Rory McIlroy Confirms Dunhill Links Start

The Northern Irishman is set to team up with his father Gerry once again

Rory McIlroy will be in the field at the 2022 Alfred Dunhill Links tournament, partnering his father Gerry in the team event
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Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will be playing the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland at the end of September.

The World No.3 has not played in the event since 2019, when he almost won the team element in partnership with his father Gerry. The two will team up again, while Rory will almost certainly start as favourite in the professional event, held across three courses - St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

“I’m really looking forward to playing,” said Rory, who announced plans to return to Scotland just a month after coming so close to winning the Open Championship at St Andrews. “It’s one of the most long-standing events on the DP World Tour and one I really enjoy, especially when I partner with my Dad. I’ll be taking the team championship just as seriously as the professional event and it would be a special experience if we could win together.”

The McIlroys were beaten by Tommy Fleetwood and amateur partner Ogden Phipps on a countback three years ago, with both teams finishing on 39-under-par. Rory had another near miss in Scotland at this year’s Open, finishing in third place, two shots behind winner Cameron Smith.

Rory had already committed to heading back to the UK after the FedEx Cup finishes, having confirmed he will tee it up at the BMW Championship at Wentworth in early September. He has fond memories of the Alfred Dunhill Links, having won his European Tour card at the event as an 18-year-old in 2007 with his third-place finish.

Jeff Kimber
Freelance Staff Writer

Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!