British Masters to be held in the North East next year

The host, Lee Westwood. Photo: www.tourprogolfclubs.comThe host, Lee Westwood. Photo:
The host, Lee Westwood. Photo:
Lee Westwood is to host the 2017 British Masters at Close House in Newcastle.

The venue will stage a European Tour event for the first time, with Westwood having been the club's tour professional since 2011.

Westwood succeeds Luke Donald, who hosted this year's tournament at The Grove last week and finished third.

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Westwood said: "I'm delighted to announce that I will be taking over as host of the BritishMasters from Luke next year. I'm well connected with Close House, and I'm sure it will be a fantastic test of golf for the players coming up to the North East."

The tournament returned to the European Tour schedule in 2015, with Ian Poulter the first to play the role of host at Woburn.