A meeting of golfing masters.

The BMW Masters.

The BMW Masters is the latest member of the BMW tournament family. A world-class field assembled at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai for the first time in October 2012 to fight it out for a share of the 7 million US dollars of prize money. The tournament follows in the tradition of the BMW Asian Open, which was held for the last time in 2008 – also in Shanghai – and formed the basis for BMW’s commitment to golf in China. Since 2013, the BMW Masters is the opening tournament of the European Tour's prestigious Final Series.
2014 BMW Masters Highlights
2014 BMW Masters Highlights
At the start of the European Tour Final Series international top golfers met at the BMW Masters. The tournament is also a social highlight in Shanghai and treated BMW customers and guests to a host of impressive side events. Once again, the BMW Masters has been a spectacular and exciting tournament, with a record crowd of 48,000 spectators.

2014 Recap

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Germany’s Marcel Siem produced the shot of his life to claim victory in a three-man play-off against Alexander Levy, of France, and Ross Fisher, of England, at the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren – the coveted first event of the European Tour’s Final Series.

Siem, who started the final day trailing Levy by five strokes, had a two-metre putt for victory in regulation play, but pushed the ball wide of the hole. Undeterred, he then compensated for his missed chance by spectacularly chipping in for a birdie at the first extra hole, the 18th, with his rivals on the green and waiting to putt. Neither player could match him.

It was a thrilling climax to a week that attracted 47,900 spectators and finished bathed in sunshine. Put simply, Siem made hay while the sun shone. It was his fourth win on the European Tour.

Levy, who was a staggering 22 under par for 54 holes, seemed to let nerves get the better of him in the final round. After dropping shots at three of the first nine holes, he found himself sharing the lead with Siem and having to fight for all his worth. The Frenchman got himself back into the lead, but surrendered it to Siem at the 16th, only for the German to drop shots at the final two holes with victory in his grasp.

On the inward half, the course turned from benign to malign as a strong wind played havoc. For the first time, players were dropping shots rather than picking them up. Fisher set the clubhouse lead on 16 under par and let the leaders come back to him. After starting the round 11 strokes off the lead, the Englishman may have thought this was to be his day. Siem, though, had other ideas.


Opening Show Event and "BMW i8 vs. Tandem"

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The opening shots were fired in the build-up to the BMW Masters on Tuesday, when two of China’s leading players claimed the bragging rights over Europe Ryder Cup stars Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson in a friendly nearest-the-pin contest.

Donaldson, who claimed the winning point for Europe in the Ryder Cup match against the United States at Gleneagles last month, was closest to the pin for the Europeans, but Wu Ashun, twice a winner on the Japan Tour, and rising star Li Hao-Tong were equal to the challenge, with Li getting his ball to within 1.2 metres of the hole. In a press conference prior to the ‘shootout’ Mr Karsten Engel, President and CEO of BMW Group Region China kicked-off the BMW Masters

The next day, three Ryder Cup stars and one of China’s top golfers rose to a fun challenge on the eve of the BMW Masters. Ian Poulter and Wu Ashun felt they made an unbeatable partnership in the electrifying BMW i8, but they had not reckoned on the fearsome fighting spirit of rivals Justin Rose and Paul McGinley.

In competitive terms, it looked like a non-starter. For while Poulter and Wu were able to call on plenty of horse power in their plug-in hybrid sports car, Rose and McGinley had nothing but pedal power to rely on. Their mode of transport? A tandem. It is amazing what determination and cunning can do. With McGinley relying on the tactical skills he used in captaining Europe to a resounding victory over the United States at Gleneagles, the ‘race’ was anything but a foregone conclusion.

So while Poulter and Wu had plenty of speed to call on, Rose and McGinley had all the guile. After all, a bike doesn’t have to stick to the road does it? You could say that one team took the ‘high’ road, the other took the ‘low’ road. In the event, a dead heat seemed a fair result. For Poulter and Wu there was a little disappointment. But for Rose and McGinley it was Joy unconfined.

Knowing that a draw was not what any of the players wanted it was decided to settle matters with a nearest-the-hole shootout from a bunker at the 18th. All four players hit their ball at the same time and Wu emerged triumphant after finding the hole.

2015 BMW Masters

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The BMW Masters and Turkish Airlines Open – the first and third of the Race to Dubai’s Final Series events – have agreed to swap dates in 2015 due to the staging of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, on November 15 and 16 next year.

Thanks to the co-operation of BMW, and their willingness to accommodate the date switch, the Turkish Airlines Open will now be the first event of The Race to Dubai’s 2015 Final Series, from October 29 – November 1, with the BMW Masters to be played a fortnight later at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, from November 12-15.

Dr Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, says: "The development of the BMW Masters and golf in China is impressive. A world-class tournament in China and Asia is an important cornerstone for us – and will remain so in the coming years. The tradition, yet innovation represented in the sport of golf are values which are also perfectly reflected in the BMW brand."

As soon as tickets are available for the 2015 BMW Masters, you will find out here.