British Masters 2018
After my post explaining how the Ryder Cup works, I was very excited to be able to touch the actual, real Ryder Cup at the British Masters a few weekends ago.
The event was held on the Old Course at Walton Heath Golf Club and was won by Eddie Pepperell with a final score of 9 under par making it his second European Tour title.
The conditions on the final day were very wet and windy but Pepperell hit a closing 72 which put him two ahead of his playing partner Alexander Björk from Sweden. Some of his highlights during the competition were a hole in one during the opening round and scoring 4 eagles during the week.
In May last year Pepperell was ranked outside the top 500 but together with his win at the Qatar Masters in February, a runner-up finish in the Scottish Open and tied 6th place finish in the Open, this win put him into the world’s top 35.
I’ve only ever been to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth so it was exciting to see how a tournament is run on a different course and get up close to the action again. I even got a high-five from Tommy Fleetwood – video in the Gallery section of the blog and on Instagram!
When I first started drafting this post it wasn’t clear whether the British Masters would be in the 2019 European Tour schedule but it has recently been confirmed that Tommy Fleetwood will be hosting the competition at Hillside Golf Club in Southport. With a change in schedule, the British Masters will be held in May next year rather than October. The PGA at Wentworth has also moved from May to September next year.
I'd definitely recommend going to these events if you can. It's always inspiring seeing the professionals up close and taking in all the atmosphere with the crowds.