British Masters

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British Masters
Tournament information
Location British Isles
Established 1946
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund £1,800,000 (2008)
Final year 2008
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Peter Baker (1993)
To par −22 Peter Baker (1993)
Final champion
Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño

The British Masters was a professional golf tournament. It was founded in 1946 as the Dunlop Masters and was held every year up to 2008, except for 1984. It was part of the European Tour from the tour's establishment in 1972. Dunlop's sponsorship ended in 1982, and the name sponsor changed frequently thereafter, with the word "British" usually also in the tournament's official name. It was held at a variety of courses; twice in the "Dunlop Masters" era it was held in the Republic of Ireland.

During the 1980s the British Masters was one of the most lucrative events on the European Tour with a prize fund that was as high as third among the tournaments on the schedule, but its status, or at least its relative level of prize money, has declined considerably in recent years.

The tournament has been played at many different venues, and when the Quinn Group took over as sponsors in 2006, the event was moved again, this time to the Group owned Belfry. Having traditionally been held in the spring, in 2007 it was rescheduled to September in order to avoid a clash with PGA Tour's Players Championship, which had been moved to May.

The deal with the Quinn Group ended in 2008, and when attempts to find another sponsor were unsuccessful, the British Masters was removed from the European Tour schedule for 2009.[1]

The 1967 event was particularly notable for providing British television with its first live hole in one, as Tony Jacklin aced the 16th hole at Royal St George's.[2]

