13 October 2016

British Masters gets underway at The Grove

The 2016 British Masters hosted by Luke Donald has teed off at The Grove in Hertfordshire.

British Masters gets underway at The Grove

Lee Westwood tees off at The British Masters (©Getty Images)

It is only the second time The Grove has held a European Tour event, having hosted a World Golf Championship tournament in 2006, which was won by Tiger Woods, with Ian Poulter joint runner-up alongside Adam Scott, and Luke Donald in a share of sixth place.

Nearly 60,000 fans were part of the return of the British Masters at Woburn Golf Club in 2015, with supporting sponsor Sky Sports and The European Tour teaming up to provide innovative coverage aimed at engaging a new audience with the game. Fittingly, it was the youngest player in the field, 21 year old Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, who lifted the trophy, while former European and World Number One Donald finished in a share of fifth position.

A strong attendance is also expected at The Grove this week, with a number of Europe's Ryder Cup stars on show.

The Grove, which is located only 18 miles from the central London, opened in 2003 and has a luxury five star hotel and golf course set in 300 acres of Hertfordshire countryside.

Golf construction experts MJ Abbott Limited carried out the original construction of the golf course at The Grove and have carried out a number of subsequent projects over the years, including a new practice tee and a training pitch for NFL and football, and were delighted to be contracted to renovate all 90 bunkers on the golf course and carry out drainage improvements on 13 holes in preparation for the British Masters.

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