Hard-hit European Tour announces BMW Indoor event

The European Tour has always prided itself on its worldwide schedule, however that strength quickly became its weakness as the coronavirus took hold across the globe.

As the 2020 tournament schedule was decimated by postponements and cancellations, the Tour needed to look outside the box for a quick fix and, at least for now, it seems virtual golf is the answer.

Bernd Wiesberger, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood Bernd Wiesberger, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood (Credit: European Tour)

The all-new BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan will consist of five 18-hole strokeplay tournaments played virtually on some of Europe’s most iconic golf courses.

Players including 2-time major champion Martin Kaymer, Joost Luiten, Mike Lorenzo Vera, Lee Westwood and Bernd Wiesberger will compete against each other from their homes with each tournament winner receiving $10,000 to put towards their chosen charity or relief fund.

Each player will compete remotely between Monday and Wednesday weekly with all the action compiled and released on the European Tour’s social media channels each Saturday through until June 6th.

Featured courses will include St Andrews, Old Course, Royal Portrush, Golfclub München Eichenried, Real Club Valderrama and Wentworth.

“While the absolute priority for all of us has been, and continues to be, public health and well-being, we also recognise that golf fans are missing watching the leading players compete,” said Rufus Hack, the European Tour’s Chief Content Officer.

“Hopefully, the BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan can help fill the void and provide our fans with some entertainment across the next five weeks whilst also benefitting charities or relief funds which have been so essential in the battle against Coronavirus.”