Golf's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship won't be taking place this autumn

This year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Fife and Tayside will not be held this autumn amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It was due to be held between October 1st and 4th at the Old Course in the town, as well as at the Championship course at Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

Had it went ahead, the tournament would have celebrated its 20th year.

The 20th Anniversary Championship will now take place next year between September 30th and October 3rd.

Tournament organisers don't want to undermine the Scottish Government's efforts made in its response to Covid-19.

A spokesperson for the Championship Committee said: "This is a real disappointment for ourselves and for all golf lovers, especially those that appreciate links golf.

"Alfred Dunhill has been supporting golf at the Home of Golf and in Scotland for 35 years, initially with the Alfred Dunhill Cup and for the past 19 years with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

"We commend the Scottish Government in their resolute response to the pandemic.

"We do not wish to undermine their efforts or cause any undue risk to the communities that normally host us.

"Given the international nature of the event and in particular our large amateur field we felt that this was the prudent decision to take.  

"The size and complexity of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played over three courses with 168 professionals and 168 amateurs, makes it very difficult to stage safely within the current guidelines given the uncertainties we are all facing.

"Regrettably, therefore, we have decided to postpone the 20th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to 2021, but very much look forward to returning next year.

"We have been working closely with the Scottish authorities and the European Tour to continue the event while mitigating against the pandemic, and we are very grateful for all their support.

"We would especially like to thank the staff of the three magnificent golf courses on which we normally stage the event and the surrounding communities who always make us so welcome.

"We applaud the efforts of the European Tour in getting normal professional tournament golf up and running again and look forward to a full resumption in due course."

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