Monday 26 June 2017

Ryder heroes ready for Dunhill test

Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy will be playing in Kingsbarns tomorrow. Photo: Getty Images
Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy will be playing in Kingsbarns tomorrow. Photo: Getty Images

Kingsbarns is the place to be tomorrow if you want to salute Europe's Ryder Cup heroes.

Nine of the team, plus captain Colin Montgomerie and assistants Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke, all play their first round of the Dunhill Links Championship at the course just down the coast from St Andrews.



In the pro-am format, Montgomerie is playing with his brother Douglas and match-winning hero Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy with their fathers Kenny and Gerry.



Brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari play in the same fourball - Edoardo's amateur partner is Gianfranco Zola - and Celtic Manor partners Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher are put back together.



Lee Westwood, who needs a top-two finish to replace Tiger Woods as world number one, plays alongside stablemate McIlroy and has tournament chairman Johann Rupert as his partner.



The only members of the side not in the event are Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Miguel Angel Jimenez.



St Andrews and Carnoustie are the other two courses being used again, with Sunday's final round taking place at the Home of Golf.



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