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  • New MAX Control Putters

    16 Oct 2012

    Improve your putting with the newest addition to the MAX virtual golf equipment line, the MAX Control Putters.

    These sleek new putters feature the maximum amount of control with more swing meter increments and greater precision, helping you make more putts, especially those 10 footers!

    New MAX Control Putter for Amateur+ Players

    New MAX Control Putter for Master+ Players

    Available in the Pro Shop now.

  • More WGT Players Join Winners Circle

    15 Oct 2012

    WGT players continue to win great prizes from various online golf tournaments on World Golf Tour. Here are some more recent winners who have won amazing golf trips, gift cards and other WGT prizes…

    Visit Pinehurst Challenge
    Winner: SlicerSwing3rd
    Prize: SlicerSwing3rd was the lucky sweepstakes winner, chosen at random, for a golf trip for two to the historic Pinehurst Resort – including hotel, airfare and three rounds of golf.

    WGT Kiawah Championship
    Winner: BolloxInBruges
    Prize: BolloxInBruges was the leaderboard winner, qualifying in the first round to make the second round cut, and having the best combined score of 170 at the end of this free tournament. The prize is an amazing golf trip for two to Kiawah Island, including airfare, hotel and golf.

    WGT Bethpage Championship
    Winners:

    1. dud_doodle
    2. Penners
    3. dansamcam
    4. JCOlson
    5. PRIESTESS
    6. Funkyjunkie3000
    7. AllyKennedy
    8. BradySeven
    9. Hanswurst72
    10. genorb

    Prizes: After two rounds of play, these top 10 combined score leaderboard winners won Amazon Gift Cards, based on their final ranking.

    The WGT Cup

    Winners:

    1. Madbg
    2. mihmariaci
    3. villadeoro

    Prizes: These top three finishers in The WGT Cup during the Ryder Cup won extra Team USA or Team Europe virtual golf ball prizes, in honor of the Team USA vs. Team Europe competition.

    Congratulations to all of our winners, we’ll continue to keep announcing them as we verify and confirm them.

    For your chance to win, visit the WGT Tournaments page!

  • Golf And Turkey: Who Knew?

    15 Oct 2012

    Contributed by John Hopkins for GlobalGolfPost

    Merhaba. That’s what they say to one another by way of greeting in Turkey. Merhaba or hello.

    The buzz word in golf at the moment is momentum. And momentum right now is with Turkey, where big tournaments, ama­teur and professional, have been staged for the past three weeks.

    First came the Espirito Santo, the women’s world amateur team champion­ship in Antalya on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. This was followed by the Eisen­hower Trophy, the men’s equivalent at the same venue. Last week, it was the turn of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, an eight-man spectacular involving Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, among others, playing at a medal-matchplay format with a purse of $5.2 million and a first prize of $1.5 million. There were posters all around Antalya: “Masters meet in Turkey. Tiger v Rory.”

    As if this wasn’t enough, midway through the matchplay event the European Tour and the Turkish Golf Federation an­nounced that from November 7-10 next year the Turkish Open will take place at the Montgomerie course for a purse of $7m and a field of 78 players. Significant­ly, this event will be immediately before the season-ending Race to Dubai World Championship, which could be the start of an end of season series of events on the European Tour to rival the FedEx Cup in the US.

    “For years the PGA Tour in the US has been drumming into us that we need new venues and new countries,” Chubby Chan­dler, the promoter of the matchplay event and the Turkish Open, said. “Now we are.”

    What was it we knew Turkey for? Turkish baths, Turkish Delight (note: a sugar-coated jelly sweet), Turkish coffee, cold turkey, turkey shoot. Now, it’s golf in Turkey. They’re trying to make a country that has fewer than 6,000 golfers and not even 25 golf courses, a Turkish delight.

    The reason for this is a forthcoming Olympics. Istanbul, Turkey’s second city, is bidding to be the host city for the 2020 Games. Madrid, one of the other candi­dates, is surely out of the race because of Spain’s well-documented financial woes. Tokyo has already held the sum­mer games (and Sapporo in that country the winter games). This leaves Turkey and Istanbul in prime position, which is why Turkish Airlines put up perhaps $15 million to stage the World Golf Final and why Turkey is blowing its own trumpet so loudly at present.

    “We believe our bid is strong because Turkey has become one of the strongest economies in the world in the past de­cade,” Suat Kilic, Minister for Youth and Sports, said. “More importantly, Turkey hosted a number of huge events in this time frame and, furthermore, it proved to the world what it is capable of as a country by way of making the best of these events.”

