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.

Rory McIlroy Slips Down Leaderboard Struggle To Regain Title

Rory McIlroy, the champion mixed the bad, the good and the downright ugly at the Dell Technologies Championship an eventful opening round at TPC Boston yesterday.

McIlroy, trying to win his first year’s tournament, had to settle for a one-over-par 72. This left him six shots back from the leader of clubhouse Dustin Johnson who shot 66.

The Northern Irishman spoke about this on Thursday, he spoke about his optimism about coming back to the course on which he tasted the victory in the year 2012 and 2016.
Just after a month, separating from caddie JP Fitzgerald, he said he is jovial and happier, more out there, and not getting as hard on himself.
And for some time, he seemed in the mood to follow the target that was set earlier by the Johnson.

On holes five and six, a brace of birdies, which latter, he holed a putt from 50 feet for a three, made him to bounce back.

McIlroy gave a shot back to the course on the seventh with a bogey six, after taking out of position from the tee-shot, which he made.

However, Rory was at minus-one still when he came to the 11th hole the 213-yard par-three and produced a real shocker by taking four putts from 12 feet after making his ball to land safely on the green.

McIlroy’s first putt was terrible, as he hit the ball four feet past the cup.

Then he tried to slot the ball home for par, but that also missed, which left him a three-footer for bogey, at last McIlroy was unable to hit the target. And that turned out as depressing for Rory.

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