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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The European Tour Goes Virtual

What else can I say? This is just SOOO cool!

With the various tours looking for ways to get golf back to the masses, the European Tour came up with a way to play virtual events. The BMW Indoor Invitational will play five 18-hole events using Trackman course simulators so the players can compete from their homes. The winners of each event will win $10k for their selected charities to help fight COVID-19.

A Trackman simulator

The "field" consists of five players -- Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Joost Luiten and Mike Lorenzo Vera. And the events will be played (simmed?) on five well-known courses:
  • May 9: St. Andrews (Old Course)
  • May 16: Royal Portrush
  • May 23: Golfclub München Eichenried
  • May 30: Real Club Valderrama
  • June 6: Wentworth
The European Tour will be broadcasting the event on their social channels, but you can also go to the official site at this link. This should be one of the more interesting sporting experiments to be attempted during this pandemic.

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