British Masters Official Venue
We couldn’t be more proud of the success of the British Masters 2017, one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour, at Close House. To host the European Tour golf in the North East for the first time in 15 years proved hugely successful, with a record number of 62,298 making their way to Close House.
Over an action-packed six days, the crowds were treated to entertainment that kept us all busy at Close House. From our tournament host, Lee Westwood’s, impressive victory in Tuesday night’s Hero Challenge, the spectacular broadcast coverage of the British Masters, the putting challenges and, of course, that magnificent final chip from Paul Dunne – the British Masters, was one of our finest moments. Check out the full European Tour leaderboard.
The latest British Masters champion, Paul Dunne, shot an unrivalled twenty under par to win his first ever European Tour event. He clinched the title ahead of world number six, Rory McIlroy, who left the final round with a day score of 61, finishing with 17 under par. Paul Dunne managed seven spectacular birdies and an eagle in his last round, including an amazing birdie on the eighteenth.
“After two years of planning and preparation, the British Masters event exceeded our wildest dreams. I must say a huge thank you to everyone for your support.”
Jonathan Lupton, Managing Director of Close House
Lee Westwood has made unbelievable contributions to European golf and has won a massive 23 times on the European Tour. Not only that, but he’s also played in 10 Ryder Cups. We’ve worked closely with Lee for many years, and it’s great to see his achievements celebrated.
The British Masters has not only left a lasting impression on Close House, but also the Graham Wylie Foundation. The tournament has raised a massive £472,552, with the money helping to educate children and young people in the region.
After all of the excitement of the British Masters 2017, we’re not slowing down. We have big plans for the upcoming months, including some exciting events for our members and guests.
The prestigious British Masters was hosted by Lee Westwood, our attached tour professional. Lee originally opened our Colt Course as the world’s no.1 golfer.
“I think it’s been a great week,” said Westwood of the British Masters. “We had a really exciting finish with Paul winning and the whole tournament was great.”
Lee Westwood is a legend in the game of golf, making unparalleled contributions to the sport. He has won the European Tour champion title a massive 23 times and has played in 10 Ryder Cups. He’s a regular at the golf club, either playing on one of the two golf courses or using the PGA Academy to hone his game.
The British Masters has a rich history as one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour. The event was first held in 1946 and has a host of legendary previous winners.
A look down the list of previous winners is more like a who’s who of European golf. The first time the event was part of the European Tour schedule, former Open Champion Bob Charles claimed the title. Tony Jacklin was victorious in 1973 followed by Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher who won back to back in 1974 and 1975.
British Masters champions in the 1980’s included legends such as Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Seve Ballesteros and Sir Nick Faldo who were the driving force behind Europe’s success in the major tournaments all claiming the US Masters.
More Ryder Cup Captains would be successful during the 90’s with Mark James, Colin Montgomerie and Sam Torrance all lifting the famous trophy.
The most notable winner after the Millennium was our host and former World Number 1 Lee Westwood. Our Attached Touring Professional claimed the title in 2007 at the Belfry.
The British masters returned to the Tour schedule in 2015 at Woburn thanks to the support of Sky Sports. The event was a huge success and was won by Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick who enjoyed his first European Tour victory. Sky introduced several new concepts during the event including a player wearing a live microphone during their round. Masterclasses were held after the round offering the fans unique insights into the games of leading players including Poulter, Westwood and Donald.
Opened in 2011, the Lee Westwood Championship Colt course is set in almost 200 acres of beautiful Northumberland countryside. Designed by Scott Macpherson and named after English Golf Architect Harry Colt, the European Tour venue was voted one of the top 100 courses in the UK just one year after opening, and is the only course in North East to hold that accolade.
Lee Westwood has helped the team at Close House to improve the features of the Scott Macpherson designed Colt golf courses, adding new tees and bunkers. His experience of competing on the best courses around the world has allowed us to produce a golf course that will challenge all levels of golfer.
To celebrate the European Tour returning to the North East with the British Masters 2017, after a 15-year absence, we ran the successful Junior Masters golf tournament in conjunction with the event.
This massive opportunity to have a spectacular impact on junior golf in the region proved hugely popular. Henry Joynson took home the Junior Masters Junior title, with a magnificent final shot. Not only did he take home the Junior Masters crown, but he beat enormous competition in the Hero Pro-Am, winning the Pro-Am golf champion title.
The following clubs took part in the 2017 Junior Masters:
- Northumberland County Spring Meeting at Seahouses
- Close House Golf Club
- Durham City Golf Club
- Middlesbrough Golf Club
- Seaton Carew Golf Club
Play & Stay
For those of you who enjoyed watching the British Masters, why not have a go yourself? We have a range of Stay and Play deals, with the world’s only two Lee Westwood golf courses. We’ve provided a comprehensive guide to your Stay and Play golf break in Northumberland, featuring top facilities, delicious food and some of the finest attractions in Northern England.