The UK is preparing for a bumper summer season of elite golf as the European Tour returns to these shores for the UK Swing, a series of six European Tour events held across the country over the course of six weeks.
The UK Swing begins on 22nd July with the British Masters and concludes on 30th August with the final day of the UK Championship.
With back-to-back events arriving to quench the thirst of UK golf fans starved of action during the Covid-19 pandemic, the experts at Golfbidder are here to tell you all you need to know about the UK Swing.
British Masters (22nd – 25th July, Close House Golf Club, Newcastle):
The 2020 instalment of the British Masters is being hosted by former world number one and 25-time European Tour winner Lee Westwood, at his beloved Close House Golf Club in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. With a prize fund of €1,250,000, the event is the biggest in the series and was won last year by Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult. Close House hosts the event for the second time in its short history, with Ireland’s Paul Dunne winning with a course record in 2017.
English Open (30th July – 2nd August, Marriott Forest of Arden, Birmingham):
The English Open returns to the European golfing calendar for the first time since 2002 and with €1,000,000 on offer, it promises to be a welcome reboot. The event has been won by some of the UK’s most heralded golfers, including Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood and the three-time record holding winner Darren Clarke. The Marriott Forest of Arden will host the event once again, having also played host to the British Masters in the past.
English Championship (6th – 9th August, Marriott Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire):
Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire plays host to the English Championship in the first week of August. What this newly created tournament lacks in history, it more than makes up for in prize money, with another €1,000,000 on the line. Expect to see some new British talent emerge from this one.
Celtic Classic (13th – 16th August, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport):
The next stop on the UK Swing roadshow is Newport in Wales, which gets its first taste of elite golf this year with the Celtic Classic, another new tournament held at Celtic Manor – one of the UK’s most historic golf courses. The event will be held in timely fashion, as Celtic Manor celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Ryder Cup, won by Europe.
Wales Open (20th – 23rd August, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport):
It’s back-to-back events at Celtic Manor as the Wales Open heads to the resort for the penultimate week of August. Founded in 2000, the event has been on a five-year hiatus having last been staged in 2014. Joost Luiten won that event, which returns with €1,000,000 and a number of British prospects eyeing up the prize.
UK Championship (27th – 30th August, The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield):
The UK Swing concludes with a one-off tournament called the UK Championship, which will be held at The Belfry, another prestigious course which has hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions, along with numerous European Tour events. Expect a big finish to the UK’s glorious summer of golf at one of the sport’s most revered venues.
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