He plays in the Dunhill Links Championship(Begins Thurs. 8:30AM ET on TGC), and the PGA champion is overjoyed.
I have never played golf in Europe and this opportunity to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns is going to be a memorable beginning. I am really looking forward to playing in front of the Scottish galleries, Micheel told the European Tours website.
'Coming to the Dunhill Links Championship will give me a wonderful opportunity to play links golf and compete with the finest players on The European Tour.
Micheel got his card on the U.S. tour for the first time in 1993, but returned to the PGA Tour qualifying school three times, mixing in liberal doses of Nationwide Tour experience. To be invited to play a tournament on the European Tour is a dream come true.
Playing links golf will be a new challenge for me, he said. The courses in Scotland are very different to those we play in the United States and I look forward to the challenge of hard fast fairways and pot bunkers. The Old Course is the most famous golf course in the world and its always been an ambition of mine to play it.
Several other U.S. tour players will compete, among them Ernie Els, Nick Price, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen. The field of 168 will be joined by a similar number of amateurs, pairing up to form two-man teams.
The tournament will take place at three venues ' Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course at St. Andrews. The field will be reduced to 60 ' plus the top 20 teams - for the final day with play commencing at St. Andrews.
Competing will be the top eight on the European Tour money list ' Els, Darren Clark, Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington, Ian Poulter, Phillip Price, Paul Casey and Adam Scott.
Harrington was last years winner, making birdie on the final hole of regulation to force a playoff with Eduardo Romero, then making another birdie on the second playoff hole to win.