Alfred Dunhill Links Championship 2013: Day 1 Schedule, Tee Times and More
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the most unique golf tournaments of the year. The European Tour event is held across three different courses in Scotland and attracts many of the sport's high-profile players.
As if that wasn't enough, it's also a pro-am tournament, which means the professionals are attempting to win both the individual title and the pro-am title. For a complete look at all of the teams, check out the championship's official site.
South African Branden Grace returns to defend his victory from last season and is joined by players from around the globe. They will have matching tee times at each of the three courses for the first three rounds and then a cut is made before the final round at St Andrews.
With all that in mind, let's check out the complete list of start times for the opening round and take a quick glance at each set of players. But first, a look at the long-distance putt holed by American Olympian Michael Phelps at the event last year:
Day 1 Schedule
All times are BST (subtract five hours for EDT). Schedule courtesy of the European Tour.
St Andrews Tee Times
|9 a.m. (1)||Jose Maria Olazabal||Thomas Levet|
|9 a.m. (10)||Jean-Baptiste Gonnet||George Murray|
|9:11 a.m. (1)||Alex Noren||Mikael Lundberg|
|9:11 a.m. (10)||Alexandre Kaleka||Mark Tullo|
|9:22 a.m. (1)||Anders Hansen||Maarten Lafeber|
|9:22 a.m. (10)||Robert Coles||JB Hansen|
|9:33 a.m. (1)||Simon Wakefield||Morten Orum Madsen|
|9:33 a.m. (10)||Trevor Fisher Jr.||Joel Sjoholm|
|9:44 a.m. (1)||Mike Miller||Ricardo Santos|
|9:44 a.m. (10)||Richard McEvoy||James Morrison|
|9:55 a.m. (1)||Niclas Fasth||Craig Lee|
|9:55 a.m. (10)||David Drysdale||Paul Waring|
|10:06 a.m. (1)||Peter O'Malley||Lee Slattery|
|10:06 a.m. (10)||Gaganjeet Bhullar||Steven Jones|
|10:17 a.m. (1)||Richard Finch||David Horsey|
|10:17 a.m. (10)||Jason Norris||Magnus Carlsson|
|10:28 a.m. (1)||Marc Warren||Alvaro Quiros|
|10:28 a.m. (10)||Christian Cevaer||Johan Edfors|
|10:39 a.m. (1)||Jaco Van Zyl||Scott Henry|
|10:39 a.m. (10)||Ricardo Gonzalez||Jorge Campillo|
|10:50 a.m. (1)||Thorbjorn Olesen||Soren Hansen|
|10:50 a.m. (10)||Emiliano Grillo||Fabrizio Zanotti|
|11:01 a.m. (1)||Tommy Fleetwood||Justin Thomas|
|11:01 a.m. (10)||David Duval||Peter Whiteford|
|11:12 a.m. (1)||Jesper Parnevik||Felipe Aguilar|
|11:12 a.m. (10)||Romain Wattel||Gregory Bourdy|
|11:23 a.m. (1)||Alessandro Tadini||Pablo Larrazabal|
|11:23 a.m. (10)||Rikard Karlberg||Simon Khan|
The group that will begin the tournament at the Old Course features a solid contingent of veteran players who enjoyed past success. It's highlighted by the likes of Jesper Parnevik, Jose Maria Olazabal and David Duval, among others.
But there's also a younger bunch capable of stealing the spotlight, including Thorbjorn Olesen and JB Hansen. Also keep an eye on Alvaro Quiros, a player with no shortage of power who's capable of putting it all together any given week.
