Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson will join Sam Brazel in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson will join Sam Brazel in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. PAUL MILLER

Lismore duo on European stage

LISMORE golfers Sam Brazel and Rhein Gibson will reunite at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland this week.

It will be the first event the pair have both played at the same time on the European Tour.

There will be plenty of eyes on them with Lismore Workers Golf Club professional Peter Jaeger one of many Northern Rivers golfers interested.

"Their success has breathed a bit of life into local golf and they both have big followings now," Jaeger said.

"St Andrews is obviously a big iconic one and it will be good to see them both in competition."

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship will welcome back world number six and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

The Northern Irishman has finished runner-up at the tournament three times previously, including on his last two visits to the event.

McIlroy, who has five top tens on the European Tour this season, will be one of the favourites on Scottish links courses of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns with the intention of claiming his first victory there.

Joining McIlroy in the field will be fellow major winners Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Graeme McDowell and Danny Willett.

Tyrrell Hatton will also return to defend the title he won by four shots last year, which included a St Andrews course record of 62.

Brazel qualified for the European Tour after winning the Hong Kong Open in December.

He has played all over the word this year and recently played in the Portugal Masters before the British Masters over the weekend.

Gibson has played in the British Open and shot a course record during the Australian Open in 2015.

The European Tour wraps up at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next month.



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