Oscar Pistorius to play pro-am

Updated: September 28, 2012, 5:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ST ANDREWS, Scotland -- Oscar Pistorius, the 25-year-old double amputee coming off inspirational performances in the Olympics and Paralympics, is set to play in the pro-am competition next week in the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The tournament will be played on St. Andrews' Old Course, Carnoustie's Championship Course, and the Kingsbarns Golf Links.

"It's a real treat to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship," said Pistorius, who plays off an 18 handicap. "I am a big golf fan and love the game. I have never played St. Andrews, Carnoustie or Kingsbarns before, so playing them in a world-class event is a unique opportunity. There is so much history at St Andrews, every golfer longs to play there.

"As a South African it will be lots of fun to be playing in a tournament with other great names of the sport from my country in Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. I can't wait to get on the first tee. When the invitation came to play, not even a holiday was going to stop me."


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