British Masters a great success

Woburn Golf and Country Club

Fifty seven thousand people attended the British Masters at Woburn last week, which returned to the tour calendar after an absence of seven years. A worthy British winner in 21 year old Matt Fitzpatrick who lead from start to finish wrapped up the event in style. There seems to be nothing but praise coming from all quarters. The professionals felt that it was good to have another tournament on mainland Britain, it was uplifting for some of them to play at home. The host club provided a magnificent course in immaculate condition and Sky Sports presented the event in an immaginative and patron friendly way. Ian Poulter, this year’s host said that “British golf has been away for too long”. Let’s hope that this event stays firmly put on the schedule. Masterclasses at the close of play by top professionals provided  an interest for spectators and the spectator village was beautifully branded and presented. Full marks too to Sky for transmitting the tournament on their non-premium channel Sky One. The only thing I would change about something pulled off so magnificently would be the date. Previously the British Masters was played in the Spring when the purple azaleas and rhodedendrons made the course look even more attractive to TV audiences and the conditions were easier. Next year the British Masters will be played at The Grove in Hertfordshire which is glorious in the spring. In an ideal world it might be better to play it towards the end of May in the slot occupied by the BMW PGA and move the flagship tournament towards the end of the season in October. Wentworth attracted huge crowds to the World Matchplay in the Autumn, to me it would make more sense. Otherwise, what a start for the rejuvanated tournament. A triumph all round.

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