Monday, 25 September 2017
The Hero Challenge line up   (European Tour)
The Hero Challenge line up (European Tour)

The four knockout matchups are set for the Hero Challenge as eight European Tour stars prepare to battle it out under floodlights on Tuesday September 26, two days before Close House hosts the British Masters supported by Sky Sports for the first time, from September 28-October 1.

The players will feature in seven quick-fire head-to-head knockout matches over a specially constructed par three hole at the venue near Newcastle upon Tyne, with the last man standing crowned champion.

The impressive field opens with Spanish flair as good friends and compatriots, Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia and 21-time European Tour winner Miguel Ángel Jiménez get the night’s proceedings underway, followed by Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who will take on another Green Jacket winner in England’s Danny Willett.

Tournament host Lee Westwood will hope he can get the local crowd behind him as he takes on five-time European Tour winner Ross Fisher in an all-English battle, with rising star Matthew Fitzpatrick taking on his Ryder Cup teammate and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer in the knock-out stages.

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 for fans in the North East.

The Hero Challenge Draw

Match One – Sergio Garcia v Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Match Two – Bernd Wiesberger v Danny Willett
Match Three – Ross Fisher v Lee Westwood
Match Four – Matthew Fitzpatrick v Martin Kaymer

The rivalry will not only be fierce amongst the professionals, with celebrities also set to take part in a separate nearest the pin competition, including Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, England cricketer Stuart Broad MBE and Gary Beadle from TV’s Geordie Shore.

All eight players 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.

Fans can watch the Hero Challenge for free with tickets available here and can purchase tickets to see Westwood, alongside Garcia and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House from September 28-October 1, 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.

For further information or to request a brochure call 01344 840 681 email enquiries@europeantourhospitality.com.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DUNNE, PaulIRL18-20
2MCILROY, RoryNIR18-17
3KARLSSON, RobertSWE18-16
T4FRITSCH, FlorianGER18-14
T4LINGMERTH, DavidSWE18-14
T4STORM, GraemeENG18-14

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