St. Andrews - Richard Sterne heads into this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
buoyed by his second-place finish in this event last year and determined to
realise a longstanding dream at 'The Home of Golf'.
always been a dream of mine to walk up the 18th at St Andrews
winning either this or The Open. I came close here last year in this event.
It'd be nice to have a chance again come Sunday," said Sterne.
has a solid record in one of the premier tournaments on the European Tour,
having twice finished sixth as well as his runner-up last year.
"The camaraderie here is better than any event I've
played. I love it," he said.
And he declared his troublesome back to be in good
shape as well.
"My body is good. It's not 100%, but it's not stopping
me from playing. I was out at the beginning of the year for four months with
injuries, but touch wood it's all good now."
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played on the three links courses of the
Old Course, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie and in a pro-am format featuring an array
of sports stars and celebrities alongside the professionals.
year's stellar field includes Rory McIlroy - who has finished second here three times -
Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer, Branden Grace and Lee Westwood.
amateur field includes cricketers Kevin Pietersen, Mark Boucher, Shane Warne
and Jacques Kallis; former heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko;
footballer Luis Figo; rock stars Ronan Keating, Brian McFadden, Tico Torres,
David Farrell, Tom Chaplin, Huey Lewis and Mike Rutherford; and actors Jamie
Dornan, Matthew Goode and Greg Kinnear.