55 56 MC
Nicolas Colsaerts MC MC 18 18
Mike Lorenzo-Vera MC MC MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 57 32 MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 3 MC 40 70 3 25
Rikard Karlberg 69 MC 53 MC
Eddie Pepperell Wd 46 MC 29 MC 22
Scott Hend MC 52 MC MC 56 MC 64
Bryden MacPherson 40 MC 21 MC MC 47
Ross McGowan 78 MC 4 23 67 MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Steven Brown 47 55 57 MC MC MC 47
David Law 38 14 MC MC MC 4 15 18
Robert Rock 45 MC MC MC MC 64
Matthieu Pavon MC MC MC MC MC
David Drysdale 27 49 MC MC 51 38 32 32
Oliver Farr 62 18 MC MC 30 11 14
Josh Geary 44 MC MC 7 45 58 MC MC MC MC
Gavin Green MC MC 24 32 MC MC 57
Paul Waring 45 62 MC MC
Martin Rohwer MC 56 45 MC 68
Nino Bertasio MC MC 62 29 MC
Sebastian Soderberg MC MC 40 17
Dimitrios Papadatos 56 66 MC 7 MC MC MC* MC
Louis De Jager 44 50 29 MC MC MC
Adilson Da Silva 3 12 MC 25 MC
Rhys Enoch 69 53 MC 13 72 MC MC
Ashley Chesters MC MC 24 40 13 48 15 18
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC MC MC
Sihwan Kim MC MC 23 29 10 MC* 10
Hao Tong Li MC MC MC
Thriston Lawrence MC MC 18 20
Aaron Cockerill 19 MC MC 17 MC MC
Luke Donald MC MC MC MC 16
Stephen Gallacher 25 MC MC 64 MC
Soren Kjeldsen MC MC 32 7 MC MC 18
Garrick Porteous MC MC MC MC 60 10 15
Yikeun Chang 12 MC 56 67 29 23
Dave Coupland MC 46 23 MC MC MC* MC
Joel Stalter Wd 67 MC MC 51 Wd MC
Michael Hoey 23 MC 25 2 31 44 MC 11
Lee Tae-Hee 21 Wd MC 23 47 MC
Julien Guerrier 38 MC 44 56 MC MC 40
Zander Lombard MC MC MC MC 60 MC
Travis Smyth
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC MC 12 MC MC 18
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC MC MC 40 MC MC
Mac Meissner
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 35 MC 67 35 10 32
Richard McEvoy MC MC 47 MC 23 39 32
Deyen Lawson MC MC MC Wd MC MC MC 32
Ricardo Santos 6 MC MC MC MC 63 MC 14
Cormac Sharvin 64 MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC MC 35 16 Wd MC
Julian Suri 63 46 56 60 MC MC* MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai MC MC MC MC MC MC 67
Robin Roussel 27 63 63 67 39
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC MC MC MC MC Wd MC
Oliver Wilson 67 MC 21 35 MC MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu 22 MC MC MC MC* MC
Berry Henson 50 MC 49 39 51 10 MC* MC
Chris Wood 32 MC MC MC MC 32
John Murphy 42 11 33 MC 10 34 MC MC
Andrea Pavan MC MC 53 70 MC
MJ Daffue 49 51
Denzel Ieremia
Ruan Conradie 5 MC 39 44 14
Brett Rankin
David Howell 57 Wd MC MC MC MC MC 57
Joe Long MC 47 MC MC 6 MC MC
Graeme Storm MC MC MC MC MC MC
Ben Schmidt 36 MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC MC MC MC MC
Paul Dunne MC Wd MC MC MC
Thomas Aiken MC Wd
Thomas Bjorn MC
Peter Hanson 32 MC
Javier Ballesteros
Toto Thimba MC MC MC MC
Russell Chrystie
Jack Dyer 21
Matty Lamb MC
Angus Flanagan 64 MC
Ben Jones
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Tony Finau 10 10
Billy Horschel
Tyrrell Hatton 15 2 1 1 MC MC
Tommy Fleetwood 5 2 25 15 13 2 5 55 5
Shane Lowry 15 MC 25 18 19 6 3 34 45 53
Victor Perez 1
Robert MacIntyre 26
Branden Grace MC 55 47 MC 30 25 59 1
Alex Noren 15 11 40 3 39 17
Min Woo Lee MC
Guido Migliozzi MC
Thomas Detry 23 48 MC
Santiago Tarrio
Richard Bland MC 47 18 MC 25 MC MC MC 29
Martin Kaymer MC MC 36 6 56 MC 7 34 30 1
Troy Merritt MC
Justin Harding MC MC MC
Laurie Canter MC 36 MC
Johannes Veerman 52
Antoine Rozner
Dean Burmester 34 MC MC MC
Jamie Donaldson MC MC MC Wd 13 26 MC 9 MC
Calum Hill 26
Sam Horsfield 34 MC
Thomas Pieters 60 50 MC 18
Andy Sullivan MC 10 MC 51 MC MC MC
John Catlin 40
Daniel Van Tonder 61 MC
Jason Scrivener MC 24 47 51
Brandon Stone MC 10 15 MC 42 MC
Marcus Armitage MC
George Coetzee MC MC 47 25 25 5 MC 61
Sean Crocker MC
Masahiro Kawamura MC
Kalle Samooja MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Adrian Meronk MC
Danny Willett 26 MC 52 MC MC 5 27 2
Adrian Otaegui MC MC MC MC 48 61
Callum Shinkwin 10 MC MC 38
