CLOSE HOUSE will be the venue for the return of professional golf to the calendar.

The European Tour is set to restart in July with five UK events, beginning with the British Masters at Close House.

The following four tournaments will be in the UK at Forest of Arden, Hanbury Manor and Celtic Manor, which will host two events.

The Masters was held at Close House three years ago and Lee Westwood will again host the event at the course owned by Graham Wylie, but it will be taking place a week earlier, on July 23 instead of July 30.

The event will be behind closed doors, and be televised live on Sky Sports. Almost 70,000 fans supported the event last time, the first European Tour tournament to visit the North-East in 15 years.

Close House is one of the chosen venues as it fits the criteria that accommodation is on-site to house the players, staff and officials needed to run the events during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is understood that around 400 people will be allowed onsite – and that includes players, caddies, media and European Tour officials.

Overseas players will be given advance notice to travel to the UK and be placed in quarantine before competing in the tournaments, which will have one million euro prize funds, much less than the European Tour’s Rolex Series tournaments.

The Telegraph is reporting that the British Masters will have a purse of £2m, and that there could be a two-day event before the British Masters.

Westwood is the first player to host the Betfred British Masters on more than one occasion following the tournament’s return to the European Tour’s schedule in 2015.

Ian Poulter was the first host at Woburn, followed by Luke Donald at The Grove in 2016, Westwood at Close House in 2017, Justin Rose at Walton Heath in 2018 and Tommy Fleetwood at Hillside in Southport last year.