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BETFRED BRITISH MASTERS RETURNS TO CLOSE HOUSE IN 2020

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. Following the success of this year’s event at Hillside Golf Club in Southport, where Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood took on the hosting duties, Westwood will reprise the role from July 30 to August 2, 2020, at Close House, the venue he has been attached to as a 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 four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

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.

Following the success of this year’s event at Hillside Golf Club in Southport, where Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood took on the hosting duties, Westwood will reprise the role from July 30 to August 2, 2020, at Close House, the venue he has been attached to as a 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 four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.

“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 ten-time Ryder Cup player.

“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.”

Graham Wylie, the owner of Close House, added: “It’s a big honour to bring the British Masters back to Close House next year. People in Newcastle and the north-east region love sport and we had some great crowds in 2017, a great TV audience and some great engagement on social media, so I’m sure we will get the same again.”

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