BETFRED BRITISH MASTERS
Tommy Fleetwood hosts the Betfred British Masters at Hillside Golf Club. It is the first time that Tommy has hosted a tournament and he follows the cream of the British golfers that have hosted the British Masters since its reintroduction to the European Tour calender in 2015.
There has also been a change in date for this tournament, it had previously been played in October, but now it is being played in May to accommodate larger scheduling changes on both sides of the Atlantic. One said change is the PGA Championship now being played next week, to coincide with the other majors in the season and add some much needed gravitas to that event.
The last time that Tommy Fleetwood was able to spend a tournament week staying in his own bed was the 2017 Open Championship, he would finish thirteen shots back of eventual winner Jordan Spieth, but since that point he has won the Race to Dubai and was one part of the team “MoliWood” at the 2018 Ryder Cup. Tommy will be hoping that hosting the tournament doesn’t distract too much from his golf this week and he can claim a win in his hometown and set up the rest of his season.
Hillside is a stone's throw away from Royal Birkdale Golf Club, so you can imagine how good this golf course is likely to be during competition week. As this is a links course and being played in a British spring, the players will have to contend with inclement weather, with rain forecast for Thursday and Friday.
TIPS FOR THE WEEK
Tommy Fleetwood: The highest ranked player in the field by some way, he has never played a tournament the week before a major before, he will be hoping that this change of schedule will result in his first major championship.
Eddie Pepperell: The defending champion, he won last year’s tournament at Walton Heath, which has similar underfoot conditions, a supreme iron player with great control of trajectory, we expect Eddie to have a great week.
Lee Westwood: Has taken some time away from golf at the beginning of spring, but a star name in British golf, will be looking to start the twilight years of his career with another European Tour win.
Ryan Fox: Has the most Top 10 finished in Rolex series events on the European tour, so that proves he has the big time mentality. He recently got married, he’ll hope that this is a facotr in propelling his career to the next level.