ST ANDREWS, Scotland - Talking in terms of South African currency, there is a small fortune to be made, the equivalent of R11-million, for the winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship beginning on Thursday over the Old Course at St Andrews, nearby Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.
The money aside, this European Tour event features a pro-am running alongside the main tournament and, for the 26 South African professional golfers in the line-up, it offers them a unique opportunity to partner with some of the big names in the entertainment and business world for four days of superb links golf.
Haydn Porteous, for instance, loves his music and to have renowned Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres as his partner in a fourball that also includes legendary singer, song writer and actor Huey Lewis – he of The Power of Love fame – well, it's going to be a blast for Porteous.
Talking about big names, big is the operative word with respect to the players in Jaco van Zyl's group. He partners genial giant Scahlk Burger senior, the former Springbok lock with hands the size of baseball mitts, with former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko also in the fourball. Apart from packing a killer punch, the Ukranian is passionate about his golf and is a keen chess player.
Brandon Stone, hoping to "Make mine a double!" in this part of the world after his stunning Scottish Open triumph in July, has famous American art dealer Alex Acquavella as his amateur partner, in a group that also includes Padraig Harrington and his amateur, JP McManus, one of Ireland's richest men.