Sami Valimaki
Jazz Janewattananond
Joachim B Hansen MC MC MC 55
Padraig Harrington 26 7 MC MC MC 18 40 29 8 17
Adri Arnaus MC
Grant Forrest 56 MC 41
Marcel Siem MC 15 62 11 MC MC 37
Tom Lewis 5 10 MC MC MC MC 3 MC 70
Wilco Nienaber MC
Francesco Laporta MC
Ryan Fox 54 24 MC MC
Jacques Kruyswijk MC MC MC
Jordan Smith 5 32 MC
Joost Luiten 40 36 MC MC MC 24 47 9 58
Darren Fichardt MC 48 67 MC MC 25 MC 29
Maximilian Kieffer MC MC MC MC 51 MC
Daniel Gavins
Dave Horsey 46 MC 36 11 9 MC 20 MC 58 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 31 MC MC MC MC 30 MC
Renato Paratore MC 32 MC 7 MC
James Morrison MC 56 25 38 13 MC MC 22 17 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 40 4
Matthew Jordan 5 32
Kristoffer Broberg MC 38 Ret MC MC
Jorge Campillo MC MC MC MC MC 40 MC
Connor Syme MC 15
Alexander Bjork Ret MC MC
Alexander Levy MC 32 7 MC MC 25 MC
Marc Warren MC 4 5 38 25 35 34 5 MC
Romain Langasque MC MC
Wil Besseling 46
Nacho Elvira MC 10 MC MC MC 32
Jonathan Caldwell
Matthew Southgate 2 MC MC MC
Jaco Ahlers MC MC 47 25 MC
Maverick Antcliff
Ewen Ferguson MC
Darius Van Driel
Victor Dubuisson 26 3 43 MC 5 27 MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Matthias Schmid
Edoardo Molinari MC 24 MC MC 61 22 MC
Justin Walters MC MC MC MC 30 MC 26
Chris Paisley MC 24 MC MC 12
Joakim Lagergren 3 MC 12 4 4
Marcus Kinhult 40 20
Jeff Winther MC
Dale Whitnell
Neil Schietekat MC MC
Richie Ramsay 10 MC Wd MC 2 33 MC 39 MC
Scott Jamieson 46 MC MC MC 33 MC 17 34 MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC 56 MC 25 MC 32 17 MC 58 MC
Jack Senior MC
Ross Fisher MC 32 2 2 MC 61 MC 22 64 11
Nicolas Colsaerts MC 10 25 31 57 9 MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 15 MC 56 31 MC
Benjamin Hebert 46 32 63 MC 4 MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 59 MC 41 43 51 24 34 53 48
Rikard Karlberg 58 MC 41 MC MC MC 68 MC
Eddie Pepperell 15 44 7 MC MC MC 26
Scott Hend MC MC MC MC MC MC
Bryden MacPherson
Ross McGowan MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia
Steven Brown MC MC MC
David Law MC
Robert Rock MC 20 4 31 MC 66 MC 61 MC MC
Matthieu Pavon 46 20 MC
David Drysdale MC MC 15 47 9 MC MC 15 MC MC
Oliver Farr MC MC
Josh Geary MC MC
Gavin Green MC MC
Paul Waring 3 MC MC MC MC 29 22
Martin Rohwer
Nino Bertasio MC MC 15 MC
Sebastian Soderberg 34
Dimitrios Papadatos MC MC MC
Louis De Jager MC MC MC
Adilson Da Silva 29
Rhys Enoch
Ashley Chesters MC 44 36 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 50 1 58 MC 2 45
Sihwan Kim MC MC
Hao Tong Li 23 5
Thriston Lawrence MC MC
Aaron Cockerill
Luke Donald 10 MC 7 MC 9
Stephen Gallacher MC 10 12 38 19 32 MC 5 MC 17
Soren Kjeldsen MC 48 7 9 MC 26 63 MC MC
Garrick Porteous 72
Yikeun Chang MC
Dave Coupland
Joel Stalter MC
Michael Hoey MC MC MC 32 26 MC Won MC
Lee Tae-Hee
Julien Guerrier 56 32
Zander Lombard 26 MC MC
Travis Smyth
Oliver Fisher 40 32 7 MC 33 51 MC 15 MC MC
Lorenzo Gagli MC 34 21
Mac Meissner
Lucas Bjerregaard 23 1 MC MC MC 32
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC 26 MC MC 8
Deyen Lawson 28
Ricardo Santos MC MC MC
Cormac Sharvin MC
Alvaro Quiros 58 MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 68 5
Julian Suri MC MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Robin Roussel
Haydn Porteous MC MC 15 MC MC MC
Oliver Wilson 34 MC MC 1 59 34 21 MC
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC
Berry Henson MC
Chris Wood MC MC 4 9 7 15 MC MC
John Murphy
Andrea Pavan 10 5 MC MC
MJ Daffue
Denzel Ieremia
Ruan Conradie
Brett Rankin
David Howell MC MC MC Ret MC 14 1 34 MC 8
Joe Long
Graeme Storm 36 25 33 61 35 15 MC 37
Ben Schmidt
Raphael Jacquelin 60 MC 47 MC MC 18 MC 5 MC 48
Paul Dunne MC MC 7 25 19
Thomas Aiken MC MC MC 66 MC 22 30 22
Thomas Bjorn MC MC MC MC MC 11
Peter Hanson 10 25 41 13 34 9 MC
Javier Ballesteros
Toto Thimba
Russell Chrystie
Jack Dyer
Matty Lamb
Angus Flanagan
Ben Jones

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