Alfred Dunhill Links Championship final round to be played as a shotgun start
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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship final round to be played as a shotgun start

Sunrise hits the famed Road Hole green and finishing hole on the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland (Photo by Brian Oar /

The 2018 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship will conclude on Sunday in a rare -- perhaps unprecedented -- shotgun start at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

With 40 mph winds in the forecast at the Home of Golf, the pro-am tournament will be contested with groups on every hole to clock around the course and hopefully get the round completed throughout potential weather stoppages and delays. The shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m. local time, or 3:30 a.m. Eastern time in the United States.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is the only pro-am format tournament on the European Tour. The tournament starts with a 168-player field of professionals and 168 amateur partners with each pro. They play in foursomes over the first three days, with each team playing one round at the Old Course, Carnoustie Golf Club and Kingsbarns Golf Links. At the conclusion of the first three rounds, a cut is made to the top 60 and ties, with the top 20 teams on the pro-am leaderboard also getting in the final round.

With that kind of crowded final field for Sunday, the European Tour wanted to make sure the players could get moving and not have to be concerned with the prospect of the wind being so fierce the round would barely get started with players off the first tee, or even a two-tee start.

Sunday will mark the fourth shotgun start in European Tour history, following the final round of the 1994 Czech Open and the third and final rounds of the 2015 Portugal Masters.

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