The British Masters returns to the European Tour schedule this week as a star-studded field take to Woburn Golf Club, played host by non-other than Woburn's own Ian Poulter.
The tournament was last played at Woburn 13 years ago where Poulter came close to taking the British Masters title but was beat by fellow Englishman Justin Rose.
The tournament has seen many illustrious professionals lift the trophy, including the late great Seve Ballesteros. The artistic Spaniard won the tournament twice in 1986 and 1991. The 1991 tournament was a great day for both Seve and a 15-year-old Ian Poulter who waited eagerly for the tournament winner's golf ball on the last.
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24 years on and Poulter has become an accomplished golfer picking up title after title to back up this statement. But there is one title that seems to allude him, the British Masters. Three times Poulter has finished runner-up and even though he has done a lot of hard work behind the scenes for the preparation of the event, it is what happens on the course that really counts.
As quoted on the European Tour website, Poulter admits it would be a dream come true if he lifted the trophy on Sunday:
“For me, to lift that trophy on Sunday night would be amazing. I have put a lot of work in behind the scenes and I have a lot of friends and family coming along. The tournament is at Woburn which means so much to me, and it is my name as tournament host, so to win really would be a fairytale.”
Poulter isn't the only Englishman on show as former world number ones Lee Westwood and Luke Donald will also be making an appearance. However, this will be Donald's first appearance at the tournament and is relishing the challenge after another quiet year.
The idea for the next few years is for Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose to all host the tournament. Donald has explained how he is eager to take the tournament to a links course.
"The Grove is local to me and it’s hosted a WGC event in the past,
“I haven’t spoken to anyone about it and there are obviously a lot of steps to take, but off the top of my head it would be fun to take it to a links course maybe. Possibly a St George’s or a Royal Cinque Ports could be good – there are a few options out there.”