The best photos from the week that was at Woburn Golf Club
The return of the British Masters after eight years was a huge success. Woburn Golf Club played host to the event that showcased the best of The European Tour, its players and British golf fans. Before we bid farewell to the event for another 12 months, we chose the best 15 photos from the British Masters.
Short Game Heaven
Along with three world class golf courses, Woburn Golf Club features one of the best short game areas anywhere in the world. Players were raving about it all week and the British Masters champion himself shared an Instagram video as he enjoyed the Tavistock Short Game Area. To get a better look, check out the video we produced on the final practice day.
Pictures of people taking pictures
European Tour Pro-Ams often bring together a rare group of pros, amateurs, celebrities and keen golfers. The British Masters pro-am was no different and Paul Lawrie couldn't resist asking his caddy to snap a photo of him standing with Scottish sporting legends Sir Jackie Stewart and Kenny Dalgleish. See how his caddie's photo turned out.
In a crowd
Where else in sport can you get this close to the action? Fans at Woburn Golf Club watch tournament host Ian Poulter chipping during the third round of the British Masters. The kid with the hat on looks less than impressed with the 11-time European Tour winner's technique.
The Poulter Pavilion
During the practice days, we tweeted this exclusive look inside the Poulter Pavilion that housed some VIP guests during the tournament. The decor had a very Ian Poulter/Union Jack feel and offered an incredible angle of play around the 18th green.
Pulling his hair out
Golf can be frustraing at times. Photographer Ross Kinnard caught this moment during the third round as Tyrrell Hatton gave that look that all golfers know. The Englishman had a good tournament however, carding three straight rounds in the 60s to finish inside the top 15.
A new British Master
Late on Thursday, Matt Fitzpatrick put the finishing touches on a wonderful opening round of 64. Ross Kinnard took this photo of the 21 year old waiting to putt on the 18th green in front of a poster of Donald, Poulter, Westwood. Little did he know in three days he would be waiting in the same spot ready to hole the winning putt.
A Donald Masterclass
In partnership with Sky Sports, players at the British Masters took part in various Masterclasses throughout the week. Luke Donald was the obvious choice for the putting clinic and was pictured here celebrating a 50 foot putt. In case you didn't realise, he is very, very good at putting.
The 12th hole
One of the signature holes at Woburn Golf Club is the 12th hole on the Marquess' course. At 303 yards it offers the risk-reward decision of either taking on the green or laying up short of the water. Unsurprisingly, fans flocked around this hole to see what players would do.
A low five
Photographer Andrew Reddington captured this cool moment as Shane Lowry high fived a young spectator during the final round of the British Masters. Lowry battled all week to a runner up finish but was never short of a smile or high five during his rounds.
The little master
Søren Kjeldsen looked almost unbeatable for much of the week. The 40 year old was a green-hitting machine. In three of the four rounds, he missed just one green in regulation. Andrew Redington was in position to take this photo of Kjeldsen on the 16th hole during the final round. This was the only green he missed on Sunday.
Many of the more than 57,000 spectators that attended the British Masters were keen to see the local boys. One of them, Luke Donald, was in good form all week and this photo caught the moment he thanked the crowd for their applause on the third hole during the final round.
A Sparkling Moment!
Moments after Fitzpatrick holed the winning putt on Sunday, his friends and family stormed onto the green to share in celebration. Here, the champion is being doused with sparkling wine by his friends.
My first title
The smile of a 21 year old that just won his first professional title. Matthew Fitzpatrick was the youngest player in the field at the British Masters but come Sunday evening he was the one holding the trophy, and smiling with pride.
Lifting the trophy
Our social media team at Woburn captured this great angle of Fitzpatrick lifting the British Masters trophy and smiling on the 18th green shortly after winning.
Dinner of a champion
Where did Matthew Fitzpatrick go for dinner after winning a cheque for more than €670,000? Subway of course. His friend Ted Brady tweeted this photo of Fitzpatrick and his brother Alex shortly after leaving Woburn.