The BMW Indoor Invitational at Royal Portrush

The European Tour is never shy to test out new things, be it a huge shot clock to incentivize a faster pace, or a new 6-hole team match format with a lot of background noise to attract new people to the sport.

Presumably the same folks came up with a new series of events which are somewhat driven by the fact that people are not able to go outside anymore to play golf following the rather strict COVID-19 rules and restrictions in every state of the world.

What that does is to facilitate Trackman’s functionalities together with a famous course that is played virtually. It’s a professional battle on different grounds than usually but it’s still active golf, playing indoors against a huge screen.

Clearly putting and bunker game is necessary to adapt for the virtual world, but it’s impressive how modern technology can cater to establish a very similar feeling to real life golf. Of course there will never be a real alternative to play outside on real courses but you get close to the feeling anyway when you don’t have access to a course or just simply are not allowed to play.

I believe this is a great way to entertain the golf fan masses, much more than these selfie-like pro tip videos that you saw lately. Personally I could pass on those if you’d ask me.

Oh and by the way, Connor Syme took the lead by two shots:

So what do you think of those virtual indoor tournaments? Yay or nay? And what did you do to get in golf shape this year during lockdown? Anything special to share?

Second European Tour Event scheduled in Germany for 2015

For years I was complaining about the small number of tournaments being played in Europe, compared to those which belong to the European Tour but are actually played elsewhere in the world. Of course South-Africa or the Middle East offer a better climate during the European winter time, but I always was under the impression that the Continent deserves more tournaments played on home soil.

logo ballWhen you check the tournaments page of the European Tour you realise that it’s not only Germany that only had one single event in their schedule. The same is true for classic golf destinations like England, Ireland, Wales or Spain, which is really not what it’s supposed to be. For years Germany had its BMW International Open in Munich (later alternating in Cologne) and that was it.

This is about to change! The 600,000+ German golf fans were delighted to read in the last days that the European Open will be brought back to life in Germany starting next year after a dormant period of 6 years. The Hartl Resort in Bad Griesbach in south-east Germany will host this prestigious event with an overall purse of €2m minimum. This is the first time that the European Open will take place outside the UK or Ireland.

“European Open”… well that’s music to my ears!

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