Luke Donald a great host, but did it distract him?
The British Masters is a great tournament revitalised by having great British golfers as the host for the week, Ian Poulter helped make the tournament last year at Woburn and Luke Donald was ever present this week, from the night golf on Tuesday that provided an unusual opportunity for golf course photography to the first class bunker clinic as part of the Master Class series.
He has been involved heavily with the tournament promotion in the run up to the event and has been the go to player all week. It my not have been the course for him but The Grove greenstaff have presented it in excellent condition. Missing the cut with disappoint him especially as Poulter scraped through last year but for Poulter it really was his home course, I think the same cannot be said this year. The open layout that requires length is not be a custom fit for Luke's game. The big crowd favourite this week has been Andrew Beeeef Johnson who has been high fiving spectators everywhere and encouraging the cheering from the crowd that has been heard all over the course. Beef is the chant that follows him everywhere and he returns the favour with smiles and plenty of birdies this week. The European tour needs more players like this..... but he has his US PGA card for next year, what a loss.
Richard Bland leads by one going into the weekend, but it will be a close contest with 25 players within 6 shots.
The crowds have been good for the first two days with many tickets distributed free of charge, we are set for a big weekend of golf, but unfortunately without the tournament host.