    In Belek in Antalya there is a 15-mile strip of land adjoining the Mediterranean that has been turned into something of a golfers’ paradise, and attracts 135,000 golfers each year, mainly from Germany, the UK and Scandinavia.

    “It’s the only compact golf venue in the world,” Ahmet Agaoglu, president of the Turkish Golf Federation, said. “There are 15 courses on a 15-mile coastline and 52 four-star hotels. Not bad, eh?” At that, Agaoglu, who has the slight build and flat stomach of a former 800m runner (“my best time was 2.04. Even the turtles can go faster than that nowadays.”) gave a satisfied smile.

    David Jones, the former European Tour player, has had a hand in the design of many of the courses on this stretch of golfing territory.

    “You used to be able to fly to Antalya, drive down to Belek and go along the road and to the right there was nothing, not even a rusty old shed,” Jones said. “Now, you need only a wedge to hit a ball from Tat to Novila, a distance of 15 miles, and only in one place, from the Montgomerie course to the Gloria course, would you need any club longer than a wedge.

    “Of the 14 courses, eight are Tour stan­dard,” he added. “You’d have to go a long way to find so many good courses in such a small space of land.”

    For pure golf, the only areas that match it are those in the Sand Belt in Melbourne, Australia, the Lancashire coast in Eng­land, and the west coast in Scotland.

    For all this enthusiasm for golf though, the past few weeks in Turkey haven’t gone as well as the enthusiastic (some­times over-enthusiastic) members of the host nation would have wished. There have been the continuing rumbles of trouble with Syria, 500 miles away, and on Wednesday night a Syrian plane en route from Moscow to Damascus was forced down and detained at Ankara airport.

    In an embarrassing incident, Agaoglu got involved in a scuffle with photogra­phers. And then it rained very heavily and one day’s play in the match­play event had to be abandoned barely one week after one day’s play had been wiped out in the Eisenhower Trophy.

    Suddenly, the future of golf in Turkey did not seem quite so rosy as it had at the start of the week. As anyone who has overseen the growth of a child knows, the first steps are the most difficult.

    Gule gule (good-bye).

    PHOTO: Getty Images

  • WGT Email Settings

    12 Oct 2012

    We've been expanding the options to help you manage the email that you receive from WGT.

    The latest is the ability to control the Free Credit Confirmation emails that are sent when you receive WGT credits from surveys, videos or offers on WGT. As a courtesy, WGT has opted-out all players from those Free Credit Confirmation emails, so if you want to continue receiving them, just visit your Account page and opt-in for that or any of the other emails below.

    Account Page Email Settings

    • Receive WGT updates and news - about new game features, equipment and special offers (typically 1 per week)
    • Receive special offers from WGT partners - special offers from WGT partners (typically 1 per month)
    • Receive challenges from friends - emails from your WGT friends challenging you to beat their score to win credits
    • Receive emails from my country club - emails sent from your WGT country club
    • Receive emails from my country club owner - emails from the owner of your WGT country club
    • Receive free credit confirmations - emails confirming free WGT credits earned from surveys, videos of offers

    Note, If you are a registered user of WGT, you automatically receive other transactional emails about your use of WGT, and you will not be able to opt-out of receiving those transactional emails. See Privacy Policy for details.

  • New Features from World Golf Tour

    10 Oct 2012

    Below are the latest features just added to the World Golf Tour golf game, including new Congressional hole locations, multi-round CTTH tournaments and improved Uneven Lies, and new in the Pro Shop are the MAX CONTROL Putters, MAX METER Vapor Balls, English Avatars and a new WGT Baseball virtual golf ball...

     

    New Congressional Hole Locations

    We've added a new set of hole locations on Congressional, site of the 2011 U.S. Open, creating exciting new shots and new challenges. Be the first to play all the new hole locations in the Congressional free monthly tournament.


    New Multi-Round CTTH Tournaments

    WGT tournaments can now include multiple rounds and cut lines for both stroke play and closest-to-the-hole events. Play in the October Multi-Round CTTH free tournament with rounds on St Andrews and Wolf Creek.


    Improved Uneven Lies

    Check out the more realistic, but still challenging shots from uphill, downhill and sidehill lies, as well as improved chipping and sand shots from uneven lies. Note, we're still working on improving the left-to-right distance and flight path, so Uneven Lies is still for practice games only, but let us know what you think.

