The 2017 host of the British Masters Lee Westwood says he is impressed with the “incredible” field at this year’s event.
The event is set to kick off at Close House on Thursday with multiple big names slated to feature.
Masters winner Sergio Garcia and stars like Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and others are set to partake in the competition.
“It’s an incredible field really, it’s never easy to find the right date for a lot of the lads to come but Sergio and Rory and many others [are coming]. It’s had great support from the British and European players, I couldn’t have asked for a better field,” the happy host said.
Westwood won the event in 2007 at The Belfry and he is contented with the consistent growth of the tournament till date. He says the British Masters is “a very prestigious title to win” and that top golfers have it on their schedule early when planning for the year.
“It’s always been played on great golf courses. It slipped right back into the schedule really nicely, I think it’s found a good date,” he added.
Westwood praised the success last year and adds that he expects similar numbers if not more this year as well. Swede star Noren won the event last year at The Grove in Hertfordshire. The British crowd is expected to remain an enthusiastic one. Westwood opines that the “load of people” that turn up for the event would make a great atmosphere and buzz for the event.
On his chances this year, the host says he it would be nice if he won and that he would try hard. However, he admits that it would be “a hard tournament to win” as the winner must have played greatly.