Originally founded in 1946 and entitled ‘The Dunlop Masters’, The British Masters will be coming to The Grove in Hertfordshire, this year. As we, at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel, are only a short distance away (under ten miles away), we thought we’d celebrate some of the great sporting moments it has seen so far.
Great sporting moments of The British Masters
- The original great sporting moment for The British Masters was, of course, the very first time it was run. 20 players took part and the prize was split between Bobby Locke and Jimmy Adams – with each receiving £300.
- Youngest winner, Matthew Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick won the 2015 British Masters at the tender age of 21 years and 40 days. He scored 15 under par at Woburn Golf and Country Club, allowing him to take the youngest winning title from the 2002 winner, Justin Rose (21 years and 11 months)
- At the opposite end of the spectrum, the oldest player to win was Lee Trevino, who won at Woburn Golf and Country Club and was the grand ‘old’ age of 45! He was also the only Ryder Cup captain to win the title in his year of captaincy.
- Peter Baker secured the lowest 72-hole score in 1993, with a score of -266 (-22).
- In 1967 we had the first televised and live hold-in-one. This honour was bestowed upon Tony Jacklin. He managed it at the 16th hole of the Royal St. George’s course.
- Not all sporting moments however, are great for the players involved. In 1975 Graham Marsh was disqualified at Ganton Golf Club, Scotland, after he inadvertently recorded the wrong scores on his scorecard. Despite leading the field after two rounds, he realised to his horror that, although his overall score was correct, he’d marked one hole with a lower score than he’d taken.
The greatest (and most unusual) sporting moment has to be given to Tony Jacklin. He scored a different kind of hole-in-one at the 15th hole in the third round of The Masters in 1968 – when his ball landed in the pocket of a spectator!
If you’re looking to see first-hand, some great sporting moments at this year’s British Masters, why not book a room here at the Grim’s Dyke hotel? We’re under ten miles away from The Grove, so why not give us a call and book now, whilst there’s still availability!