Wil Besseling took the title in week three of the BMW Indoor Invitational powered by Trackman
Wil Besseling shot a four under par round of 69 to secure a two shot victory as the action in the BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan moved to Golfclub München Eichenried
The Dutchman finished top of a leaderboard featuring 31 European Tour players in the third of five events in the new series of virtual golf tournaments using the latest simulator technology.
Following his victory at the Bavarian venue, Besseling joins his countryman Joost Luiten in the virtual winner’s circle after his impressive win at St Andrews two weeks ago, and has claimed the first prize of €10,000 towards a charity of his choice.
WATCH: Highlights of Besseling's winning round
The 35-year-old opted to split the cheque between two charities that will benefit from the donation during the COVID-19 pandemic - Doneereenmondkapje.nl (Donate a Protective Mask), which supplies protective masks to frontline workers in the Netherlands, and Bake for Life, a charity close to his heart which creates jobs and sustainable incomes for people in Africa.
Besseling and the rest of the field, including former World Number One Martin Kaymer and last week’s BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan winner Connor Syme, competed virtually from their own homes in the one round, 18 hole stroke play event.
WATCH: Martin Kaymer and Max Kieffer go head to head
Tournament footage was shown on the European Tour’s social media channels and bmw.trackmaninvitational.com, with fans able to follow using #BMWTrackManInvitational.
Besseling opened his round with a bogey, however picked up two shots on the sixth and seventh before a second bogey of the day came on the eighth hole. He bounced back to birdied the ninth and the round picked up pace with an eagle on the 11th, plus birdies to follow on 12 and 14. Despite a third bogey on the 17th hole, it was enough to secure a two-shot win over last week’s winner Syme and Frenchman Alexander Levy, following their two under par rounds of 71.
“It’s a great initiative from the European Tour, BMW and Trackman to get together and organise something totally different compared to what we are used to with normal golf tournaments,” said Besseling.
“Virtual golf has been here for a while but not the way in which we have been using it at the moment. The last couple of months have been so different to any other period in my career and it has been really exciting to see what it is capable of because it is so realistic, the courses are incredible.
“To have the ability to host tournaments indoors, I was happy to see it as we could not leave our homes, so I entered straight away for all five weeks. I finished third and second in the first two weeks of competition, so really cool to get the win now, my first virtual win!
“I had a rough start. I got it going in the middle of the round and thought I still had a chance, so nice to have that feeling again. Even with it being indoors and being by yourself in a room, having a shot of being able to win something was exciting for me.”
INTERVIEW: Wil Besseling winner's interview
It’s a great initiative from the European Tour, BMW and Trackman to get together and organise something totally different compared to what we are used to with normal golf tournaments
Besseling was also pleased to be able to make a difference to two causes that are close to him for different reasons, with each of the five tournament winners in the BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan receiving $10,000 towards good causes of their choice.
“I am very happy to be helping out two charities by winning this week and hopefully changing people’s lives for the better,” he said. “Half of my donation will be made to Doneereenmondkapje.nl (Donate a Protective Mask), who are doing great things in the Netherlands. They donate the money they make to buy protective masks for hospital staff, healthcare workers, and those people delivering essential services to make sure they are all protected.
“The remaining $5,000 will go to Bake for Life. It is a different charity but also a great one where they open bakeries in Africa, creating jobs for people and selling bread to generate their own income. It started close to my hometown and I think it is a great initiative to help people in the world by not only giving them money but also creating jobs and helping them develop a sustainable living.”
INTERVIEW: Wil Besseling donates winnings to two charities
Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin and home favourite Kaymer finished tied fourth at Golfclub München Eichenried with a one under par round of 72. Englishman Laurie Canter and Frenchman Benjamin Hebert was then one shot further back.
Footage of the BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan is now available on the European Tour’s social media channels (Twitter: @europeantour; Instagram: @europeantour; YouTube: EuropeanTour) and via https://bmw.trackmaninvitational.com.
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BMW Indoor Invitational powered by TrackMan venues and dates:
Saturday May 9 - Old Course, St Andrews (Winner, Joost Luiten)
Saturday May 16 - Royal Portrush (Winner, Connor Syme)
Saturday May 23 - Golfclub München Eichenried (Winner, Wil Besseling)
Saturday May 30 - Real Club Valderrama
Saturday June 6 - Wentworth