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G-Mac gives Bridgestone Tyres winners a major cause for celebration

For the vast majority of amateur golfers, the chance to play with a major winning star and household name of the sport is a prospect too unlikely to ever contemplate.

G-Mac gives Bridgestone Tyres winners a major cause for celebration

But for a trio of Bridgestone DriveGuard Trophy winners, their wildest of dreams came true when they teed it up with 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell at the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, at The Grove.

Carl Broomfield, Peter Carr and Zack Rosen beat up to 20,000 amateurs across England by winning the tyre manufacturer’s amateur event, which engaged with up to 200 clubs this year.

The money-can’t-buy headline prize was a round of golf at the huge European Tour competition, which Bridgestone Tyres official partnered, and was eventually won by Swedish star Alex Noren.

Northern Irishman McDowell, who won the all-important point to clinch the Ryder Cup in 2010, was on hand to offer advice and tips to the three amateurs throughout the round.

Zack, playing off nine, said: “Graeme was a great bloke. He was really helpful throughout the round and settled us down. It was such a nerve-wracking experience stood on the first tee, but he was brilliant with us.”

Carl Broomfield, playing off five, added: “Graeme gave us tips during the round which were invaluable. They were memories that will last forever.”

Peter Carr, who plays off 18, said he was still pinching himself after sharing the course with ‘G-Mac’ for five hours.

“He was reading the greens for us, helping us line up our putts and was walking from tee to green with us, chatting away. He was an absolute gentleman. He was very down to earth, made us feel at ease and was encouraging us from the first tee to the last putt on the 18th green.”

All three players have been on a journey to remember with Bridgestone Tyres, initially winning their DriveGuard Trophy club events, before moving on to one of seven regional finals at Royal North Devon Golf Course.

After prevailing there, they then went on to participate in the final of the DriveGuard Trophy at Heythrop Park, for the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the first English based Challenge Tour event to take place in four years.

They comprised the winning pro-am team and then won the experience of a lifetime with McDowell at the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports.

The DriveGuard Trophy was named after an innovative new range of Bridgestone tyres called DriveGuard, which allow drivers to maintain control after a puncture and safely continue for 50 miles and speeds up to 50mph, or reach a safe destination to organise a replacement.

Bridgestone’s north region consumer sales and marketing manager Wim Belckx said: “We couldn’t have wished for a better professional than Graeme, who was so selfless and engaging with Carl, Zack and Peter.

“He was constantly providing assistance and encouragement on the course and thanks to that, our three winners can reflect on a round of golf to treasure forever.

“We wanted to engage with a number of amateur players and then offer them the chance to play at the very top of the game. That was a very important part of our sponsorship and we certainly achieved this – with the help of a European Tour legend.”

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