Olesen set to defend title at Betfred British Masters


Thorbjørn Olesen - Getty

Defending champion Thorbjørn Olesen is excited to return to The Belfry for the Betfred British Masters hosted by Sir Nick Faldo, from June 29-July 2.

The Dane produced an incredible eagle-birdie finish on the world-famous Brabazon Course to pip fellow Scandinavian Sebastian Söderberg to victory in front of a sold out 15,000-strong crowd in 2022, winning his sixth DP World Tour title by one stroke.

His victory last year was a springboard for further success and Olesen has been in imperious form at the start of the 2023 Race to Dubai. His seventh Tour win came at the Thailand Classic in February and he has not finished outside the top 20 in five appearances this season.


Olesen will be joined in the field by former champion and host of the tournament Justin Rose, who won in 2002 at Woburn and then hosted the event in 2018 at Walton Heath. Tickets are available to see the pair in action and are available to purchase here.

The 33-year-old is also looking forward to defending his title in front of Sir Nick Faldo, who was announced earlier this year as the new long-term host of the popular tournament.

“I can’t wait to return to The Belfry in defence of my title,” said the 2018 Ryder Cup player. “It had been a long time since my last win, so to get the job done on such an historic golf course in front of such a big crowd was an incredible feeling.

“It was such a rollercoaster of a final day, but I knew if I kept giving myself chances I would be able to take advantage. Seeing those putts drop on 17 and 18 was such a thrill and it was so special being able to share the moment with my family.

“It’s great to see the tournament has gone from strength to strength over the years. Danny Willett was a great host when the event moved to The Belfry and I’m excited to see what Sir Nick Faldo has planned for us when we arrive in June.”

Tournament host Sir Nick Faldo said: “Thorbjørn’s victory last year will live long in the memory and it was a thrilling finish in front of such a supportive crowd at The Belfry. I’m looking forward to welcoming him back and seeing him defend his title in June.”

The Betfred British Masters hosted by Sir Nick Faldo will be the DP World Tour’s 20th event held at The Belfry. The first tournament played at the Sutton Coldfield venue was the Lada English Golf Classic, won by the late, great Seve Ballesteros.

The Tour made a return to The Belfry after a 13-year absence in 2020, with the venue hosting a tournament each year since.

More than 50,000 spectators lined the fairways during last year’s Betfred British Masters, with a sold-out crowd of more than 15,000 fans witnessing Olesen’s victory on Sunday. Fans are urged to secure their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. General Admission tickets, as well as Ticket+ and Premium Experiences options, can be purchased here.

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