2013 British Par 3 champion and European Tour winner Tommy Fleetwood will play at Nailcote Hall next week
2013 Champion Tommy Fleetwood Confirmed for British Par 3
Another star name has been added to the list for next week’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship in former winner Tommy Fleetwood.
Fleetwood, from Southport, won his maiden European Tour title at the 2013 Johnnie Walker Championship by beating Stephen Gallacher and Ricardo Gonzalez in a play-off at Gleneagles.
Five-time European Tour winner Constantino Rocca has also confirmed his entry to the 2016 British Farmfoods Par 3 Championship.
The Italian, who won the Ryder Cup twice in three appearances, is best known for his runner-up finish to John Daly at the 1995 Open Championship at St. Andrews where he holed a putt from the Valley of Sin to force the play-off.
He’ll be joined at Nailcote Hall by 2005 US Open winner Michael Campbell.
The Kiwi finished two clear of Tiger Woods at Pinehurst No. 2 to claim his first and only major championship.
The tournament takes place from the 26th – 29th July and this year’s playing will be the 83rd in the event’s history.
Two-time European Tour champion and Ryder Cup winner Edoardo Molinari has also added his name to the list.
Molinari became the first Italian and Continental European to with the US Amateur Championship in 2005 at Merion.
Edoardo said: “It will be a real honour to play in the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, I have heard so many great things about it and this year’s field is filled with some big names from golf, I am really looking forward to it!”
Matthew Hayes, Managing Director of event organiser Champions (UK) plc commented: “We are delighted that Edoardo has chosen to play at this year’s Championship and illustrates the ongoing growth of the event, we have a very strong field this year which includes: Open champions, US Open champions, Masters Champions, Ryder Cup winning players and captains, we are extremely proud to welcome Edoardo for the first time.
Just some of the big names who have taken part in the past include Tony Jacklin CBE, Ian Woosnam OBE, Paul Lawrie OBE, Sam Torrance OBE, Eddie Pepperell, Tommy Fleetwood, Marc Warren, Charley Hull and reigning Masters Champion Danny Willett.
The Championship will also welcome back former Ryder Cup player and 2015 British Par 3 Championship winner Barry Lane to defend his title this year.
As testament to the event’s success, the prize fund has been increased by 20% to a record €150,000, with the winner taking home a cheque for €50,000.
The event also plays host to two Celeb-Am days graced by some of the nation’s best loved TV and sports personalities.
Previous attendees include Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Peter Schmeichel MBE and Dwight Yorke, former F1 world champion Damon Hill OBE, Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, England football superstar Peter Shilton OBE, Ashes winning cricketers Matthew Hoggard MBE and Jonny Bairstow, and comedian Jasper Carrott OBE.
Register for free tickets on the new-look Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship website www.britishpar3.com.