British Masters Golf Tournament: History, Winners, and Future Dates

Paul Dunne celebrates with caddie Darren Reynolds after chipping in on the final green at the 2017 British Masters tournament.
Paul Dunne celebrates with his caddie after capturing the crown at the 2017 British Masters.

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The British Masters golf tournament is a European Tour event played in the United Kingdom. It predates the European Tour, tracing its history to 1946 when it premiered as the Dunlop Masters, and has been part of the European Tour since the Tour's founding in 1972.

The British Masters was discontinued in 2009 when it lost its title sponsor. It was then re-established in 2015 and has been played annually since.

Fast Facts: British Masters

  • Description: The British Masters is a professional golf tournament on the European Tour. It is four rounds (72 holes) of stroke play, with a prize fund of £3,000,000. It is played annually.
  • Key Players: Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Eddie Pepperell, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Luke Donald, Paul Dunne
  • Start Date: May 9, 2019
  • End Date: May 12, 2019
  • Location: In 2019, the location is Hillside Golf Club in Southport, England.
  • Fun Fact: The first hole-in-one captured live on British television was scored by Tony Jacklin in the 1967 British Masters.

Tickets to the British Masters

Tickets are available from the European Tour ticket office, which can be reached by phone in the UK at 01344 840550 and outside the UK at +44 1344 840550. Interested fans can also email tickets [at] europeantour [dot] com for information.

Tickets may be available at the gate on tournament days, but organizers recommend purchasing in advance. To do so, visit the British Masters ticketing website. Note that any tickets available at the gate will be higher priced than those purchased in advance.

Ticket options range from single-day passes to five-day passes (Wednesday pro-am day plus four tournament rounds). Discounts are available for juniors and seniors.

Tournament Golf Courses

The British Masters rotates each year to a new golf course. Since it was re-established in 2015, the tournament has visited only golf courses in England.

In 2019, that course is Hillside Golf Club in Southport, England, on the Irish Sea coast. It's a par-72, 6,953-yard links course that opened for play in 1911. It's tucked between Royal Birkdale Golf Club on its north and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club on its south.

During its history, the British Masters has visited many of Britain's finest courses, including several venues where it spent multiple consecutive years, like The Belfry and Woburn Golf and Country Club. The tournament has also been played at some of the Open rota courses, including Royal St. George's, Royal Birkdale and Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Tournament Records

The current scoring record for 72-hole stroke total in the British Open is 260, established by Paul Dunne in his 2017 victory. Dunne's total bettered the previous record by a whopping six strokes.

The current scoring record in relation to par is 22-under-par, set by Peter Baker in his 1993 win. Baker set another mark in that win with the largest margin of victory (seven strokes) in the tournament's European Tour era.

Since the British Masters became a European Tour event in 1972, four golfers share the record for most wins with two each: Bernard Gallacher (1974-75), Greg Norman (1981-82), Ian Woosman (1983, 1994) and Seve Ballesteros (1986, 1991).

Winners of the British Masters

Tournament champions by year, with winning scores (p—won in a playoff):

2018 — Eddie Pepperell, 279
2017 — Paul Dunne, 260
2016 — Alex Noren, 266
2015 — Matthew Fitzpatrick, 269
2009–2014: No tournament
2008 — Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano-p, 276
2007 — Lee Westwood, 273
2006 — Johan Edfors, 277
2005 — Thomas Bjorn-p, 282
2004 — Barry Lane, 272
2003 — Greg Owen, 274
2002 — Justin Rose, 269
2001 — Thomas Levet-p, 274
2000 — Gary Orr, 267
1999 — Bob May, 269
1998 — Colin Montgomerie, 281
1997 — Greg Turner, 275
1996 — Robert Allenby, 284
1995 — Sam Torrance, 270
1994 — Ian Woosnam, 271
1993 — Peter Baker, 266
1992 — Christy O'Connor Jr., 270
1991 — Seve Ballesteros, 275
1990 — Mark James, 270
1989 — Nick Faldo, 267
1988 — Sandy Lyle, 273
1987 — Mark McNulty, 274
1986 — Seve Ballesteros, 275
1985 — Lee Trevino, 278
1984 — No tournament
1983 — Ian Woosnam, 269
1982 — Greg Norman, 267
1981 — Greg Norman, 273
1980 — Bernhard Langer, 270
1979 — Graham Marsh, 283
1978 — Tommy Horton, 279
1977 — Guy Hunt, 291
1976 — Baldovino Dassu, 271
1975 — Bernard Gallacher, 289
1974 — Bernard Gallacher-p, 282
1973 — Tony Jacklin, 272
1972 — Bob Charles, 277
1971 — Maurice Bembridge, 273
1970 — Brian Huggett, 293
1969 — Cobie Legrange, 281
1968 — Peter Thomson, 274
1967 — Tony Jacklin, 274
1966 — Neil Coles, 278
1965 — Bernard Hunt, 283
1964 — Cobie Legrange, 288
1963 — Bernard Hunt-p, 282
1962 — Dai Rees, 278
1961 — Peter Thomson, 284
1960 — Jimmy Hitchcock, 275
1959 — Christy O'Connor Sr., 276
1958 — Harry Weetman, 276
1957 — Eric Brown, 275
1956 — Christy O'Connor Sr., 277
1955 — Harry Bradshaw, 277
1954 — Bobby Locke, 291
1953 — Harry Bradshaw, 272
1952 — Harry Weetman, 281
1951 — Max Faulkner, 281
1950 — Dai Rees, 281
1949 — Charlie Ward-p, 290
1948 — Norman Von Nida, 272
1947 — Arthur Lees-p, 283
1946 — Jimmy Adams and Bobby Locke (tie), 286