Lee Westwood hits balls in front of world-famous Tyne Bridge
· Triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards and former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper joined former World Number One in Tyne Challenge
· Footage can be downloaded via https://we.tl/qIXEvxvX8D
Lee Westwood showcased his golfing skills on the River Tyne yesterday (Monday 04 September) ahead of bringing the British Masters supported by Sky Sports to Close House later this month.
With just three weeks to go until the tournament returns to the North East for the first time in 45 years, host Westwood hit balls into a floating green moored 100 yards out on the River Tyne.
The Ryder Cup legend was joined by two local famous faces for the stunt which took place at Royal Naval Reserve unit HMS Calliope – triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards and former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper.
The Tyne Challenge was the latest innovative way Westwood has promoted the British Masters, which takes place at Close House – where he has been the Touring Professional since 2011 – from September 28-October 1, with Edwards and Harper among the celebrities taking part in the Hero Pro-Am on Wednesday September 27.
The Hero Pro-Am will see professionals and celebrities take to the green at Close House in aid of the tournament’s official charity the Graham Wylie Foundation, which was set up by Close House’s owner to inspire and educate children across the North East.
Last week, Westwood made a special guest appearance at halftime during Newcastle United’s Premier League 3-0 win against West Ham United at St James’ Park, joining former Magpies striker Andrew Cole in a ‘footgolf’ challenge.
The city will be the backdrop for the Great North Run on Sunday and later this month it will then welcome another major sporting event when Close House hosts the British Masters, which features an impressive line-up including Masters Champion Danny Willett, defending champion Alex Noren and Major Champions Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Danny Willett.
Tickets for all four rounds are available to buy here, along with tickets for the Hero Pro-Am and the Hero Challenge, also featuring Westwood, which takes place on the Tuesday night before the tournament.
Westwood said: “The Tyne Bridge is an iconic landmark so hitting shots in front of it was a unique way to promote the British Masters. I guess it’s my job to hit greens but they don’t tend to be floating ones, so I was pleased to hit a few on there as it was moving a fair bit!
“We’re getting close to the tournament now – it’s only a few weeks away and everybody is really looking forward to it. It’s great to be holding such a prestigious event in this part of the world and we’re excited to be welcoming everyone to the North East at the end of the month.
“Last week Andrew Cole and I were putting at St James’ Park and this week I’m hitting balls by the Tyne Bridge, so I’m certainly enjoying the role of tournament host. Ian Poulter has hosted the event, followed by Luke Donald and now it is my turn. It’s good to get the players involved and people have been really supportive.
“Hopefully everyone will come out and support the tournament. It’s a great opportunity for people in the region to come to Close House and see world class golf on their doorstep.”
Tickets for all four rounds of the tournament from September 28-October 1 can be still be purchased here, as can tickets for the Hero Pro-Am on Wednesday September 27.
Hospitality packages for The Colt Pavilion are also available for the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. Prices for The Colt Pavilion, which will overlook the 18th hole at Close House, start at £275 + VAT.
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