Top Names Set for British Masters


After weeks of somewhat thin starting fields, the European Tour welcomes back some of its top stars to the Marriott Forest of Arden for the 2004 Daily Telegraph Damovo British Masters.
South African Retief Goosen and Ireland's Darren Clarke headline the strong field alongside tour stalwarts Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal and one of Europe's hottest players in 2004 Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Giving chase to the veterans in Warwickshire, England, will be some of the young guns on tour in Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Trevor Immelman.
Each group showcases the past, present and future of the European Tour.
In Faldo, Montgomerie and Olazabal alone, the group has won a staggering 60 European Tour titles and eight major championships, not to mention Monty's seven straight Order of Merit titles from 1993 through 1999.
With Clarke and Goosen - while they don't come near those abovementioned credentials - the two represent half of the highest ranking European Tour players, along with Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington. In fact, Goosen and Clarke finished 1-2 in the final Order of Merit list from 2003 season.
And then there is the tour's growing list of young, supremely confident players who have been marked for European Tour greatest for years to come.
Casey, Poulter and Immelman can already boast of multiple tour wins and each is looking to make a big splash in one of golf's four majors.
Casey, just 26-years-old, played in his first Masters this year and made quite an impressive debut, finishing in a tie for 6th. The former Arizona State standout already has three European titles under his belt, including two last year.
Poulter, perhaps known more for his wild hairdo than his wonderful golf game, also had a pair of wins in 2003 and had a respectable tie for 31st finish at the Masters. He has won at least one European Tour title in each of the previous four seasons.
Immelman, the youngest of the bunch, recently added his second title with a successful defense of his South African Airways Open crown. He also notched a top 10 at the Dunhill Championship in late January.
Greg Owen of England will be back to defend the title he won last year, his first victory on tour.
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