It will be a case of Ryder Cup revisited at Woburn Golf Club next month when no fewer than seven of the European heroes from the ‘Glory at Gleneagles’ tee up in the British Masters supported by Sky Sports from October 8-11.
Adding to the spectacle will be the appearance of two Ryder Cup captains – past and present – in Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke – along with one of the colourful vice captains from 2014, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez.
Already confirmed for the return of the British Masters to the superb Marquess’ Course at Woburn are Luke Donald, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Stephen Gallacher, tournament host Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood.
The return to Woburn will be ‘home from home’ for Poulter, the Tournament Professional attached to the club , a popular and widely-recognised figure in the area whose feats in The Ryder Cup are well known the world over.
McDowell, the 2010 US Open Champion, and Frenchman Dubuisson dovetailed superbly at Gleneagles to claim two invaluable points in the foursomes matches, while Welshman Donaldson raised the roof in Perthshire when he clinched the winning point against Keegan Bradley.
Westwood is the only member of the group to have won the British Masters title when it was played at The Belfry in 2007, while the roll of honour down the years features many of the greats of the game in Tony Jacklin, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Sir Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie and Justin Rose.
Jamie Birkmyre, Championship Director, said: “The memories of last year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles are still vivid 12 months on, and it is tremendous news for the British Masters supported by Sky Sports that so many of that victorious team are playing at Woburn.
“The public will enjoy watching the Gleneagles heroes and their own local hero, Ian Poulter, in action over the wonderful Marquess Course. We have a world class field taking shape and at £25 for a day ticket, the fans should enjoy some tremendous entertainment.”
Since its return was announced in March, the tournament has proved a big hit with the British public, with the opening round of the tournament a complete ‘sell out’ following the ‘Sky Sports Thursday’ promotion, which offered 15,000 free tickets as part of the event’s aim to attract a new and existing audience to golf.
Discounted advance tickets are now on general sale for the final three rounds of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
Any one day tickets, which can be used from Friday October 9 to Sunday October 11, cost £25 (£15 concession) before October 4. The full gate price is £30.
Adult season tickets (Friday – Sunday) cost £65 (£35 concession) before October 4. The full gate price for a season ticket is £75.