Luis Figo, Kevin Pietersen and Jamie Redknapp hit the course along with host of celebs for first day of Alfred Dunhill Championship

THE Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship returned to St Andrews today showcasing its distinctive mixture of European Tour Golf and movie star sightings.

Musicians, actors and sporting legends share the course with the world's greatest golfers in the seventy two-gap event performed on St Andrews Previous Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

 Former football player Jamie Rednapp is among the celebs at the tournament

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Former soccer participant Jamie Rednapp is amongst the celebs at the event
 Singer and actor Huey Lewis teed up at Carnoustie

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Singer and actor Huey Lewis teed up at Carnoustie
 Wladimir Klitschko is enjoying his retirement on The Old Course

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Wladimir Klitschko is having fun with his retirement on The Previous Course

Heading the star studded occasion are three sporting knights, Sir Ian Botham, Sir Anthony (A.P) McCoy and Sir Steve Redgrave.

Additionally in motion are ex-footballers Jamie Rednapp who teamed up with professional associate Luke Donald, and Luis Figo who teed up alongside his compatriot Ricardo Gouveia.

Cricketers are additionally nicely-represented with Shane Warne, Kevin Pietersen, Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis and Mark Nicholas out on the three programs at St Andrews.

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko appears to be having fun with his retirement from boxing, the passionate golfer is making his second look at the event.

 Sir Ian Botham has played in all 17 of the Alfred Dunhill Links Links Championships

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Sir Ian Botham has performed in all 17 of the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Hyperlinks Championships
 Sir Steve Redgrave is also making his 17th appearance at the tournament

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Sir Steve Redgrave can also be making his seventeenth look at the event
 Brian ODriscoll joined was one of many former rugby stars on the course

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Brian ODriscoll joined was one of many former rugby stars on the course

Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton reunited with actor Jamie Dornan after the pair teamed up final yr when the Englishman gained his first European Tour title.

Hatton will look to turn into the first participant to win the Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship in successive years.

Hoping to cease him is Rory McIlroy who returns to the championship after a two-yr hiatus alongside his dad, Gerry, who’s celebrating his birthday on the opening day of the event.

The Northern Irishman has struggled this yr whereas battling a rib damage and will want a win this week to keep away from his first winless season in 4 years.

 Rory McIlroy shared around with his dad Gerry on his birthday

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Rory McIlroy shared round with his dad Gerry on his birthday
 Cricketer Kevin Pietersen made a return to the tournament

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Cricketer Kevin Pietersen made a return to the event
 Portuguese football legend Luis Figo also returned to St Andrews

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Portuguese soccer legend Luis Figo additionally returned to St Andrews

Amongst the showbiz stars are musicians Ronan Keating, Brian McFadden, Mike Rutherford and Huey Lewis in addition to actors Jamie Dornan, Matthew Goode, Greg Kinnear and Kelly Rohrbach.

THE Alfred Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship returned to St Andrews today showcasing its distinctive mixture of European Tour Golf and movie star sightings.