Sir Nick Faldo becomes long-term host of Betfred British Masters
- Six-time Major Champion to host the popular DP World Tour event at The Belfry
- Event assumes a new summer date of June 29 – July 2
Six-time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo will be the new long-term host of the Betfred British Masters which will return to The Belfry until 2026.
Six-time Major Champion @NickFaldo006 will be the new long-term host of the Betfred British Masters which returns to The Belfry until 2026. #BetfredBritishMasters pic.twitter.com/VxMEvidkgx
— British Masters (@british_masters) January 16, 2023
The Englishman – who received a Knighthood in 2009 for his services to golf – won the Masters Tournament three times and claimed three Claret Jugs for winning the Open Championship.
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 and 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.
This year will mark Betfred’s fifth year as title sponsor of the British Masters since coming on board in 2019 at Southport and the event has moved to a new summer date of June 29 – July 2. Tickets are available here.
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.
“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.”
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, and fans are urged to secure their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Click here to purchase.