With the British Masters on the brink of extinction, Tommy Fleetwood has reportedly saved the day.
According to a report from the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the Englishman has offered to host the 2019 edition of the event after it appeared in danger of being eliminated from the European Tour schedule.
Once one of the biggest events in Europe, the British Masters was not held between 2009-14. But it was revived in 2015 under a model where notable British players served as tournament host, beginning with Ian Poulter and including Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
That trend continued earlier this month, when Justin Rose hosted the event at Walton Heath that was eventually won by another Englishman, Eddie Pepperell. But with the European Tour on the verge of releasing its revamped 2019 itinerary, all signs were pointing to the British Masters once again ending its run.
But Fleetwood, who is ranked No. 11 in the world and coming off a starring performance at the Ryder Cup, has reportedly offered to host the tournament at Hillside, which is adjacent to Royal Birkdale and near Fleetwood’s home town of Southport in northwest England.
While the tournament has been played near the end of the season since returning in 2015, it is reportedly expected to shift to May next year and be played the week before the PGA Championship.