Andy Garcia and Hugh Grant head for Alfred Dunhill Links

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Hollywood stars Andy Garcia and Hugh Grant are among a group of celebrities headed for next week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.

The amateurs will be joined by 12 major champions, including Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Retief Goosen, Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington and Vijay Singh.

Singer Huey Lewis said: "It is the amateur equivalent of the Open - wonderful courses, great format.

"It's my favourite tournament. I love the banter with the galleries."

Fellow musician Don Felder, from The Eagles, will also take part, as will Riverdance star Michael Flatley and actors Kyle MacLachlan, of Desperate Housewives and Twin Peaks fame, James Nesbitt and Luke Wilson.

Defending champion Branden Grace will also be returning to St Andrews, hoping to become the first golfer to win back-to-back Alfred Dunhill Links titles.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over three courses - the Old Course at St Andrews, the Championship Course at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns Golf Links.

It incorporates two separate competitions - an individual professional tournament for the world's leading golfers and a team event in which the professionals are paired with celebrity amateur golfers.

Garcia, whose credits include The Untouchables and Desperate Measures, said: "I love the place, the people and the atmosphere.

"It's a great privilege and I am looking forward to an excellent week on some of the greatest links courses in the world. Hoping the links won't accentuate my kinks."

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