Sir Ian Botham and Sir Steve Redgrave were almost unstoppable in their sports careers and both are showing the same characteristics as amateur golfers in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Former England Test cricket legend Botham and five-time Olympic gold medal rower Redgrave will be 15 not out when they tee up in the prestigious tournament at St Andrews next month, having been ever-presents since the first staging of the event in its current format in 2001.

In addition to a strong team of sporting legends, the field includes stars of entertainment such as Hollywood actor Hugh Grant and rock music giants Ronan Keating and Don Felder of the Eagles, who wrote Hotel California.

Making their debut this year are former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen and record-breaking jump jockey A.P.McCoy.

Returning to St Andrews are Ireland rugby star Brian O’Driscoll, footballers Michael Ballack of Germany, Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit of Holland and Luis Figo of Portugal, Australian Test cricketer Shane Warne, World Cup skier Franz Klammer and popular Wimbledon hero Tim Henman.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which takes place from October 1-4, celebrates links golf at its finest and is played over three of the world’s best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links.

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