2018 British Masters Golf - Tournament Guide
The British Masters gets underway on the 11th October with the winner crowned three days and 72 holes of golf later. Plenty of stars from the 2018 Ryder Cup will be on display as one of England’s most celebrated golf venues plays host to the 2018 tournament.
The Old Course at Walton Heath will welcome this year’s host Justin Rose, who has assembled a strong field to compete for the £3m prize pot. One of the most prestigious events in the golfing calendar, the British Masters has been reinvigorated in recent years with a modern feel designed to attract new fans to the sport.
What is the British Masters?
The British Masters is a golf competition which began in 1946. The contest’s predecessor, the Dunlop-Metropolitan tournament, commenced in 1936 but was cancelled with the outbreak of World War II.
The British Masters has traditionally been played at a variety of courses around the British Isles. In its heyday of the 1970s and 80s, it was one of the biggest competitions in the golfing calendar and at one point the British Masters boasted the third highest prize in the world.
The British Masters follows golf’s stroke play format which simply means the player who has taken the lowest number of shots after four rounds of 18 holes will be crowned the winner. After two rounds, half of the field is “cut” and will play no further part in the competition.
The British Masters is a European Tour event and so one of a series of 47 tournaments which contribute to the Race to Dubai rankings. At the end of the season, the players with the most points accumulated during the Tour share a prize pot following the final event, the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The highest point scorer lands $1.5 million and the Race to Dubai trophy.
Who Are The Big Names Confirmed To Appear At The British Masters?
Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood will join his Team Europe colleagues Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari at the 2018 British Masters. The three stars of the recent European victory in France are sure of a warm welcome from an appreciative crowd and each has enjoyed a superb 2018.
Molinari capped victory at the British Open with a starring role in the Ryder Cup while Rose climbed to number one in the world rankings in the summer and Fleetwood has enjoyed a great season after winning last year’s Race to Dubai.
Rory McIlroy is also expected to play the British Masters and others who featured at Le Golf National will confirm their attendance in the days leading up to the tournament.
They will be joined by plenty of other crowd favourites including former world number one Luke Donald and three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington.
Who Is Favourite To Win The British Masters?
No doubt the stars of the Ryder Cup will lead the British Masters betting odds. Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy will be among the favourites. Home players will be strongly fancied with five of the last 10 editions of the tournament won by Englishmen.
However, since the British Masters returned in 2015, it has been an outsider who has won each of the three most recent contests. Matthew Fitzpatrick was an unfancied 33/1 before winning his first Race to Dubai event at the 2015 tournament, Alex Noren was a little shorter at 16/1 ahead of his 2016 triumph, and Paul Dunne was largely overlooked by punters despite being in form ahead of his first ever European Tour win last year.
Why The British Masters Is A Big Deal
The British Masters was always intended to be one of the biggest tournaments in golf. Originally billed as the “Championship of Champions”, the competition was by invitation only to the best players in the world. The tournament considered itself the British equivalent of the US Masters which was founded in the same year.
The list of golfers who have won the British Masters includes some of the greatest names to play the game. Bernard Gallacher, Seve Ballesteros, Tony Jacklin and Greg Norman are among the legends who have won the tournament twice. Nick Faldo hit a then record-equalling low score on his way to victory in 1989 and last year Irishman Paul Dunne set a tournament record, taking 260 shots to finish three ahead of Rory McIlroy.
How The Masters Feels Different To Traditional Golf Tournaments
Much has been written about the supposed declining popularity of golf in Britain, but tournament chiefs will be hoping for a post-Ryder Cup boost in interest. When the British Masters was relaunched in 2015, it was clear that its organisers wanted to bring a new feel to the competition which dates back to the 1940s.
The British Masters is one of just three European Tour events to be played in England this season, so it will attract a huge number of golf fans. Crowds have topped 70,000 for the tournament in recent years with reasonable ticket prices and giveaways swelling numbers. A range of family-friendly activities will take place alongside the main event.
Supported by Sky Sports, the British Masters has been planned with TV audiences in mind and you’ll find extensive broadcast coverage and other innovations such as mid-round interviews with the players and a host of online and social media features.
Some of the top golfers will pretty much sign off their season after the British Masters, ahead of a final outing at the Tour’s Dubai showpiece in November, so it may be the last chance to see a host of big names playing together in Europe this year.
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