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Monday, 30 September 2019
Justin Rose and Justin Timberlake  (Getty Images)
Justin Rose and Justin Timberlake (Getty Images)

The stars came out to shine over an enthralling week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Victor Perez overcame Matthew Southgate in a final-day duel over the Old Course at St Andrews to win the tournament, while Tommy Fleetwood and  businessman Ogden Phipps took the team honours in an event that included the likes of Justin Timberlake,  Bill Murray and Sir Steve Redgrave.

Here is everything you need to know from the event.

Victor's victorious

It was a home success of sorts as the Dundee-based Frenchman used all the links expertise he has gathered in his 18 months living on Scotland's east coast to finish one shot clear of England's Southgate. The duo were tied at the top heading into the final day and they were still locked together on the 17th tee in a two horse race that ebbed and flowed throughout the afternoon. A Southgate bogey on the penultimate hole handed Perez the initiative and the Englishman signed for a 71 to finish a shot back on the course where he had won the St Andrews Links Trophy as an amateur nine years previously.

Father and son duos take the stage

If you can't partner the likes of Timberlake, Murray or Redgrave, why not play with your dad? Ryder Cup-winning trio Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Martin Kaymer enjoyed rounds of golf at three stunning courses while playing with their fathers. It was Rory and Gerry McIlroy that impressed the most as they finished second in the team tournament.

Fleetwood and Phipps clinch team tournament

The McIlroys ended with a score of 39 under par - the same as the champions. What won it for Fleetwood and his partner Phipps was the former's score of 19 under in the solo tournament - four strokes better than McIlroy junior.

Justins in sync
Justin Rose turned in 28 at Kingsbarns on day two to set the tongues wagging in the galleries that something truly special was on the horizon. A double bogey on the 11th ended his hopes of a 59 - but his playing partner stepped up on the same hole to record a par to keep them right in the mix of the team tournament. It turns out you can add 'playing golf' to the list of things Justin Timberlake is good at.

Donald and Redknapp in a league of their own
Luke Donald and footballer turned pundit Jamie Redknapp combined for a quite remarkable 57 in the third round of the team betterball. The next lowest combined score across the four rounds was 60. The two are good friends and the chemistry showed as they combined for nine birdies and three eagles at the Old Course at St Andrews, the highlight being this beauty on the last.

Another ace for Westwood

In 547 events on the European Tour, Lee Westwood had only made two holes-in-one coming into this week and the second of them was this season. Well now he has three and one of them is at Carnoustie. The Englishman made the 26th ace of the season on the eighth at the Open Championship venue with a six iron from 189 yards, prompting big celebrations and a kiss from partner and caddie Helen Storey.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1PEREZ, VictorFRA18-22
2SOUTHGATE, MatthewENG18-21
T3LAGERGREN, JoakimSWE18-20
T3WARING, PaulENG18-20
T5FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-19
T5LEWIS, TomENG18-19

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