     

    New MAX Control Putter

    Make more putts with more swing meter increments, including improved distance control for short putts under 10 feet. These top-performing and cool-looking new MAX CONTROL Putters unlock for top players at the Pro Tier and Master Tier.

     

    New MAX Meter Vapor Balls

    Ding more shots with the slowest meter in the game – now with black vapor trails! The new MAX METER Vapor Balls unlock for players at the Amateur Tier and Tour Pro Tier.

     

    New English Avatars

    New English avatars with a large red St George's Cross on the back, which join the collection including UK, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Available now in the Pro Shop. See the new English Male 1 Avatar.


    New Baseball Golf Ball

    In time for the exciting MLB post-season playoffs and World Series, you can now get the new WGT Baseball virtual golf ball featuring classic red baseball stitches and a red vapor trail. Get extra distance and spin on your golf shots...with a little baseball style.

  • WGT High-Stakes Online Tournament

    10 Oct 2012

    WGT player, stevenharkin, recently approached us with an idea for a player-hosted "high stakes" tournament on WGT. We get some of our best ideas from our players, so we thought if he could round up enough players who were interested that we'd give it a try...

    The result was the "Stevenharkin Private High Stakes Tourney!" – a single-play, 3-round stroke play tournament with a 10,000 credit entry fee, with WGT credit prizes for the top three leaderboard finishers. 

    The tournament lasted 15 days and ended last week, with the following players at the top of the 16-player leaderboard:

    • 1st Place: Kriztjan (L99 Tour Legend) - 82,500 credits
    • 2nd Place: mrenn29 (L98 Tour Legend) - 37,500 credits

    See final leaderboard

    For players who are interested in more high-stakes games, we've just doubled the maximum bet for Match Play Challenge Games from 2,000 to 4,000 WGT credits. Challenge other WGT players to Match Play games for credits...recommended for top WGT players only!

  • Play The Olympic Club with MLB Alumni: Swing With the Legends

    09 Oct 2012

    Don't miss your chance to play at The Olympic Club with former MLB players at this year's Golf Classic, and help raise money for under-served children and teens. 

    This year, The Olympic Club Foundation is partnering with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association to host the 20th Anniversary Golf Classic and Grand Auction. Tournament proceeds will benefit the San Francisco Little League, The Guardsmen and the MLB Players Alumni Association youth baseball outreach.

    Play the famous Olympic Club golf course, host of the 2012 U.S. Open, on Monday, October 15 by registering for this year's Golf Classic.

    Register Now

  • R11S Hybrid for Top WGT Players

    02 Oct 2012

    The new TaylorMade R11S Hybrid recently joined the R11S family on World Golf Tour.

    The R11S Hybrid offers more distance, precision and forgiveness than the original R11, pairing with the R11S Driver and R11S 3 Wood, all with complementary distances and swing meters.

    Level 40+ Players...

    Level 90+ Players...

    Pro Shop Tip - If you aren't at a high enough level to unlock these upgraded clubs yet, you can also purchase XP Boosts to level-up faster while you play, or purchase Level-Up Boosts to level up immediately thru Level 65.

  • Ryder Cup Euro Story: Whole Greater Than Sum Of Parts

    01 Oct 2012

    Contributed by Vartan Kupelian for GlobalGolfPost

    The uniqueness of the Ryder Cup is this: Try as you might, it is difficult – maybe even impossible – to identify the seminal moment of the competition.

    It ebbs and it flows until the drama reaches a compelling and ultimate conclusion. And that’s why the Ryder Cup is what it is – an event so riveting and so impossible not to embrace for anybody with a sporting soul.

    Captain José Maria Olazábal gathered 12 sturdy golfers from Europe, brought them to Medinah Country Club and authored a story about spirit, fate and extraordinary shotmaking against unbelievable odds. And right there, every step of the way and with every swing of the club, was the memory of the late Severiano Ballesteros, the swashbuckling Spaniard who changed the course of the Ryder Cup with his verve, his manner and his immense golf game.

    Europe was determined to honor his passing in the first Ryder Cup played since Ballesteros’ death in May, 2011, in a way that would memorialize his massive contribution to golf in Europe. Mission accomplished.

    The sum of the parts enabled Europe to win the Ryder Cup, 14½-13½, over the United States, equaling the greatest final day comeback in the history of the matches. The United States rallied from the same 10-6 deficit in 1999 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

    “Seve, Seve, Seve, Seve,” said Ian Poulter, Europe’s talisman. “Ryder Cups are what dreams are made of.”

