Major champion Martin Kaymer and five-time European Tour winner Ross Fisher are the latest stars to join the exciting line up for the Hero Challenge, which returns to the British Masters supported by Sky Sports later this month.
German Kaymer, who counts the 2010 PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Open amongst his 11 European Tour titles, and fellow Ryder Cup player Fisher, of England, will join Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett and tournament host Lee Westwood under the lights on Tuesday September 26, to take on the European Tour’s one-hole knockout contest.
A total of eight European Tour players will go head-to-head over a specially constructed par three hole at Close House, two days before the venue near Newcastle upon Tyne hosts the British Masters supported by Sky Sports for the first time from September 28-October 1.
Two additional stars will be announced in the coming weeks to complete the Hero Challenge field as the British Masters returns to the North East for the first time in 45 years. The players will feature in seven quick-fire head-to-head straight knockout matches. The last man standing will be crowned champion, with celebrities including England cricketer Stuart Broad MBE, former Liverpool and England footballer Robbie Fowler and Gary Beadle from TV’s Geordie Shore, also taking part in a separate challenge.
The Hero Challenge will be televised live on Sky Sports from 7.30pm-9.00pm, and across the European Tour’s platforms, with free tickets to be there in person available here.
All six of the players confirmed so far will make their first appearance in the exciting knockout contest which debuted at last year’s British Masters at The Grove and returned earlier this year at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, where American Patrick Reed defeated Tyrrell Hatton in a close-run final. The final edition of 2017 is set to take place at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
I hear the fans in Newcastle love their sport, so hopefully we can put on an entertaining show for them – Martin Kaymer
Kaymer, who is returning to the British Masters for the first time since 2007, is looking forward to getting involved in the innovative Hero Challenge concept.
He said: “I’ve heard a lot about the Hero Challenge and it seems like a really fun way to start off British Masters week. It’s exciting to take on something completely different, and with the group of guys we have taking part I’m sure it will be very competitive. I hear the fans in Newcastle love their sport, so hopefully we can put on an entertaining show for them.”
Fisher is also relishing the new challenge, as he prepares to play in front of a home crowd once again. He said: “It’s fantastic to see the European Tour embracing different ways of bringing golf to fans, and I’m sure the crowd will create a brilliant atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to playing in front of British fans again, and trying out something totally different will hopefully make it a great week.”
Fans can watch the Hero Challenge for free with tickets available here and can purchase tickets to see Westwood, alongside Masters Champion Sergio Garcia and World Number 12 Alex Noren at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House from September 28-October 1, fans by clicking here.
Hospitality packages for The Colt Pavilion are also available. Prices for The Colt Pavilion, which will overlook the 18th hole at Close House, start at £275 + VAT per person.
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