Justin Rose has announced that he will host the 2018 British Masters and has selected Walton Heath as the venue. The event will take place from 11-14th October.
Rose, who pushed Tommy Fleetwood all the way on the Race to Dubai, made the announcement on Sky Sports News and is already looking forward to the event that will take place in Surrey.
“I’m very excited to be hosting the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Walton Heath in 2018,” said Rose. “Walton Heath is a golf course I really, really enjoy playing, in fact, I love it. I went back to Walton Heath in the summer just to ensure I wanted to take the tournament there and I had forgotten how good a golf course it is."
“It has got teeth but it is traditional and hopefully the players will really enjoy it. Hopefully, we will assemble a strong field, get some good weather and we can host an amazing tournament next October."
The Olympic Golf Medalist also spoke about the honour of hosting the event whilst acknowledging the work done by previous hosts of the British Masters.
“It’s a huge honour to host the British Masters and to follow in the footsteps of three friends of mine, Ian, Luke and Lee. I’ve known for a while that I was next in line to host in 2018, so I’ve been watching carefully to see how the boys have done the hosting role.
“They’ve all done a great job and put their own stamp on it, and their own personality on it. They’ve all been very successful and the crowds have been great. This tournament has really created its own identity on the European Tour. The guys have left a pretty good blueprint for me. Hopefully, I can put some of my own touches here and there and continue that success.”
Walton Heath is delighted to play host to such a massive event. The British Masters is among one of the most popular events on the European Tour calendar with strong footfall throughout the tournament. Located just outside London and inside the M25, travel links to and from the venue will attract many.
David Newlands, Chairman of Walton Heath, said: “Walton Heath Golf Club is honoured to have been selected by the European Tour and the tournament host, Justin Rose, to be the venue for the 2018 British Masters supported by Sky Sports, thereby extending the club’s long and distinguished record of staging professional and amateur events of the highest quality."
“Our traditional heathland courses are amongst the finest in the world, and we are confident that the players, spectators and a global television audience will greatly enjoy the tournament.”