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2018 British Masters

Rose announces Walton Heath as 2018 British Masters venue

The former Ryder Cup venue will host next year's British Masters, host Justin Rose has revealed
 

After much speculation, Justin Rose has announced that the 2018 British Masters will take place at Walton Heath.

It won’t be the first time that the European Tour has visited the Surrey club having hosted the European Open on five separate occasions between 1978 and 1991. The course also hosts US Open qualifying and hosted the Ryder Cup in 1981.

“Walton Heath is a golf course I really, really enjoy playing,” Rose said. “In fact I love it.

“I went back to Walton Heath in the summer just to ensure I wanted to take the tournament there and I had forgotten how good a golf course it is.

“It has got teeth but it is traditional and hopefully the players will really enjoy it. Hopefully we will assemble a strong field, get some good weather and we can host an amazing tournament next October.”

Walton Heath

Rose takes over the reigns from Lee Westwood who was the host of the 2017 event at Close House in Durham. Ian Poulter and Luke Donald had previously hosted the event, at Woburn and The Grove respectively.

Rose added: “It’s a huge honour to host the British Masters and to follow in the footsteps of three friends of mine, Ian, Luke and Lee.

“I’ve known for a while that I was next in line to host in 2018, so I’ve been watching carefully to see how the boys have done the hosting role.

“They’ve all done a great job and put their own stamp on it, and their own personality on it. They’ve all been very successful and the crowds have been great.

“This tournament has really created its own identify on the European Tour. The guys have left a pretty good blueprint for me. Hopefully I can put some of my own touches here and there and continue that success.”

Rose has one British Masters title to his name, one he described as “special”.

He explained: “It was the only event my dad was able to be there to see me win as a pro, so from that point of view it has always had fond memories for me.

“My dad had been battling leukaemia for a while and had gone into remission and then relapsed. I knew he was having a tough time, so I don’t know where I got the strength from to play that type of golf. Maybe that’s where, from him, to show him I was going to be successful after a tough start to my professional career. I’m very grateful that I was able to win and justify all his belief and faith in me as he was my biggest supporter and advocate.”

The 2018 British Masters will take place from October 11-14, two weeks after the Ryder Cup.

Matthew Beedle

National Club Golfer and National Club Golfer magazine

Matthew has been playing golf since he was around 13 and took up the game at a local nine-hole municipal course with his friends before joining Pontefract & District Golf Club just over the hedge.

Still a member of Pontefract with a handicap of 3, he currently sits on the board of directors to help with digital and marketing initiatives in order to improve membership and visitor income.

Matthew graduated university with a First Class in Sports Journalism from Leeds Trinity University and has been working in the golf industry since graduating.

NCG’s social media & marketing manager, Matthew’s main job role is to increase website traffic to the National Club Golfer website via our email and social media channels as well as driving entries to grow our NCG Top 100s Tour events amongst other tasks.

Not one to change his equipment too often, Matthew currently plays the TaylorMade M2 driver which has lasted the test of time in his bag. Elsewhere, you’ll find him using the TaylorMade Stealth 2 three-wood with a Ping G425 Crossover 2-iron to aid his long game.

Through his 4-iron to Gap Wedge, Matthew uses the Ping i500 irons accompanied by Ping’s Glide 3.0 56-degree and 60-degree wedges.

Another club that has stood the test of time in his bag is a Nike Method Core MC-3i putter which has had to have the SuperStroke grip changed at least three times. Ball of choice is the Titleist ProV1.

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