Some of the world’s richest hedge fund managers, titans of industry and all-around jet setting elite have gathered in Ireland this week for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the world’s most prestigious pro-am golf tournaments. In fact it’s the only tournament played annually at St. Andrews, universally known as the birthplace of the sport. The roster for the tournament, played at St. Andrews, Carnoustie, and Kingsbarns golf courses over the course of four days, includes Tiger Global’s Chase Coleman, Qatalyst’s Frank Quattrone and King Street’s Brian Higgins. Outside of the hedge fund world, celebrities Bill Murray, Michael Phelps, and Greg Kinnear each played alongside a professional.
For the pros, it’s an official European Tour event. For an amateur, it’s invite only. If you receive an invitation, the fee to enter the tournament is $10,000 and that doesn’t include the money spent gambling on the course.
At the end of two rounds of play South Africa’s Branden Grace holds a five stroke lead. Grace is paired with Gaynor Rupert, the wife of Johan Rupert, the tournament’s host and Executive Chairman of Richemont.
Yet the real story is the incredible 150-foot putt Phelps drained in the second round.
“It was the longest putt I’ve ever had and to see it go in was a pretty cool feeling,” Phelps told Golf.com.