Calcutta: Oscar Pistorius, one of the heroes of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, joins a world-class field of golf professionals, including no fewer than 10 Major Championship winners, for the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, at St Andrews, beginning on Thursday.
South African Pistorius, dubbed the Blade Runner, became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games and also won two gold and a silver medal in the Paralympic Games.
The Blade Runner, who plays off 18 handicap, said: “It's a real treat to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. I am a big golf fan and love the game. I have never played St Andrews, Carnoustie or Kingsbarns before, so playing them in a world-class event is a unique opportunity. There is so much history at St Andrews, every golfer longs to play there.
“As a South African it will be lots of fun to be playing in a tournament with other great names of the sport from my country in Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. I can’t wait to get on the first tee. When the invitation came to play, not even a holiday was going to stop me.”