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The 2017 British Masters is set to happen in the North East this time after 45 years, with an estimated 50,000 fans flocking to Northemberland Close House.

The tournament would see around 140 players compete for the £3 million prize fund over four days. The eventual winner would receive £500,000.

Before the British Masters from September 28 to October 1, there is a Hero Challenge on Tuesday. The Hero Challenge would see 21-time European Tour winner Miguel Angel Jimenez, Masters winner Sergio Garcia, and others like Martin Kaymer, Bernd Wiesberger, British Masters host Lee Westwood, rising sensation Matt Fitpatrick, Danny Willett and Ross Fisher compete in the one-hole challenge.

On Wednesday, there is a planned Hero Pro Am event that would feature a lot of celebrities ahead of the British Masters kick off the following day. The event is one of the leading pro tournaments on the European Tour and it has been in existence since1946.

Former World number one Westwood is the touring pro golfer attached to Close House. Other world number ones like Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy have confirmed their participation at the event, which is expected to see heavy traffic.

The tickets for the Hero Challenge are free but the Pro Am event would cost around £15. The event proper for the British Masters ranges from £20 to £40 in ticket fees. There are concessions for young fans from 16-21 years and the elderly above 60. Under 16s are free if accompanied by a paying adult. There are various transport routes in place to manage traffic.