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  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Brady vs. Manning on the Golf Course

    03 Feb 2012

    Everyone in the USA knows that the NFL Super Bowl is this Sunday, where over 100 million fans will watch the New York Giants play the New England Patriots, in a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl that the Giants won in the closing seconds.

    More importantly...which team's quarterback is the better golfer?

    Tom Brady and Eli manning are among the best golfers from the NFL, including other top quarterbacks like Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Bees, Sam Bradford and even Eli's brother Peyton.

    So, let's compare their golf games...

    1. Golf Digest Top Athlete Golf Rankings

    • Brady #83
    • Manning #98
    • Brady wins

    2. Golf Handicap Estimates

    • Brady 4-8 handicap
    • Manning 7-10 handicap
    • Brady wins

    3. Charity Golf 

    4. PGA Tournaments

    • Brady has several appearances at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
    • Manning has no major PGA Tour appearances
    • Brady wins

    5. TV Golf

    So, it's close, but a 3-2 win for Tom Brady. Therefore, the WGT GOLF Super Bowl Prediction is: New England Patriots 41 - New York Giants 30

     

  • New WGT PING G20 golf clubs, golf tournaments and Valentine's Day special offers

    02 Feb 2012

    World Golf Tour has added more new features, including the new PING G20 virtual golf clubs, new virtual golf tournaments, and Valentine's Day special offers for free WGT credits.


    New PING G20 Clubs

    The latest from PING and WGT, the new PING G20 golf clubs are a major upgrade to the popular G10s, featuring a new driver, woods, irons and discounted full set. These clubs are top perfomers with a slower WGT swing meter, and start unlocking at Level 58. Note, higher level clubs unlocking at Level 81 will be available later in February.

    The G20 Driver just made the Golf Digest 2012 Hot List, and golf professionals playing the G20s include Bubba Watson (read about Bubba's custom pink shaft), Angel Cabrera, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Tom Lewis.

     

    New Tournaments

    WGT recently launched the fourth new "Best Of" course as voted on my WGT players, the Best Of Hardest Holes. It features 18 of the hardest strokeplay holes from other WGT courses, based on average scores to par. This extra challenge deserves an extra reward, so we've doubled the WGT Credit prizes for players of all Tiers in the free Best of Hardest Holes tournament played on this new course in February. Note, tournament will be available by end of day on 2/2/12.

    For Legend players only, we're hosting a free 1-day Legends-Only Leap-Day Tournament on 2/29/12, with special virtual equipment prizes. Legend players should wait until February 29th to enter and play!

    And be sure to check-out the expanded Ready-Go golf tournaments, with $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 entry fees. Ready-Go's are quick paid tournaments for 50 players that typically close in just 24-48 hours. The top 30 of 50 players all win credits and the winner gets 6X credits. You'll find Ready-Go's available on different courses and for players at different skill levels, for Pro, Tour Pro, Master, Tour Master and Legend players.

     

    Valentine's Day Offers

    Back by popular demand from last year, WGT has expanded the number of Valentine's Day special offers

    Just click from WGT to buy your Valentine's flowers, treats and gifts online AND you automatically get free WGT credits for yourself. See great offers from ProFlowers, FTD, Sharri's Berries, M&M's and other top retailers.

    Love and Golf...a beautiful thing!

     

    Country Clubs

    We fixed an issue with Country Club tournaments where players weren't playing on the correct tee based on their Tier. Our apologies for that.

    There are hundreds of thousands of WGT players who have joined WGT Country Clubs, playing in thousands of private tournaments every day where credit prizes are limited to just those Country Club members. Get in on the fun by joining or starting your own WGT Country Club!

     

    Golf Course Pages and Golf Replay Highlights

    In case you've missed it recently, be sure to check-out the new WGT Course pages where anyone can play any hole on our strokeplay courses without joining WGT, or the new WGT Replay pages where top golf shots are automatically updated every day from saved WGT player replays.

     

  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Fun at the Phoenix Open

    01 Feb 2012

    The PGA Tour travels to TPC Scottsdale this weekend for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one of the largest and funnest events in golf, with over 500,000 fans expected.

    When you think of the Phoenix Open, you immediately think of the loudest hole in golf, the famous 16th hole (pictured above). This ampitheater par 3 is home to over 20,000 screaming fans fueled by the warm weather, great shots, and plenty of beer! The traditional "Quiet Please" signs are ignored by crowd boos, cheers and chants.

    See and hear it for yourself in this video of Tiger Woods and his epic hole-in-one at the 1997 Phoenix Open...and the crowds have only gotten bigger since!