    Sergio Garcia, the young Spaniard who follows in the footsteps of Ballesteros and Olazabal, said it was about Seve every step of the way.

    “I have no doubt that he was with me today all day,” Garcia said after his 1-up victory over Jim Furyk. “Because there’s no chance I would have won my match if he wasn’t there. It was amazing and it feels so good to be able to win it for him and for our captain, José.”

    “Brookline was just one of the worst experiences of my life,” Paul Lawrie said. “Obviously, today is the opposite. Everyone’s been brilliant.”

    Medinah was Lawrie’s first Ryder Cup appearance since Brookline, and he made amends with a decisive 5-and-3 victory over Brandt Snedeker. Lawrie was one of three golfers who experienced the crush¬ing defeat at Brookline, along with Lee Westwood and Garcia.

    “The last time it was done it was the American team in America,” Westwood said. “This is the greatest comeback in the Ryder Cup, ever.”

    Olazábal said, “This one is for the whole of Europe, period.”

    The winning stroke was made by Germany’s Martin Kaymer and that, in itself, is the kind of poignant moment that takes over the Ryder Cup. Kaymer’s par putt on the 18th hole of his match against Steve Stricker gave him a 1-up victory and assured at least a tie in the match, enabling Europe to retain the Ryder Cup. When Francesco Molinari followed with a conceded halve against Tiger Woods, it was an outright victory.

    Kaymer grew up with countryman Bernhard Langer as his mentor and idol. Langer is the two-time Masters champion and was captain of the 2004 European Ryder Cup team that routed the United States at Oakland Hills. It was in 1991, at the War by the Shore on Kiawah Island where antagonism ruled over golf for the most part and ultimately re-shaped the tenor of the matches. On the 18th green of the final match against Hale Irwin, faced with the same situation as Kaymer, Langer missed a putt of almost identical six feet in length. Had Langer made the putt, Europe would have tied the United States and retained the Ryder Cup.

    “I was so nervous the last two, three holes when José Maria came to me and said we may need (my) point to win the Ryder Cup,” said Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Champion and only second German to play in the Ryder Cup. “Just to have that Cup, to win the Ryder Cup, that is what I practiced for the past 10, 15 years.”

    Kaymer came to Medinah with his ranking in disarray and was benched for the Saturday matches. On Friday, he sought out Langer for help.

    “I talked to him a little bit about the Ryder Cup because my attitude wasn’t the right one,” Kaymer said. “I know how important the Ryder Cup became. Bernhard helped me so much just to sit down with me and talk about it.”

    The 12 singles matches Sunday produced nail-biting excitement, uncontrolled emotion, tears, passion and captivating golf. Olazábal front-loaded his team, just as U.S. Captain Ben Crenshaw had 13 years earlier at The Country Club, and the blue representing Europe on the scoreboards was prevalent from the start.

    “The first two days we just got beat up,” Graeme McDowell said. “But there was a sense of relief in the room (Saturday night), something good had to happen to us. When we saw the singles draw we just figured we could win a lot of matches.”

    The Europeans had hope because they knew the story of Brookline. There was so much of Brookline at Medinah. Upsets and comebacks, by necessity, have similar origins.

    On the 17th green against Phil Mickelson, England’s Justin Rose made an unlikely, curling 35-foot birdie putt to square the match. Rose won 1 up with another birdie at 18. On the 17th green at Brookline 13 years ago, Justin Leonard made a massive 50-foot putt for birdie, the point to clinch the Cup and a serious case of American euphoria.

    Leonard’s opponent that day? José Maria Olazábal.

    No surprise there. In the Ryder Cup, fate has become a part of the game.

    PHOTO: Getty Images

  • Ryder Cup Weekend on WGT

    28 Sep 2012

    Don't miss all the Ryder Cup fun on World Golf Tour this weekend...

    Team Vapor Balls

    • Team USA vapor balls with the American flag, for extra distance!
    • Team Europe vapor balls with the European flag, for extra distance!

    Team Avatars

    • Team USA avatars with red pants/skirt, red cap and American flag logo
    • Team Europe avatars with blue pants/skirt, blue cap and European flag logo

    Special Tournaments
    Held on Celtic Manor, site of the last 2010 Ryder Cup...

    • WGT Cup, enter and get a free Team Vapor Ball!
    • eBay Golf Cup, enter for a chance to win eBay Golf Gift Cards!

    The real Ryder Cup at Medinah runs Fri thru Sun, on the Golf Channel, NBC and your local broadcasters. Visit the official site for more information.



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