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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Let's All Go to the Belfry!

It's time again for the Belfred British Masters... and this year it's at the Belfry!

Defending champion Renato Paratore

The British Masters was off the European Tour schedule for a few years, from 2009 to 2014, but it returned in 2015 with a twist. Each year the event is hosted by a different British golfer and he gets to choose the course. And this year we get a real treat.

Danny Willett is the 2021 host and -- hooray! -- Danny chose the Belfry, which hosted the event from 2006 to 2008.

Look, the British Masters is one of those legendary events that has run for a long time -- the first playing was way back in 1946 -- but eventually the event lost its luster and no one wanted to sponsor it. The Belfry itself is a legendary course, perhaps best known to us Americans because of the four Ryder Cups that have been held there. In addition, the defending champion is Renato Paratore and the field looks to be pretty good as you would expect.

But I think the big news here is Danny's choice. Choosing the Belfry was a brilliant one and, even if this wasn't a legendary event, the venue alone should make you want to watch.

Chances are good that, by the time most of you read this post, the TV coverage will have already begun. GC's live coverage starts Wednesday morning at 8:30am ET. But GC is giving us FIVE HOURS of coverage so you should be able to catch at least some of it.

And why wouldn't you want to watch? They're playing at the Belfry, for heaven's sake!

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