Carnoustie Tee Times
|9 a.m. (1)||Darren Clarke||Shaun Micheel|
|9 a.m. (10)||Bjorn Akesson||Martin Wiegele|
|9:11 a.m. (1)||Oliver Fisher||Jamie Donaldson|
|9:11 a.m. (10)||Bernd Wiesberger||Jose Manuel Lara|
|9:22 a.m. (1)||Ernie Els||Charl Schwartzel|
|9:22 a.m. (10)||Nick Dougherty||Richard Bland|
|9:33 a.m. (1)||Louis Oosthuizen||Richard Sterne|
|9:33 a.m. (10)||Seve Benson||Doug McGuigan|
|9:44 a.m. (1)||Peter Uihlein||Darren Fichardt|
|9:44 a.m. (10)||Sam Little||Chris Paisley|
|9:55 a.m. (1)||Paul Casey||Retief Goosen|
|9:55 a.m. (10)||Peter Lawrie||Anthony Brown|
|10:06 a.m. (1)||Padraig Harrington||Martin Kaymer|
|10:06 a.m. (10)||Julien Quesne||Alexander Levy|
|10:17 a.m. (1)||Rafa Cabrera-Bello||Vijay Singh|
|10:17 a.m. (10)||Scott Hend||Marcus Fraser|
|10:28 a.m. (1)||Branden Grace||James Kingston|
|10:28 a.m. (10)||Gregory Havret||Damien McGrane|
|10:39 a.m. (1)||Andrew Dodt||Thomas Aiken|
|10:39 a.m. (10)||Michael Hoey||Phillip Price|
|10:50 a.m. (1)||Jeev Milkha Singh||Stephen Gallacher|
|10:50 a.m. (10)||Gareth Paddison||Daniel Popovic|
|11:01 a.m. (1)||Rich Beem||Paul Lawrie|
|11:01 a.m. (10)||Andy Sullivan||Matthew Nixon|
|11:12 a.m. (1)||Paul McGinley||David Howell|
|11:12 a.m. (10)||Oliver Bekker||Andreas Harto|
|11:23 a.m. (1)||David Lynn||Joost Luiten|
|11:23 a.m. (10)||Chris Doak||Fredrik Andersson Hed|
Which starting course will produce the winner?
The most star-studded group of the trio is heading for Carnoustie in the opening round. There are some terrific pairings, led by Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel as well as Martin Kaymer and Padraig Harrington, a two-time winner of the event.
Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Darren Clarke and Grace, the defending champ, are among the other big names starting their journey at Carnoustie. It certainly wouldn't come as a surprise if the eventual winner comes from this set of stars.
Kingsbarns Tee Times
|9 a.m. (1)||Gary Lockerbie||Max Orrin|
|9 a.m. (10)||Mark Foster||Eddie Pepperell|
|9:11 a.m. (1)||Matthew Baldwin||Peter Wilson|
|9:11 a.m. (10)||Lorenzo Gagli||Matthew Millar|
|9:22 a.m. (1)||Richie Ramsay||Gareth Maybin|
|9:22 a.m. (10)||Oliver Wilson||Michael Campbell|
|9:33 a.m. (1)||Eduardo De La Riva||Tom Lewis|
|9:33 a.m. (10)||Brett Rumford||Brandon Stone|
|9:44 a.m. (1)||Alejandro Canizares||Raphael Jacquelin|
|9:44 a.m. (10)||Ross Fisher||Mark Brown|
|9:55 a.m. (1)||Ken Duke||Ignacio Garrido|
|9:55 a.m. (10)||Mikko Ilonen||Garth Mulroy|
|10:06 a.m. (1)||Simon Thornton||Shane Lowry|
|10:06 a.m. (10)||Jake Roos||Chris Lloyd|
|10:17 a.m. (1)||Richard Green||David Higgins|
|10:17 a.m. (10)||Neil Raymond||Maximilian Kieffer|
|10:28 a.m. (1)||Steve Webster||Thongchai Jaidee|
|10:28 a.m. (10)||Matteo Delpodio||Simon Dyson|
|10:39 a.m. (1)||Haydn Porteous||Hennie Otto|
|10:39 a.m. (10)||Robert Rock||Chris Wood|
|10:50 a.m. (1)||Espen Kofstad||Kristoffer Broberg|
|10:50 a.m. (10)||Soren Kjeldsen||Greg Chalmers|
|11:01 a.m. (1)||Anthony Wall||Robert-Jan Derksen|
|11:01 a.m. (10)||Brooks Koepka||Tjaart Van Der Walt|
|11:12 a.m. (1)||Graeme Storm||John Parry|
|11:12 a.m. (10)||Justin Walters||Keith Horne|
|11:23 a.m. (1)||Rhys Davies||Danny Willett|
|11:23 a.m. (10)||Scott Jamieson||S.S.P. Chowrasia|
This would probably be considered the sleeper bunch. Not nearly as much star power as the other two starting locations, but some players capable of stealing the spotlight. The unique atmosphere definitely leaves the door open for a surprise winner.
A few players to keep on the radar are Ross Fisher, Robert Rock and Chris Wood. Kingsbarns is the shortest of the three courses, so perhaps one of them could get off to a strong start and build some momentum heading toward the weekend.
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