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Liv players line-up to take on the ‘toon’

Tickets available now for International Series England featuring 10 LIV players locked in to take on Close House alongside Asian Tour stars –

Global golf stars are lining up to take on the ‘toon’ at the acclaimed Close House in Newcastle for the US $2 million International Series England on August 17-20.

Headlined by Lee Westwood, the former world number one with 44 career victories – including eight on the Asian Tour – spearheads a cohort of 10 LIV golfers set to play for the crowds at Close House.

Joining the 50-year-old from the 2023 LIV Golf League are 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and this year’s PIF Saudi International winner Abraham Ancer. Alongside Ancer’s recent triumph in which he claimed a two-shot winning margin and a share of the US$5 million purse, McDowell will also be looking to improve on his single Asian Tour triumph coming back in 2008 in South Korea.

Despite being born and raised in Worksop and an ardent Nottingham Forest FC fan, ‘Westy’ moved to the region a number of years ago and struck up a long-standing partnership with Close House as its attached tour professional.

Westwood said: “I’ve had the privilege of playing at home in tournament situations before, and there is truly nothing quite like it. Local excitement is building nicely with some of players confirmed.”

“I’ve been embraced by the people of Northumbria since I set up home there; their passion for sport is unrivaled and the full field will feel that during the tournament week – the atmosphere will be tremendous.”

Tickets for International Series England at Close House are also now available with ‘Early Bird’ rates available up to and including Monday 12 June.

Seven-time Asian Tour winner and LIV Golf player Anirban Lahiri will also embark on his second International Series campaign of the year following an impressive runner-up finish in April at the Vietnam event, which was won by Kieran Vincent – the younger brother to Scott who earned his place in the 2023 LIV Golf League by topping The International Series 2022 Order of Merit.

Spaniard Eugenio Chacarra and American Jason Kokrak also make International Series returns after teeing up in the first event on the Asian Tour’s 2023 schedule in Oman. Meanwhile, England’s Richard Bland, Brendan Steele of the United States and South Africa’s Dean Burmester will make their debuts.

Signalling the halfway point of The International Series 2023 season, the event at Close House will be pivotal for players looking to climb The International Series Order of Merit (OOM), currently led by American Andy Ogletree.

There will be a fierce contest to finish within the top 32 places in The International Series OOM come the end of the season. While the player in number one spot will punch his ticket directly to the ultra-lucrative 2024 LIV Golf League, the remaining 31 players will secure entry into the LIV Golf Promotions Event to vie for three further places.

Among those leading the charge to dethrone the current number one are several of the Asian Tour’s brightest stars including a quartet of Thai golfers Gunn Charoenkul, Chonalatit Chuenboonngam, Sadom Kaewkanjan and Phachara Khongwatmai, who all currently sit within the top 10 in The International Series OOM and are looking to secure their first International Series wins.

Head of The International Series, Rahul Singh, said: “Having the likes of Lee Westwood, Abraham Ancer and other LIV stars confirmed for International Series England just goes to show the growing strength of these events and the allure of fabulous Close House.

“We are returning to England’s North East after being made to feel so incredibly welcome last year, despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic. We are ready to return the favour this year and welcome spectators to what stands to be the biggest International Series event yet.”

Tickets to The International Series England are available now from SeeTickets with prices starting from £10 with concessions for under-16s and over-65s.

More information about the International Series England, can be found by visiting: Asian Tour | Professional Golf Tour in Asia