Nothing can excite a golf-enthusiast more than watching a professional golf tournament. The exhilaration of watching your favorite professional golf players hit their best shot is as intense as opening your presents during Christmas Eve when you were a child.
British Masters is one of the golf tournaments that you should not miss this year. It takes pride on the fact that it is one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour.
It was originally founded on 1946 as the Dunlop Masters and was a continuation of the Dunlop – Metropolitan Tournament which was held prior to World War II. Dunlop Masters was a 72-hole end of season event that was held yearly up to 2008, except for 1984. In 1982, the sponsorship of Dunlop came to its end, and along with it came the changing of name to British Masters.
British Masters was considered to be the most lucrative events on the European Tour during the 1980s with prize fund that was very high.
Through the years, British Masters has host legendary list of winners that made up the elite list of European golf. Open Champion Bob Charles won the title the first time that this event was part of the European Tour schedule. Tony Jacklin won in 1973 and was followed by Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher who took a back to back championship in 1974 and 1975.
Golf legends such as Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle and Sir Nick Faldo were the British Masters champions in the 1980’s. Ryder Cup Captains Colin Montgomerie, Mark James and Sam Torrance lifted the famous trophy during the 90’s.
World Number 1 Lee Westwood got the most notable win after the Millennium in 2007.
The British Masters returned to the Tour schedule in 2015 at Woburn with the big help from Sky Sports. It was a hugely successful event and winner Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed his first European Tour victory.
Here is a complete list of British Masters winners.
Who Will Be Hosting the Tournament?
Olympic Champion Justin Rose has been announced as the tournament host for the British Masters this 2018. Rose is a former British Masters champion, claiming the title in 2002 against his close friend Ian Poulter.
Since the said victory, Rose has kept his stellar golfing career. He was the first Englishman in 33 years who took the title in the US Open in 2013. He finished as a runner-up at the Masters Tournament in April and won back-to-back events on the European Tour in the autumn.
This 37 years old golf champion received an honour at the Buckingham Palace in October and was awarded with MBE in the New Year’s Honours List due to his contributions in golf.
Though Rose’s victory in the British Masters has been 15 years ago, he still finds this experience as one of the most memorable ones. He said, ““The British Masters is a tournament that is special to me. It is a tournament I won in 2002 and it was the only event my dad was able to be there to see me win as a pro, so from that point of view it has always had fond memories for me.”
Where is it Taking Place?
Together with the announcement of Justin Rose as the tournament host, the Olympic Champion also disclosed a venue of his choice. The event will be held at Walton Heath, one of the prestigious golf courses in Surrey.
Walton Heath Golf Club was founded in 1903 and is comprised of two 18-hole golf courses, both of which are popular for rough areas being covered by heather. Herbert Fowler designed both of the courses, along with other courses in the United Kingdom and United States.
Walton Heath takes pride in its association with politics and royalty. Its first club captain was no other than Prince Edward of Wales and some of its prominent members included Winston Churchill, United Kingdome Prime Ministers David Lloyd George, Arthur Balfour and Bonar Law.
Both courses at Walton Heath have maintained its rank in the UK’s top 100 courses consistently.
Walton Heath has become a venue of a number of national amateur championships and tournaments. Aside from amateur tournaments, this club has also hosted some high profile professional events such as the 1981 Ryder Cup, a European Tour event and five editions of the European Open.
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The British Masters 2018 Dates
British Masters will be held on 11th of October until 14th of October. The tournament will take place between Thursday and Sunday with practice days organized for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday which is also when the celebrity pro-am takes place.
The exact time for tee and gate opening will be announced when the date of the event is near.
How much would it cost to watch this exciting event?
Book your ticket now to take advantage of the Early Bird rate. Adult season ticket is £90.00 which allows admission to course Wednesday 10th October to Sunday 14th October while £70.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21.
Adult weekend ticket costs £52.00 while it is £36.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21 which allows admission on both Saturday and Sunday. Pro Am ticket is £12.00 which allows admission on Wednesday 10th October only.
Day ticket costs £19.00 which allows admission on Thursday 11th October only while it’s £24.00 if you want to see the event on Friday 12th October. 13th October admission costs £34.00 while it is £24.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21. Sunday ticket costs £34.00 which allows admission on Sunday 14th October while it is £24.00 for customers 60 and over and 16 to 21.
Possible players are Rory McIlroy, Shubhankar Sharma, Tommy Fleetwood, Haotong Li, Jorge Campillo, Chris Paisley, Dylan Frittelli, Wade Ormsby, Joost Luiten and Ross Fisher.
It’s time to start counting the days before you can witness one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour.