The TrackMan is a tablet-sized device for data analysis and evaluating golf shots. It is placed behind the player and uses cameras and radar technology to accurately record such things as distance, club head speed and attack angle. To take part in the BMW TrackMan Open (1st May to 31st October), entrants must complete the “Combine Test”: 60 shots at a total of ten virtual targets, with a maximum score of 100 points.
In total, 5,378 participants from 71 nations submitted 10.388 Combine Tests in real time during the tournament period. The best result was achieved by Chris Killmer (USA) with a proud 94.0 points. This earned him the overall winner’s cheque for 50,000 US dollars. Each monthly winner received 5,000 US dollars in prize money.
The Ladies competition was won by Tzu-Chi Lin (TPE) with a score of 91.3 points. She was rewarded for her efforts with 25,000 US dollars. The monthly prize money in this category was 2,500 US dollars.
What makes the BMW TrackMan Open so special is the fact that amateurs can go head to head with the pros. 1,524 people from all over the world took this opportunity. The best amateur result of the 2,430 Combine Tests was submitted by Frida Kinhult, who achieved a score of 90.4 points. The Swede’s impressive performance earned her an invitation to play in the Pro-Am ahead of the 2019 BMW PGA Championship.
Among the best-known players to enter the 2018 BMW TrackMan Open were major winners Patrick Reed and Jason Dufner (both USA), as well as multiple European Tour winners Marcel Siem (GER) and Dylan Frittelli (RSA).