Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paisley out of Masters as He Heads Home for New Arrival

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paisley out of Masters as He Heads Home for New Arrival

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CHRIS Paisley has withdrawn from the British Masters championship and returned home to Florida for the arrival of his baby daughter.

The European circuit player from Stocksfield flew back to the US after playing in the Alfred Dunhill Championship over the weekend.

Paisley said: "Good luck to everyone playing in the British Masters, where I'm sure Justin Rose will do a great job as the 2018 host.

"I will miss the tournament, especially after returning to play in Europe, but very much look forward to welcoming baby Paisley's entrance into the world."

He added: "Sincere congratulations to Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark) for winning the Dunhill, which over the three courses - the Old Course, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie - is always a wonderful event, and a great favourite of mine.

"I was happy with my 69 in the final round, in rather rough conditions over the Old Course, but my triple-bogey eight at Carnoustie, and doublebogey six on the 12th at St Chris the Andrews were the killers. Overall, it was a pretty solid week, as in the first three rounds I was near to shooting sub-70 scores."

Lee Westwood, the touring professional at Close House, and a vicecaptain in the Ryder Cup, today tees off in the first round of the British Masters over the par-72, 7,406-yard Old Course at Walton Heath famous for its heathland heather, with difficult recovery shots from the rough. It has consistently been in the top 100 courses in the UK, having hosted high-profile events including the Ryder Cup and five European opens.

Westwood is paired in a Ryder Cup three-ball with captain Thomas Bjorn and fellow vice-captain Paidraig Harrington.

He was the popular host for last year's British Masters at Close House, and has made a magnificent contribution to European golf, winning 23 times on tour, playing in 10 Ryder Cup matches and in 2007 winning the British Masters at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield.

Host Rose also has an outstanding playing record. …

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