British Masters

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British Masters
Tournament information
Location Woburn, England
Established 1946
Course(s) Woburn Golf and Country Club
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund £3,000,000
Month played October
Tournament record score
Aggregate 266 Peter Baker (1993)
To par −22 Peter Baker (1993)
Current champion
Spain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño
Woburn Golf& CC is located in England
Woburn Golf& CC
Woburn Golf
& CC
Location in England

The British Masters is a professional golf tournament. It was founded in 1946 as the Dunlop Masters and was held every year up to 2008, except for 1984. The British Masters is set for a return in October 2015. It has been 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 event returned in 2015, being played at Woburn while being hosted by golfer Ian Poulter, who is expected to play in the event.

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 Winner Country Venue Score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
British Masters
2015 Woburn G&CC
2009–14: No tournament
Quinn Insurance British Masters
2008 Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain The Belfry 276 (−12) Playoff
(3rd hole)
England Lee Westwood [3]
Quinn Direct British Masters
2007 Lee Westwood  England The Belfry 273 (−15) 5 strokes England Ian Poulter [4]
2006 Johan Edfors  Sweden The Belfry 277 (−11) 1 stroke England Gary Emerson
Scotland Stephen Gallacher
Sweden Jarmo Sandelin
[5]
Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters
2005 Thomas Bjørn  Denmark Forest of Arden Hotel & CC 282 (−6) Playoff
(2nd hole)
England Brian Davis
England David Howell
[6]
Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters
2004 Barry Lane  England Forest of Arden Hotel & CC 272 (−16) 3 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera
Argentina Eduardo Romero
[7]
2003 Greg Owen  England Forest of Arden Hotel & CC 274 (−14) 3 strokes France Christian Cévaër
England Ian Poulter
[8]
Victor Chandler British Masters
2002 Justin Rose  England Woburn G&CC 269 (−19) 1 stroke England Ian Poulter [9]
2001 Thomas Levet  France Woburn G&CC 274 (−14) Playoff
(3rd hole)
Sweden Mathias Grönberg
England David Howell
Sweden Robert Karlsson
[10]
2000 Gary Orr  Scotland Woburn G&CC 267 (−21) 2 strokes Sweden Per-Ulrik Johansson [11]
1999 Bob May  United States Woburn G&CC 269 (−19) 1 stroke Scotland Colin Montgomerie [12]
One 2 One British Masters
1998 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Forest of Arden Hotel & CC 281 (−7) 1 stroke Sweden Pierre Fulke
Argentina Eduardo Romero
[13]
1997 Greg Turner  New Zealand Forest of Arden Hotel & CC 275 (−13) 1 stroke Scotland Colin Montgomerie [14]
1996 Robert Allenby  Australia Collingtree Park GC 284 (−4) Playoff
(1st hole)
Spain Miguel Ángel Martín [15]
Collingtree British Masters
1995 Sam Torrance  Scotland Collingtree Park GC 270 (−18) 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell
Dunhill British Masters
1994 Ian Woosnam  Wales Woburn G&CC 271 (−17) 4 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
1993 Peter Baker  England Woburn G&CC 266 (−22) 7 strokes England Carl Mason [16]
1992 Christy O'Connor Jnr  Ireland Woburn G&CC 270 (−18) Playoff
(1st hole)
Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone [17]
1991 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Woburn G&CC 275 (−13) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
England David Gilford
Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone
1990 Mark James  England Woburn G&CC 270 (−18) 2 strokes Northern Ireland David Feherty
1989 Nick Faldo  England Woburn G&CC 267 (−21) 4 strokes Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty
1988 Sandy Lyle  Scotland Woburn G&CC 273 (−15) 2 strokes England Nick Faldo
Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
1987 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe Woburn G&CC 274 (−14) 1 stroke Wales Ian Woosnam [18]
1986 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Woburn G&CC 275 (−13) 2 strokes Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr
