EUROPE’S Ryder Cup heroes Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson will get a rousing reception this week when they return to European soil to compete in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course at St Andrews.
The European trio will be back on the more familiar footing of The Race to Dubai after what the (European) locals are calling “the Miracle of Medinah”.
Also on hand from what was a truly stunning Ryder Cup will be Europe’s Vice Captains Thomas Björn, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jiménez and Paul McGinley.
From the losing side popular American big hitter Dustin Johnson will no doubt garner some sympathy from the Scottish crowds.
The US$5million tournament incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and a team event in which the professionals are paired with some of the most celebrated amateur golfers.
The very strong line-up includes current British Open Champion Ernie Els, 2012 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel and fellow Major winners Rich Beem, Michael Campbell , Padraig Harrington and Shaun Micheel.
There’s also a substantial Aussie contingent including Peter O’Malley, Matthew Griffin, Richard Green, Andrew Dodt, Kieran Pratt, Matthew Zions, David Gleeson, Adam Crawford, Rohan Blizard, Ryan Haller, Brett Rumford, Terry Pilkadaris, Nick Cullen and Ashley Hall.
The 2012 Dunhill Links Championship is being telecast in Australia on Fox Sports beginning Thursday 10.30pm to 2.30am.
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