Celeb watch at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

As the Alfred Dunhill Links tees off today, Planet Sport takes a look at which celebrities will be making an appearance as they pair with the pros.

After the tournament fell victim to the pandemic last year, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is back!

Played over three great links courses, including St. Andrews, this fun tournament is one of the most anticipated events on the golfing calendar.

While the pros such as Tommy FleetwoodShane Lowry and Tyrrell Hatton battle it out for glory, the glitz and glamour provided by their star-studded amateur partners give this event its unique appeal.

Only the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship can bring together one of the finest horse racing jockeys there's ever been and Ukraine's all-time record goal scorer.

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Sir Tony McCoy is partnered with Scotsman Calum Hill while Andriy Shevchenko plays with Italian Lorenzo Gagli.

The former Chelsea and AC Milan striker will also be joined by fellow Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko as the two make their debuts in the event.

Joe Root, England's most successful Test team captain, will be joined by former skipper Michael Vaughan. The latter scored a hole-in-one at Kingsbarns yesterday - not a bad place to drain your first ever ace!

All will be trying to play some eye-catching golf, but will anyone equal this from swimming legend Michael Phelps, surely the greatest moment ever by a celeb in the event.

An absolute monster of a putt by the most successful and decorated Olympian of all time.

The list of sporting greats doesn't stop there. Former Aussie spin legend, Shane Warne, will be making the trip to Scotland to play in what he describes as "the best week on the planet".

Lord Ian Botham is another cricket legend teeing it up at the Dunhill Links this week. This year will be his 19th appearance, having only missed one in 2018.

He's had some interesting choices of dresswear over the years!…

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has been a regular at the event. He's been preparing for the big week as he plays with his pal and former World No.1, Luke Donald.

Another former professional footballer who will be starring is Ruud Gullit. The Dutch sensation will be making his 17th appearance and pegs it up alongside fellow countryman, Wil Besseling.

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Another bit of magic that many pros, never mind amateurs, will try to emulate this week is an eagle at the iconic 18th hole at St. Andrews.

A two on the par four is rare, but not for Fifty Shades of Grey actor, Jamie Dornan, who grew up in the same hometown as Rory McIlroy.

In 2015, he drained his second shot for eagle at the Old Course's famous closer. One to tell the grandchildren about.

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There's no doubt that the pros will be playing some scintillating golf but the celebs can write their name into Dunhill Links history by providing something magical too.

Playing at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St. Andrews is always a thrill. And there'll be plenty of laughs along the way as they try to navigate some of golf's greatest courses.

READ MORE: Can Tyrrell Hatton shake off Ryder Cup defeat and win a third Alfred Dunhill Links Championship?

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