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 Links Championship returned to St Andrews today showcasing its unique combination of European Tour Golf and celebrity sightings.

Musicians, actors and sporting legends share the course with the world’s best golfers in the 72-hole tournament played on St Andrews Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

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

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Singer and actor Huey Lewis teed up at Carnoustie

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Wladimir Klitschko is enjoying his retirement on The Old Course

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

Also in action are ex-footballers Jamie Rednapp who teamed up with pro partner Luke Donald, and Luis Figo who teed up alongside his compatriot Ricardo Gouveia.

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

Former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko seems to be enjoying his retirement from boxing, the passionate golfer is making his second appearance at the tournament.

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

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Sir Steve Redgrave is also making his 17th appearance at the tournament

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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 last year when the Englishman won his first European Tour title.

Hatton will look to become the first player to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in successive years.

Hoping to stop him is Rory McIlroy who returns to the championship after a two-year hiatus alongside his dad, Gerry, who is celebrating his birthday on the opening day of the tournament.

The Northern Irishman has struggled this year while battling a rib injury and will need a win this week to avoid his first winless season in four years.

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Rory McIlroy shared around with his dad Gerry on his birthday

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Cricketer Kevin Pietersen made a return to the tournament

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Portuguese football legend Luis Figo also returned to St Andrews

Among the showbiz stars are musicians Ronan Keating, Brian McFadden, Mike Rutherford and Huey Lewis as well as actors Jamie Dornan, Matthew Goode, Greg Kinnear and Kelly Rohrbach.

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