Junior Masters With Lee Westwood Returns To Close House

The Junior Masters will go back to Close House this October. It is supported by Lee Westwood in association with Lookers Motor Group (LMG) and PING. This is the second time this event is being organized.

After the success of the 2017 tournament, which is the launch year of this event along with the British Masters during championship week, Close House will host the event every year.

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Defending champs Padraig Harrington tied 25th courtesy of two under 69 but he goes with all the positives from the Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard is the new champ and he picks up the €333,330 prize money as he records his maiden victory.

The Dane ended with six under par 65 to win the event, four strokes from Scottish star Marc Warren. He secured his tour card with the win as well. (more…)

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Poppleton Will Defend Lee Westwood Trophy

Nick Poppleton of Wath will begin the defense of the Lee Westwood Trophy on Tuesday at Rotherham, maintained by his performance recently in the amateur championship of the English men.


At The Berkshire, Poppleton with the help of his spectacular shorts reached the semi-finals. He lost by Todd Clements (Braintree), he was the winner of the event, and the loss happened, and the loss was the matter of just one hole.

The narrow defeat of Poppleton was primarily caused by penalty shots. The penalty shot applied to his scores at the first two holes, and it happened when the player of Yorkshire County noticed that Poppleton had left a training club in his bag.

Poppleton, last year, overcame from the disappointment of being overhauled in the Yorkshire amateur championship final round. The championship held at Moortown by Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall) to win the Lee Westwood Trophy, the highest profile amateur competition of South Yorkshire. He will try to do the same this week as well in the event’s 13th staging that has the field of 141 players from all over the region and also beyond. (more…)

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For the 2017 British Masters, Lee Westwood has been announced as its tournament host.

The Englishman is to be supported once more by Sky Sports. Choosing a venue for the event which holds from September 28-October 1, the Ryder Cup star made a choice of Close House.

The Close House which is located in Newcastle is a place where the golfer has been attaches since 2011 as a touring professional. It would be the first time a European tournament is holding at the House.

He succeeds Luke Donald in the hosting role. This is following the success of the last’s week event held at The Grove. This in essence means that for the second consecutive year, a former world No 1 would be the host of the event.

Speaking about his new host role, Westwood made it known that it was something of delight for him to act in that capacity.

“I’m delighted to announce that I will be taking over as host of the British Masters from Luke next year. I’m well connected with Close House, and I’m sure it will be a fantastic test of golf for the players coming up to the North East.” (more…)

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Westwood Shares Lead In WGC

After the first round of the World Golf Championships, which is taking place in Mexico, the player Lee Westwood is in the lead with six-way tie.

The player on the course was expected to be the leader overnight, but bogeyed the two holes (which were final) to end with a round of 67.

The player is joined on four under by Americans Phil Mickelson, compatriot Ross Fisher, Spain’s Jon Rahm Ryan Moore and Jimmy Walker.

Rory McIlroy after 68 is a shot further back.

After recovering from the rib injury, he is coming for his first tournament. It was the long gap of almost seven weeks. McIlroy made par on 14 holes, hitting one eagle, two birdies and one bogey in a solid round.

Talking about the performance of Westwood in the first round of the event then he was uneven in his scoring. In his first 16 holes he made eight birdies and before that he had back-to-back bogeys to add to two others earlier in his round. (more…)

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The next few days will see Thomas Bjorn named the captain of the Europe Ryder Cup team, and handed the task of reclaiming the Ryder Cup from the US in 2018 at Paris.

It is understood that the Dane has been said to be the unanimous choice among the five-man selection committee. This is despite the merits the other candidates such as Miguel Angel Jimenez and Paul Lawrie possess.

It became probable that Bjorn would get the nod when Padraig Harrington and Lee Westwood signified their intention to enter the Le Golf National both as players.

Bjorn has won 21 times all across the world and has appeared on three times, while acting as an assistant on four different occasions, including at Hazeltine where he assisted Darren Clarke in September. That was the only time he ever got in a defeat.

The 45-year old is a highly respected character on the European Tour and has served in the last nine years as the chairman of the Tournament Players Committee. This puts him in the forefront to know most of the players, both the young players coming through, as well as the veterans. (more…)

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