Two of Scotland’s exciting young amateurs will rub shoulders with famous faces at this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Peebles’ Darren Howie, the Boys’ Order of Merit winner this season, has secured an invitation to the event, along with Scottish Boys’ champion Greg Dalziel (Airdrie).
The Boys’ internationalists tee up in the star-studded event from Thursday, played over the Old Course, St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
Howie has been paired with Englishman Marcus Armitage in the am-pro format, with Dalziel playing alongside Pep Angles from Spain.
Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton will be delighted he has once again been paired with actor Jamie Dornan. After his victory in the individual competition last year, Hatton praised Dornan for the support he received.
He said: “I was relaxed all week and I certainly think that the format of the tournament, playing with Jamie and having fun all four days, really helped.”
Two of the most successful pairings in the Team Championship have been drawn together again – Padraig Harrington & J.P.McManus, who won in 2002 and 2006, and Robert Karlsson & Dermot Desmond, victors in 2008.
One of the most popular teams for the galleries to follow will be World No.6 Rory McIlroy and his father Gerry, who last played together in 2014 during which Gerry celebrated his 55th birthday.
The draw has thrown up some other fascinating pairings: Lee Westwood plays with music star Ronan Keating; Robert Rock is reunited with Westlife singer Brian McFadden; former World No.1 Luke Donald partners Jamie Redknapp; and Graeme McDowell joins Sir Anthony (A.P.) McCoy.
Senior Women’s Home Internationals
Follow Scotland’s progress at this week’s Senior Women’s Home Internationals (3 – 5 October).
The Scots are competing at Newport in Wales, but went down 6 -2 to Ireland on day one.