Luke Donald to host the 2016 British Masters at The Grove


Next year’s British Masters will be hosted by Luke Donald at The Grove following its successful return to the European Tour calendar at Woburn.

The Grove, designed by Kyle Phillips, is one of the UK’s best-conditioned inland layouts, and is close to the Hertfordshire courses that Donald grew up playing.

It will be the course’s second European Tour event; it held an American Express World Golf Championship tournament nine years ago, which was won by then world No.1 Tiger Woods. “I’m delighted to say we are going to The Grove, which of course hosted a WGC back in 2006,” said Donald.

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“I was lucky enough to be able to play that event and I’m excited we are going back there. It is a world class facility, a great hotel and I think all the players will really enjoy playing the golf course.

“The Grove is a parkland course and it has some elevation changes. It is always presented in great condition.

“It has a really nice variety of some longer holes and some drivable par fours. I think it will also be a fun course for the spectators.”

Matt Fitzpatrick, 21, won the first British Masters since 2008 when it was removed from the schedule after failing to attract a new sponsor. It is now backed by Sky Sports, and Ian Poulter hosted its return to Woburn.

Lee Westwood is also in the mix to host the 2017 event, at one of the venues he grew up playing around Nottinghamshire.
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