The Alfred Dunhill Cup
was a team golf
tournament which ran from 1985 to 2000. It was for three man teams of professional golfers, one team representing each country, and was promoted as the "World Team Championship". It was a "special approved event" on the European Tour
, which means that it was supported by the Tour, but the prize money did not count towards the Tour's Order of Merit. The host course was St Andrews
Each year sixteen teams competed in three days of round robin play to determine the semi-finalists. The semi-finals and the final were both played on the Sunday. The stature of the members of the American
team was variable as the Dunhill Cup clashed with a PGA Tour
event, though the fact that it was played at "The Home of Golf" helped to attract some star names. The other countries were generally represented by their best three golfers, or nearly so.
The Dunhill Cup was in competition with the World Cup of Golf
, a similar event for two man teams. In 2000, the World Cup's status was enhanced by its inclusion in the World Golf Championships
series, and in 2001 the promoters of the Alfred Dunhill Cup replaced it with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
, which is a celebrity pro-am.