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European Tour: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Is An Incredibly Unique Event

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

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One of the more interesting golf tournaments of the year started today on the European Tour. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played across three Scottish golf courses and plays hosts to some of the biggest names in the sport – and it’s also a pro-am event. While many of the players who took part in the FedEx Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour are taking the week off to recuperate – both mentally and physically – the field is still packed with talent looking to conquer three extraordinarily difficult golf courses.

The three courses that play host to this event – St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarn Golf Links – are among the most famous and revered golf courses in the world. It’s a pretty incredible feat to have them all involved in one tournament. When the cut is made at the conclusion of the third round, the remaining golfers will compete in the final round, played exclusively at St. Andrews. The top 60 professionals and 20 amateurs will make the cut and battle it out in the final round.

Branden Grace burst onto the scene with his victory at this championship last year when he secured a two-shot victory of Thorbjorn Olesen. Despite the fact that neither is considered a favorite this week, both men have gone on to have fairly productive 2013 seasons.

The pro-am portion of the event features some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment from around the world. Last year, one of the most incredible moments of the tournament came when Michael Phelps holed a 153-foot putt during his Friday round at Kingsbarn.

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Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.