British Masters: Lee Westwood to host 2020 tournament at Close House
Last Updated: 12/05/19 5:10pm
The Betfred British Masters will return to Close House, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in 2020 with former world No 1 Lee Westwood becoming the first player to host the European Tour tournament twice.
Westwood will reprise the role from July 30 to August 2, 2020, at Close House, the venue he has been attached to as touring professional for eight years.
Close House previously hosted the British Masters in 2017, when Ireland's Paul Dunne produced a spectacular finish, chipping in on the last hole to finish three shots clear of Rory McIlroy.
Nearly 70,000 fans came out to support the event, which was the first European Tour tournament to visit north-east England in 15 years.
"I'm delighted to announce that the Betfred British Masters is once again going to be at Close House," said Westwood, the 24-time European Tour winner and 10-time Ryder Cup player.
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"Hopefully we will get another great field and I am sure it will be a great spectacle like it was a couple of years ago. The crowds in the north-east love their sport and their big events, and Close House will be at its best again.
"I'm really looking forward to taking on the hosting role again too. Last time we did some interesting things - on the pitch at St James' Park and hitting balls by the Tyne Bridge - so it will be fun to do it a second time."
Keith Pelley, European Tour chief executive, said: "The Betfred British Masters is one of the most popular events on our schedule and the fans really embraced the whole experience the last time we took it to Close House in 2017, so we are all looking forward to going back next year."