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Schoolboy in Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Alasdair McDougall
Image caption Alasdair McDougall said the event was a "fantastic opportunity" for him

A Fife teenager is to take part in one of the world's biggest golf tournaments.

Alasdair McDougall, 14, is to join Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood at this year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

McDougall, from Drumoig, was drafted in from the standby list after the withdrawal of former South African rugby player Morne du Plessis.

He won the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association Order of Merit this year.

He will tee off on the Old Course later in the same group as St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association honorary president Paul Lawrie and partnering Dutch professional Joost Luiten.

Alasdair said: "It is a fantastic opportunity for me. I love playing golf and the chance to play in the same event as some of my heroes is just unbelievable.

"The Dunhill is a great event and it doesn't get any better than playing in a championship on the Old Course. It will be a little nerve-wracking but I am really looking forward to it."

Leading golfers

Alasdair was born in Carlisle but moved to Drumoig with his family six years ago.

Earlier this year he represented Scotland in the under-16 quadrangular internationals playing against Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy and Wales.

The tournament has a prize fund of $5m (£3,204,790) and involves two separate competitions, an individual professional tournament for the world's leading golfers and a team event in which they are paired with some of the most celebrated amateurs.

Film stars Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia and Hugh Grant are also expected to attend, as well as Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Matthew Pinsent, Sir Steve Redgrave, Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit.

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