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Manchester Evening News: David Horsey on the British Masters
Article posted: 09 May 2019

It’s a shame that we probably don’t have the right place, in terms of course or infrastructure, to be able to host a tournament like this around Manchester. 

- David Horsey

The Betfred British Masters is one that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Hillside is just outside Southport and it’s only really an hour from home which is as close as it gets to me on the European Tour so it’s exciting. 

My girlfriend is from Southport so I’ll have a bit of a clan from there and a few from home coming to watch – not the whole fan club but more than I had in Morocco! 

I think about how I structure my week so I played Monday and then spent a couple of nights at home and came up again yesterday. Mondays are generally quiet, and you can do your own thing, but Tuesdays get busier and you can find yourself playing in a four-ball in a practice and you come off and realise you’ve been chatting and not got you work done. 

I’m happy to isolate myself a little bit from that and do what I need to. It’s also nice to have those home comforts for an extra couple of nights and be relaxed and roll into Thursday.

I’ve played the course a bit over the years but not as often as you might think. I’ve come a couple of times over the last few weeks and I think I know well enough where to go. It’s nice to be playing Links golf again too. 

It’s all about holing putts here. I grew up playing on these sorts of greens and hopefully that can be an advantage for me and putting is a traditional strength of mine. It’s not too tricky off the tee but you’ve still got to hit it in the right spots and be patient around here. 

There was doubt that there would be another British Masters this year but it’s strange that we don’t have more tournaments in England because we can guarantee the spectators and it will get good viewing figures. 

It’s a shame that we probably don’t have the right place, in terms of course or infrastructure, to be able to host a tournament like this around Manchester. 

Tommy Fleetwood hosting the tournament has been fantastic. He’s from Southport originally and that’s why we’re there. People around the country can really relate to him and that’s a big thing for the sport as a whole, not just this week. I’m sure Tiger Woods winning The Masters will also get a few more interested. 

It’s all about getting people back into golf or getting people to try it for the first time and hopefully we can manage that this week and show that the sport can have a positive future. 

As a Manchester United fan it’s not really the best time to be on Merseyside. You can’t help but admire what they did against Barcelona – even through gritted teeth – but for everything they’ve done this year they could still come away empty handed.

Anyway at least the tournament will be over by the time the final games kick off on Sunday! 

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