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

Multiple winners[edit]

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