The British Masters, one of the Tour’s oldest events, having been staged every year since 1946, has been dropped from this year’s European Tour schedule after the tournament’s sponsorship deal expired and no replacement was found.

The tournament had been scheduled for 17-20 September at The Belfry; the Austrian Open will move from 11-14 June to take its place.

The English Open at St Mellion was also cancelled earlier in the year. Due to a construction project in the area of the course and the event is expected to return to the European Tour in 2011.

The British Masters was first held at Stoneham Golf Club in 1946 and enjoyed a nomadic life before spending 10 years at Woburn from 1985-94.

England’s Peter Baker won with a tournament record 22 under par 266 at Woburn in 1993.

St Pierre in Monmouthshire also hosted the tournament on many occasions in the 1970s and early 80s.

Legends of the game such as England’s Tony Jacklin, Scotland’s Bernard Gallacher, Ireland’s Christy O’Connor Sr and Spain’s Seve Ballesteros, each recorded two wins at the event.

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