Cape Town - The British Masters will remain on the 2019 European Tour
schedule after all thanks to Tommy Fleetwood, who agreed to host the event at
Hillside in his home town of Southport.
The tournament only returned to the European Tour four years
ago, but there were fears it would disappear once again next year after its
current sponsorship deal came to an end.
Eddie Pepperell won the most recent edition at Walton Heath
earlier this month, although nest year’s event will be held in the second week
The Ryder Cup hero follows in the footsteps of Ian Poulter,
Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose in hosting the event following its
resurrection after a six-year absence.
“I can’t wait to host the British Masters in my home town,”
said Fleetwood. “It will be such an honour and I’m so grateful to have been
asked. I’m extremely proud to follow the great ambassadors of our game who have
hosted this tournament.
“I am very confident that Southport will make everyone
welcome and the north-west of England, and its love of ?golf, will embrace this opportunity
and show support ?to
The last time Hillside hosted a European Tour event was in
1982 when Tony Jacklin won the Sun Alliance PGA Championship.
The British Open is one of several tournaments to be moved
among the 48 events planned for the 2019 tour.
The BMW PGA Championship moves from its regular May slot to late
September because of the rescheduled US PGA Championship.
Other changes include January’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
replacing the Open de France as a Rolex Series event, the French event also
moving from June to October.