Sep 12th, 2017
4 players confirmed for Hero Challenge
At The British Masters
Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bernd Wiesberger and Danny Willett will join Lee Westwood under the lights when the Hero Challenge returns to the British Masters later this month.
They will go head-to-head over a specially constructed par three hole on Tuesday September 26 at Close House, two days before the venue near Newcastle upon Tyne hosts the British Masters for the first time from September 28-October.
The Hero Challenge will take place on the Tuesday night of the British Masters and will be televised live on Sky Sports from 7.30pm-9.00pm, and across the European Tour’s platforms.
Eight European Tour players will feature in seven quick-fire head-to-head straight knockout matches, with the last man standing crowned champion. Four celebrities will also be taking part in a separate challenge.
Fitzpatrick, who won the British Masters on the tournament’s return to the European Tour schedule in 2015, is looking forward to the match play knockout event, having made his Ryder Cup debut alongside Westwood and Willett last year at Hazeltine National.
“I’ve watched the last two Hero Challenge events and the guys have all said how fun it is, so it will be great playing in front of the British fans this year at Close House,” said Fitzpatrick.
Danny Willett will also be making his first visit to the North East since winning his Green Jacket last year: “Lee has done a brilliant job so far with the British Masters and I know that the Hero Challenge is going to be an amazing experience. The fans up North love their sport and with something different like this on the Tuesday night, the atmosphere is going to be electric, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there and challenging some of the other guys.”
Westwood added: “The Hero Challenge is another exciting element to the British Masters this year and I’m looking forward to being part of it. We’ve got a great field for the tournament itself and with Danny, Matthew and Bernd also taking part in the Hero Challenge, we’ve got a fantastic line-up for that too, so I’m sure the fans will really enjoy it.”