Connor Syme wins virtual event on Royal Portrush course

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Syme and the rest of the field played a virtual 18 holes in Royal Portrush

The Scottish Connor Syme has won a tournament victory from his own home in the second virtual golf event organized by the European Tour.

Syme battled 28 players over 18 holes in Royal Portrush, which hosted the 2019 Open Championship, and shot an 8 under 64 to win with two shots.

He claimed the prize of 10,000 euros for two charities of his choice.

"Having the opportunity to make a difference with what is happening in the world is great," said Syme.

"I am honored to have won and have the opportunity to hopefully change the lives of a few people."

Following his win at the Northern Ireland venue, hosting the 148th Open Championship in 2019, Syme chose to split the check between two charities – FoodTrain, which provides meals to the elderly in Dundee, Scotland , and Hospice of the Valleys, a charity that provides palliative care.

De Schot released two shots. The English Lawrie Canter and the Dutchman Will Besseling, who jointly finished second.

Syme and the rest of the field, including former world number one, Martin Kaymer, competed for the left layout from their own home in one round, 18

Dutchman Joost Luiten won last week's first event at the iconic Old Course in St Andrews and three more are added to the new virtual golf tournament series, using the latest simulation technology.

"Seeing last week's scores, I didn't know exactly how I would do it, but it was great to get a good score around Royal Portrush," said Syme.

"I played solid on the front nine and then went crazy for a few holes ten through 14 – that was a cool run to continue.

" It was my first times when I participated in something like Trackman [technology] so I really had no idea what a good score would be, but I was very happy with the numbers. "

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