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Teeing off with stars

Calcutta: Hollywood stars Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia will join a world-class field of professionals, led by three of this year’s Major winners Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, starting Thursday.

Douglas, who has starred in a succession of blockbusters, has also won three Golden Globes and two Oscars.

He said: “I am delighted to be coming back to St Andrews to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“It’s been a few years since I played! I love the place and the atmosphere and I have missed it a lot,” Douglas said in a media release.

“It has been an eventful time for me recently, but I am feeling good and looking forward to an excellent week on some of the greatest links courses in the world.”

A quartet of Britain’s sporting knights Ian Botham, Bobby Charlton, Matthew Pinsent and Steve Redgrave lead a locker room full of sporting heroes, including Dutch football legends Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit, former England player Jamie Redknapp and Scottish defender Alan Hansen.

A strong team of cricketers will be teeing up for the Championship. In addition to Sir Ian, there will be current England captain Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan , Allan Lamb, Mark Nicholas, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne.

In addition to Darren Clarke, who won an emotional Open Championship at the age of 42 in July, fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, runaway winner of the US Open, and US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel from South Africa will also take part.

The line-up also includes world No. 1 and No. 2, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, world No. 6 Dustin Johnson and Major winners Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen.

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