Woburn to host the British Masters

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The British Masters will head to Woburn Golf Club in October.

As the tournament returns to the European Tour, Ryder Cup stars Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood will take it in turns hosting the event, with the first event taking place at Poulter’s home course this year.

It will be the 17th time that Woburn Golf Club has hosted the British Masters and the first occasion since 2002, the year that Poulter and his close friend Rose memorably battled it out for the title, with Rose prevailing by a single stroke following a closing round of 65.

That enthralling contest took place over the Marquess Course, one of Woburn Golf Club’s three layouts, which will again host the tournament in October. The event will be staged and promoted by The European Tour and will have a prize fund of £3million.

Poulter said: “It is fantastic news that the British Masters is back on The European Tour schedule and I am proud and delighted to be bringing the tournament to Woburn Golf Club, which is obviously a place that means a great deal to me.

“British golf has been in a good place for a number of years now with the success we have had internationally, and as players we have all been keen to get more tournaments on British soil, and in England in particular, so we are grateful to Sky Sports and The European Tour for helping to make this happen.

“As a young boy I dreamed of becoming a professional golfer, and being able to watch my heroes play the game inspired me to chase these dreams. I am now passionate myself about encouraging young people to try to enjoy this game that I love so much, and I’m looking forward to working closely with Sky Sports and The European Tour on staging the British Masters at Woburn and making it an event that truly inspires young people.

“I know Woburn is going to be a great venue for a European Tour event having hosted the British Masters previously, and I’m sure the fans will come out and really support the event again.

“The British Masters was always one of our leading events and I have some great memories of my battle with Justin at Woburn back in 2002. He’s obviously a good friend of mine and a great competitor, so it was a pleasure to go up against him at my home course. Hopefully I can put my local knowledge to good use once more and be up there challenging again this year.”

Duke of Bedford, owner of Woburn Golf Club, said: “My family and the members of Woburn Golf Club are delighted that the British Masters is returning to Woburn. Our Tournament Professional, Ian Poulter, has been a great ambassador for the club since 2003 and will be a perfect host for what will undoubtedly be a very exciting week, adding further to our tournament history of which we are so proud.”