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Country Score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Country Ref
Quinn Insurance British Masters
2008 The Belfry Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain 276 (−12) Playoff
(3rd hole)
Lee Westwood  England [3][4]
Quinn Direct British Masters
2007 The Belfry Lee Westwood  England 273 (−15) 5 strokes Ian Poulter  England [5][6]
2006 The Belfry Johan Edfors  Sweden 277 (−11) 1 stroke Gary Emerson  England [7][8]
Stephen Gallacher  Scotland
Jarmo Sandelin  Sweden
Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters
2005 Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club Thomas Bjørn  Denmark 282 (−6) Playoff
(2nd hole)
Brian Davis  England [9][10]
David Howell  England
Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters
2004 Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club Barry Lane  England 272 (−16) 3 strokes Ángel Cabrera  Argentina [11][12]
Eduardo Romero  Argentina
2003 Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club Greg Owen  England 274 (−14) 3 strokes Christian Cévaër  France [13][14]
Ian Poulter  England
Victor Chandler British Masters
2002 Woburn Golf and Country Club Justin Rose  England 269 (−19) 1 stroke Ian Poulter  England [15][16]
2001 Woburn Golf and Country Club Thomas Levet  France 274 (−14) Playoff
(3rd hole)
Mathias Grönberg  Sweden [17][18]
David Howell  England
Robert Karlsson  Sweden
2000 Woburn Golf and Country Club Gary Orr  Scotland 267 (−21) 2 strokes Per-Ulrik Johansson  Sweden [19][20]
1999 Woburn Golf and Country Club Bob May  United States 269 (−19) 1 stroke Colin Montgomerie  Scotland [21][22]
One 2 One British Masters
1998 Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 281 (−7) 1 stroke Pierre Fulke  Sweden [23][24]
Eduardo Romero  Argentina
1997 Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club Greg Turner  New Zealand 275 (−13) 1 stroke Colin Montgomerie  Scotland [25][26]
1996 Collingtree Park Golf Club Robert Allenby  Australia 284 (−4) Playoff
(1st hole)
Miguel Ángel Martín  Spain [27][28]
Collingtree British Masters
1995 Collingtree Park Golf Club Sam Torrance  Scotland 270 (−18) 1 stroke Michael Campbell  New Zealand [29]
Dunhill British Masters
1994 Woburn Golf and Country Club Ian Woosnam  Wales 271 (−17) 4 strokes Seve Ballesteros  Spain [30]
1993 Woburn Golf and Country Club Peter Baker  England 266 (−22) 7 strokes Carl Mason  England [31][32]
1992 Woburn Golf and Country Club Christy O'Connor Jnr  Ireland 270 (−18) Playoff
(1st hole)
Tony Johnstone  Zimbabwe [33][34]
1991 Woburn Golf and Country Club Seve Ballesteros  Spain 275 (−13) 3 strokes Eamonn Darcy  Ireland [35]
David Gilford  England
Tony Johnstone  Zimbabwe
Sam Torrance  Scotland
Keith Waters  England
1990 Woburn Golf and Country Club Mark James  England 270 (−18) 2 strokes David Feherty  Northern Ireland [36]
1989 Woburn Golf and Country Club Nick Faldo  England 267 (−21) 4 strokes Ronan Rafferty  Northern Ireland [37]
1988 Woburn Golf and Country Club Sandy Lyle  Scotland 273 (−15) 2 strokes Nick Faldo  England [38]
Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe
1987 Woburn Golf and Country Club Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe 274 (−14) 1 stroke Ian Woosnam  Wales [39][40]
1986 Woburn Golf and Country Club Seve Ballesteros  Spain 275 (−13) 2 strokes Gordon Brand, Jnr  Scotland [41]
1985 Woburn Golf and Country Club Lee Trevino  United States 278 (−10) 3 strokes Rodger Davis  Australia [42]
Silk Cut Masters
1984 No tournament
1983 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Ian Woosnam  Wales 269 (−15) 3 strokes Bernard Gallacher  Scotland [43]
Dunlop Masters
1982 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Greg Norman  Australia 267 (−17) 8 strokes Bernhard Langer  West Germany [44]
1981 Woburn Golf and Country Club Greg Norman  Australia 273 (−15) 4 strokes Graham Marsh  Australia [45]
1980 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Bernhard Langer  West Germany 270 (−14) 5 strokes Brian Barnes  Scotland [46]
1979 Woburn Golf and Country Club Graham Marsh  Australia 283 (−5) 1 stroke Isao Aoki  Japan [47]
Neil Coles  England
1978 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Tommy Horton  England 279 (−5) 1 stroke Dale Hayes  South Africa [48]
Graham Marsh  Australia
Brian Waites  England
1977 Lindrick Golf Club Guy Hunt  England 291 (+7) Playoff
(3rd hole)
Brian Barnes  Scotland [49][50]
1976 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Baldovino Dassù  Italy 271 (−13) 1 stroke Hubert Green  United States [51]
1975 Ganton Golf Club Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 289 (+5) 2 strokes Dale Hayes  South Africa [52]
1974 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 282 (−2) Playoff
(1st hole)
Gary Player  South Africa [53][54]
1973 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Tony Jacklin  England 272 (−12) 7 strokes Bob Charles  New Zealand [55]
1972 Northumberland Golf Club Bob Charles  New Zealand 277 (−11) 2 strokes Tony Jacklin  England [56]
1971 St. Pierre Golf & Country Club Maurice Bembridge  England 273 (−11) 2 strokes Peter Oosterhuis  England [57]
1970 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club Brian Huggett  Wales 293 (+9) 5 strokes David Graham  Australia [58]
1969 Little Aston Golf Club Cobie Legrange  South Africa 281 3 strokes Peter Butler  England [59]
1968 Sunningdale Golf Club Peter Thomson  Australia 274 5 strokes Dave Thomas  Wales [60]
1967 Royal St George's Golf Club Tony Jacklin  England 274 3 strokes Neil Coles  England [61]
1966 Lindrick Golf Club Neil Coles  England 278 1 stroke Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland [62]
Peter Thomson  Australia
1965 Portmarnock Golf Club Bernard Hunt  England 283 1 stroke Peter Thomson  Australia [63]
1964 Royal Birkdale Golf Club Cobie Legrange  South Africa 288 1 stroke Max Faulkner  England [64][65]
Ralph Moffitt  England
1963 Little Aston Golf Club Bernard Hunt  England 282 4 hole playoff
(3 strokes)
Ralph Moffitt  England [66]
1962 Wentworth Club Dai Rees  Wales 278 2 strokes Ralph Moffitt  England [67]
Peter Thomson  Australia
1961 Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Peter Thomson  Australia 284 8 strokes Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland [68]
1960 Sunningdale Golf Club Jimmy Hitchcock  England 275 2 strokes Max Faulkner  England [69]
John Jacobs  England
Bobby Locke  South Africa
1959 Portmarnock Golf Club Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 277 4 strokes Joe Carr (am)  Ireland [70]
Norman Drew  Northern Ireland
1958 Little Aston Golf Club Harry Weetman  England 276 4 strokes Bobby Locke  South Africa [71]
1957 Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) Eric Brown  Scotland 275 3 strokes Peter Alliss  England [72]
1956 Prestwick Golf Club Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 277 1 stroke Eric Brown  Scotland [73]
1955 Little Aston Golf Club Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 277 4 strokes Henry Cotton  England [74]
1954 Prince's Golf Club Bobby Locke  South Africa 291 3 strokes Harry Bradshaw  Ireland [75]
1953 Sunningdale Golf Club Harry Bradshaw  Ireland 272 3 strokes Max Faulkner  England [76]
1952 Mere Golf & Country Club Harry Weetman  England 281 4 strokes Arthur Lees  England [77]
1951 Wentworth Club Max Faulkner  England 281 4 strokes Reg Horne  England [78]
1950 Hoylake Dai Rees  Wales 281 4 strokes Charlie Ward  England [79]
1949 St Andrews Charlie Ward  England 290 36 hole playoff
(1 stroke)
John Burton  England [80][81]
1948 Sunningdale Golf Club Norman Von Nida  Australia 272 2 strokes Fred Daly  Ireland [82]
1947 Little Aston Golf Club Arthur Lees  England 283 36 hole playoff
(4 strokes)
Norman Von Nida  Australia [83][84]
1946 Stoneham Golf Club Jimmy Adams  Scotland 286 Tie [2][85]
Bobby Locke  South Africa

Multiple winners[edit]

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