1985 Lee Trevino  United States Woburn G&CC 278 (−10) 3 strokes Australia Rodger Davis
Silk Cut Masters
1984 No tournament
1983 Ian Woosnam  Wales St. Pierre G&CC 269 (−15) 3 strokes Scotland Bernard Gallacher
Dunlop Masters
1982 Greg Norman  Australia St. Pierre G&CC 267 (−17) 8 strokes West Germany Bernhard Langer
1981 Greg Norman  Australia Woburn G&CC 273 (−15) 4 strokes Australia Graham Marsh
1980 Bernhard Langer  West Germany St. Pierre G&CC 270 (−14) 5 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes
1979 Graham Marsh  Australia Woburn G&CC 283 (−5) 1 stroke Japan Isao Aoki
England Neil Coles
1978 Tommy Horton  England St. Pierre G&CC 279 (−5) 1 stroke South Africa Dale Hayes
Australia Graham Marsh
England Brian Waites
1977 Guy Hunt  England Lindrick GC 291 (+7) Playoff
(3rd hole)
Scotland Brian Barnes [19]
1976 Baldovino Dassù  Italy St. Pierre G&CC 271 (−13) 1 stroke United States Hubert Green
1975 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland Ganton GC 289 (+5) 2 strokes South Africa Dale Hayes
1974 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland St. Pierre G&CC 282 (−2) Playoff
(1st hole)
South Africa Gary Player [20]
1973 Tony Jacklin  England St. Pierre G&CC 272 (−12) 7 strokes New Zealand Bob Charles
1972 Bob Charles  New Zealand Northumberland GC 277 (−11) 2 strokes England Tony Jacklin
1971 Maurice Bembridge  England St. Pierre G&CC 273 (−11) 2 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis [21]
1970 Brian Huggett  Wales Royal Lytham & St Annes GC 293 (+9) 5 strokes Australia David Graham [22]
1969 Cobie Legrange  South Africa Little Aston GC 281 3 strokes England Peter Butler [23]
1968 Peter Thomson  Australia Sunningdale GC 274 5 strokes Wales Dave Thomas [24]
1967 Tony Jacklin  England Royal St George's GC 274 3 strokes England Neil Coles [25]
1966 Neil Coles  England Lindrick GC 278 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr
Australia Peter Thomson
[26]
1965 Bernard Hunt  England Portmarnock GC 283 1 stroke Australia Peter Thomson [27]
1964 Cobie Legrange  South Africa Royal Brikdale GC 288 1 stroke England Max Faulkner
England Ralph Moffitt
[28][29]
1963 Bernard Hunt  England Little Aston GC 282 4 hole playoff
(3 strokes)
England Ralph Moffitt [30]
1962 Dai Rees  Wales Wentworth Club 278 2 strokes England Ralph Moffitt
Australia Peter Thomson
[31]
1961 Peter Thomson  Australia Royal Porthcawl GC 284 8 strokes Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr [32]
1960 Jimmy Hitchcock  England Sunningdale GC 275 2 strokes England Max Faulkner
England John Jacobs
South Africa Bobby Locke
[33]
1959 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland Portmarnock GC 277 4 strokes Republic of Ireland Joe Carr (am)
Northern Ireland Norman Drew
[34]
1958 Harry Weetman  England Little Aston GC 276 4 strokes South Africa Bobby Locke [35]
1957 Eric Brown  Scotland Notts GC (Hollinwell) 275 3 strokes England Peter Alliss [36]
1956 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland Prestwick GC 277 1 stroke Scotland Eric Brown [37]
1955 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland Little Aston GC 277 4 strokes England Henry Cotton [38]
1954 Bobby Locke South Africa Prince's GC 291 3 strokes Republic of Ireland Harry Bradshaw [39]
1953 Harry Bradshaw  Ireland Sunningdale GC 272 3 strokes England Max Faulkner [40]
1952 Harry Weetman  England Mere G&CC 281 4 strokes England Arthur Lees [41]
1951 Max Faulkner  England Wentworth Club 281 4 strokes England Reg Horne [42]
1950 Dai Rees  Wales Hoylake 281 4 strokes England Charlie Ward [43]
1949 Charlie Ward  England St Andrews 290 36 hole playoff
(1 stroke)
England John Burton [44][45]
1948 Norman Von Nida  Australia Sunningdale GC 272 2 strokes Republic of Ireland Fred Daly [46]
1947 Arthur Lees  England Little Aston GC 283 36 hole playoff
(4 strokes)
Australia Norman Von Nida [47][48]
1946 Jimmy Adams  Scotland Stoneham GC 286 Tie [2][49]
Bobby Locke  South Africa

Multiple winners[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 51°59′20″N 0°39′36″W / 51.989°N 0.660°W / 51.989; -0.660