Sir Nick Faldo Becomes Long-Term Host Of British Masters

The six-time Major winner will host the British Masters at The Belfry

Sir Nick Faldo hits a drive
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Six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo has been announced as the new long-term host of the Betfred British Masters, which will return to the Brabazon Course at The Belfry until 2026.

The Englishman – who received a Knighthood in 2009 for his services to golf – won both the Masters and The Open three times.

In total, he won 30 times on the European Tour – now known as the DP World Tour – and represented Europe in 11 consecutive Ryder Cups from 1977 to 1997 in addition to Captaining the team in 2008.

He will now host the Betfred British Masters at The Belfry, a venue where he represented Europe in the Ryder Cup on three of those occasions – famously making a hole-in-one on the par three 14th in 1993.

Faldo won the 18th of his 30 European Tour titles at the British Masters in 1989, triumphing by four strokes over Ronan Rafferty. His victory at Woburn followed on from his success at Augusta National earlier that year, where he won the first of three Green Jackets.

Graphic of Nick Faldo and the British Masters

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This year will mark Betfred’s fifth year as title sponsor of the British Masters since coming on board in 2019 at Hillside Golf Club. The event has moved to a new summer date of June 29 – July 2. 

“It’s a real honour to be given the opportunity to host the Betfred British Masters, particularly at a venue as iconic as The Belfry,” said Faldo. “It’s a place that is synonymous with British and European golf, and we’ve been treated to some incredible moments there over the years.

“From a playing perspective, the Brabazon is a great test of golf and it’s a course that you can have a lot of fun in terms of setting it up – particularly on the par four tenth, where you can bring the tee forward and give guys the chance to go for the green, and on the par four 18th, which is a great closing hole.

“I’m really looking forward to working alongside the DP World Tour and the team at The Belfry to deliver another memorable British Masters. It was great to see spectators come out in their droves to support the tournament last year and we hope to put on a real show for them in 2023.”

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the DP World Tour, said: “Sir Nick has left an indelible legacy both on our Tour and on European golf, so we are delighted to announce him as the new host of the Betfred British Masters.

“As a six-time Major Champion and a Ryder Cup legend, he is an icon of our sport and we look forward to him hosting this historic tournament at The Belfry, one of European golf’s most iconic courses.”

The DP World Tour returned to The Belfry after a 13-year absence in 2020 with the ISPS HANDA UK Championship and the Betfred British Masters in 2021 and 2022, and the Sutton Coldfield venue will continue as host of the latter for the next four years.

The 2023 edition of the Betfred British Masters hosted by Sir Nick Faldo will be the 20th DP World Tour tournament at the iconic venue, where the late, great Seve Ballesteros won the Lada English Golf Classic, the first event staged in 1979.  

In 2022, Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen returned to the winner’s circle after a four-year absence, as he won his sixth DP World Tour title by one stroke from Sebastian Söderberg. Victory for 2018 Ryder Cup player looked unlikely, but a stunning eagle-birdie finish thrilled the 15,000-strong English crowd as he won his first title since the 2018 Italian Open.

Last year, more than 50,000 spectators attended during the week of the Betfred British Masters, which was hosted by 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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