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Sky Sports British Masters: The story so far

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-10-08 22:00:33

This year's Sky Sports British Masters will be the fourth year the event has been staged since its resurrection to the European Tour in 2015.

Having been founded in 1946, the event was a regular fixture on the calendar until 2009, but returned after a six-year absence as the British Masters supported by Sky Sports in 2015 and has since produced some thrilling golf.

Ahead of this year's Sky Sports British Masters at Walton Heath, we take a look back at the tournament over the last three years.

2015 - Fitzpatrick's first win

Ian Poulter was the host for the returning tournament in 2015 as young Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick secured his maiden professional title in style with a two-shot win at Woburn.

Fitzpatrick capped a hugely successful week with a composed back-nine on the Marquess Course, holding off late charges from Shane Lowry and Fabrizio Zanotti to complete a wire-to-wire victory.

In a week where Sky Sports joined forces with the European Tour and focused heavily on driving young engagement for golf, it was fitting that the youngest player in the field should be crowned champion.

The 21-year-old, who led outright after an opening 64 and held a share of the lead after the second and third rounds, trailed for much of the final day until birdies at 11 and 12 lifted him back into the lead.

Fitzpatrick then displayed composure beyond his years as he opened up a two-shot lead with further birdies at the 15th and 17th holes either side of a brilliant par save from a greenside bunker.

He then had the luxury of three putts for the title, and he two-putted for only his third bogey of the weekend as he closed with a 68 to post a winning score of 15 under par.

2016 - Noren wins in the rain

Alex Noren survived a testing final day to clinch his third European Tour victory of the 2016 season with a two-shot win at The Grove.

After the start of the final round was delayed by torrential rain which flooded the greens and forced early scores to be scrapped, Noren overcame a mid-round stutter with birdies at two of the last four holes to fire a 69 for an impressive winning score of 18 under par.

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