Willett to host Betfred British Masters at PGA National England

Willett to host Betfred British Masters at PGA National England

24/12/2020

Danny Willett has chosen The Belfry (PGA National England) as the host venue for the 2021 Betfred British Masters as he assumes hosting duties for the popular European Tour event.

The 33-year-old, who won the 2016 Masters, takes over hosting duties from reigning European No.1 Lee Westwood as the tournament returns to one of the European golf’s most historic venues for the first time in 13 years from May 12-15, 2021.

Betfred, the UK based bookmakers, will be the title sponsor of the tournament for the third consecutive year, and host Willett is hoping to help extend the event’s reputation as one of the most popular on the European Tour schedule. 

“I’m very excited to be hosting the Betfred British Masters at a very iconic European venue in The Belfry. It’ll be a real honour.” said Willett, winner of the 2019 BMW PGA Championship.

“I’ve wanted to do it ever since the first one in 2015. I thought the guys hosting it and having their say on a few things was a great idea. I am probably one of the ‘older’ players on Tour having been here for 11 years, so it’s a real honour to be able to host an event.

The Betfred British Masters will return to The Belfry after a 13-year absence, with the Sutton Coldfield venue last hosting the event in 2008 after a run of three consecutive years. It has hosted 17 European Tour events since 1979 and welcomed the Tour back for the first time in 12 years with the staging of the ISPS Handa UK Championship in August 2020, won by Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard.

“The Belfry is only an hour away from where I live, so it’s relatively local,” added Willett. “I played here in the UK Swing when the European Tour restarted in August and it was a great host venue for the UK Championship. It really is an iconic venue for the European Tour and for Europe and The Ryder Cup. We’ve seen some great matches over the years and some great finishes on that 18th hole, and I’m sure we’ll have another exciting finale next year.”

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