Hollywood stars tee it off at carnoustie

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European Tour golf returns to Carnoustie this weekend as the stars of sport and screen compete for the Dunhill Links Championship.

Some of Europe’s Ryder Cup side have the opportunity to bounce back from the disappointment of defeat at the event.

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At Hazeltine last week Rafa Cabrera Bello, Thomas Pieters, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Danny Willett and Matthew Fitzpatrick were amongst the European side beaten by the USA 17-11.

Sportsmen often talk about wanting to get straight back out and compete again straight after a defeat, and that group have the chance to do just that at Carnoustie, St Andrews and Kingsbarns over the next few days.

Lifting the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title on Sunday afternoon would at least go some way to easing the bitter pain of the Ryder Cup loss.

Those players, of course, are only part of the attraction of the Dunhill.

The event incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for 168 of the world’s leading golfers and a team championship, in which each professional is paired with one of 168 amateurs, played over the three courses.

Thorbjørn Olesen is aiming to become the first player to successfully defend the title.

The draw for the championship has thrown up some fascinating pairings.

Last year’s team championship winner, former footballer Michael Ballack, partners Swedish pro Niclas Fasth.

At Carnoustie David Howell plays with Hugh Grant and Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston with Jim Crane. Tyrrell Hatton is partnered with 50 Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan.