A FIELD of 29 European Tour players will take on Royal Portrush in the second event in the European Tour’s BMW Indoor Invitational.
Dutchman Joost Luiten won the inaugural virtual golf tournament – powered by Trackman – last Saturday.
Luiten is in the field once again and will comprise this week’s interactive feature group with Englishman Paul Waring.
The 2018 Nordea Masters winner is among the new additions to the field along with fellow European Tour winners Alex Levy and Wiltshire’s Jordan Smith.
They join a line-up which includes former World No. 1 and two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer.
They will take on Royal Portrush’s Dunluce Links. The Northern Ireland links course hosted the 148th Open Championship in 2019 – won by Shane Lowry.
He joined Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington as the only golfers from either side of the Irish border to lift the Claret Jug since Fred Daly’s famous win at Hoylake, in 1947.
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LUITEN has never recorded back to back victories in real life tournaments – but he has the chance to achieve the feat virtually this weekend.
Joost said: “I’ve been practising a bit indoors, probably once or twice a week during lockdown to keep the swing going.
“So it was fun to shoot six-under on the Old Course last week and win the inaugural BMW Tackman Invitational. Let’s hope that form continues!
“Royal Portrush is a great track. I played last year’s Open there and it was a good test, so hopefully the weather is a little bit kinder than what we had on Sunday.
“To play these types of famous golf courses, it’s just a lot of fun. That is the great thing with these indoor facilities.
“You can play any course you want, and I think that is really cool for everybody to experience.”
Tournament footage of the BMW Indoor Invitational series will once again be shown on the European Tour’s social media channels and at https://bmw.trackmaninvitational.com.
Fans can follow using #BMWTrackManInvitational. The winner will receive $10,000 to benefit a coronavirus charity or relief fund of his choice.
Waring far from wary about joining field of 29 European Tour players at ‘Royal Portrush’
PAUL Waring is looking forward to pitting his wits against fellow European Tour players using the online simulator.
Waring said: “It’s an innovation really. I have an indoor studio and use Trackman every week when I am away on Tour.
“So it’s a fantastic idea to introduce the tournament concept because a lot of the lads use the system as well already – so it is great to compete on it.
“I’ve had a little play with it. The short game element takes a little bit of getting used too, but it is one of those things you adapt to quickly as a player.
“I’m looking forward to it – looking forward to the competitive element and a little bit of banter along the way that we all love in sports as well – so can’t wait to get going.
“I’ve got some great memories of Royal Portrush. It was one of the first places I played when I came back from injury back in 2012 at the Irish Open – finished top 10 there.
“So it’s deeply burned into my memory and some real positives that have come from there,” added Cheshire’s former English Amateur Champion, who also captained England Boys before turning pro.
Footage of the BMW Indoor Invitational will be shown from 11am on the European Tour’s social media channels.
Check it out on Twitter: @europeantour
and at https://bmw.trackmaninvitational.com
After Royal Portrush, the European Tour players will tackle Golfclub München Eichenried, on May 23, Real Club Valderrama (May 30) and Wentworth Club (June 6).
Full field for second in BMW Indoor Invitational series
The full field of European Tour players at Royal Portrush includes:
1. Thomas Aiken
2. Adri Arnaus
3. Wil Besseling
4. Dean Burmester
5. Laurie Canter
6. Aaron Cockerill
7. Sebastian Garcia
8. Joachim B Hansen
9. Benjamin Hebert
10. Raphaël Jacquelin
11. Martin Kaymer
12. Maximilian Kieffer
13. Alexander Levy
14. Zander Lombard
15. Mike Lorenzo-Vera
16. Joost Luiten
17. Adrian Meronk
18. Wilco Nienaber
19. Mathieu Pavon
20. Damien Perrier
21. Kristoffer Reitan
22. Antoine Rozner
23. Matthias Schwab
24. Jason Scrivener
25. Jordan Smith
26. Connor Syme
27. Paul Waring
28. Jeff Winther