Lee Westwood will take over as the rotating host of the European Tour’s British Masters, hosting the field at Close House club in England next October.
Westwood will assume duties as host from Luke Donald, who welcomed players to The Grove, including winner Alex Noren. Westwood finished third.
“I’m delighted to announce that I will be taking over as host of the British Masters from Luke next year,” said Westwood.
“I’m well connected with Close House, and I’m sure it will be a fantastic test of golf for the players coming up to the North East. The British Masters is back on the map and we should try to move it around the country a bit and let as many people as possible see it.”
Ian Poulter was host of the first year of its rebirth. Justin Rose is expected to host in 2018.
Westwood said he has some tweaks in mind for Close House, for which he has been the Tour Professional since 2011, to get the course ready for the event.
“Close House is not the longest golf course but it’s tricky in places, quite tight and very undulating,” he said. He continued, “I’ve got a few tweaks in mind for the golf course, putting a few bunkers in, taking a few out, putting a few tees in and everything is already under way. I was at the golf course the other day and you could probably hold the tournament there now. It’s always in fantastic condition, so I’m sure the players will enjoy it.