    Back to the golf, here are some players to watch this weekend...

    • Phil Mickelson - rocky start but won here in 1996 and 2005 and has the Arizona State Sun Devils and Sparky on his side 
    • Rickie Fowler - debuted in 13th place last weekend at Torrey Pines and should have the co-ed support 
    • Mark Wilson - defending 2011 champion off to another strong start 
    • Bill Haas - 2011 FedEx Cup Champ is coming on strong with 4th place at Torrey Pines 
    • Brandt Snedeker - riding high with three straight Top Ten's including last week's gift 
    • Kyle Stanley - can he pull a "Rory" from 2011 and bounce back from his meltdown at Torrey Pines

    PGA Tour Tee Times & Leaderboard

     

  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Kyle Stanley loses Farmers Insurance Open

    29 Jan 2012

    Kyle Stanley blew a 3-shot lead on the last hole of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. 

    His third shot on the 18th hole spun back into the water for a penalty, then he chipped on but 3-putted for a triple-bogey 8 to tie Brandt Snedeker, who had assumed his day was over. In the playoff, Snedeker won on the second hole when Stanley missed his par putt.

    Stanley had a 7-shot lead mid-way thru the final round, but had 3 bogeys and the triple-bogey on the 18th hole for a 74, finishing in a tie with Snedeker who shot at 67. It's Snedeker's third win as a pro.

    Final Results from Farmers Insurance Open

    Brandt Snedeker - 67-64-74-67-272 -16 (wins on second playoff hole)

    Kyle Stanley - 62-68-68-74-272 -16

    John Rollins - 70-65-68-71-274 -14

    Bill Haas - 63-71-70-72-276 -12

    Cameron Tringale - 67-72-66-71-276 -12

    PGA Tour Leaderboard

     

  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Robert Rock holds off Woods and McIlroy

    29 Jan 2012

    Robert Rock held off Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and a strong field to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at -13. Rock is a former club professional from England with just his second win on the European Tour.

    Rock and Woods got off to a hot start, with birdies on holes 2 and 3, but Woods bogeyed holes 4 and 5 and missed too many greens with 3 birdies and 3 bogeys, finishing with a 72 for -11, tied for third place with Thomas Bjorn and Graeme McDowell.

    Rory McIlroy made a run with 4 birdies and 1 bogey but came up one shot short with a 69 for -12 and second place.

    Final Results from Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 

    Robert Rock - 69-70-66-70-275 -13

    Rory McIlroy - 67-72-68-69-276 -12

    Thomas Bjorn - 73-71-65-68-277 -11

    Graeme McDowell - 72-69-68-68-277 -11

    Tiger Woods - 70-69-66-72-277 -11

    Full European Tour Leaderboard

     

    PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open

    Over on the PGA Tour, after three rounds at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, it's Kyle Stanley at -18 with a five-shot lead over John Huh and John Rollins.

    PGA notables in contention are Brandt Snedeker at -11, Justin Leonard at -10, and Bubba Watson at -8.

    Full PGA Tour Leaderboard

     

    Bubba Watson made news off the golf course last weekend, buying the original "General Lee" Dodge Charger car from the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV series. Bubba announced the news on Twitter with the tweet "Last night I bought some gas!!" Classic.

     

  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Tiger takes the lead in Abu Dhabi

    28 Jan 2012

    Tiger Woods shot a 66 in Round 3 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour. Woods is leading the tournament in the Greens-In-Regulation stat, and had no bogeys and 6 birdies today, including a birdie on the par 5 18th hole. Woods' rounds of 70-69-66 put him in first place at -11, tied with Robert Rock from England.

    Rory McIlroy, who played with Tiger in all three rounds, finished at -9, as he struggled driving the ball, but scrambled for a 68 in the third round, including an adventure on the 18th hole that McIlroy played over the sand and water up the 9th hole fairway, eventually saving his par. Remember that McIlroy imposed a 2 shot penalty on himself in the second round, for brushing sand away from the fringe, so without that penalty, McIlroy and Woods would be tied.

    Also in contention are Peter Hanson, Francesco Molinari and Paul Lawrie, all tied at -9 with McIlroy.

    Full European Tour Leaderboard for Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

    TV Schedule for Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

     

     

    More from World Golf Tour

     

    You can play the same putter that Tiger Woods is using in Abu Dhabi. The NIKE Method 001 Putter is now available as an upgraded virtual club on the World Golf Tour free online golf game. Like other upgraded virtual clubs, the NIKE Method 001 putter on WGT is modeled precisely from the same real-world putter that Tiger is playing.

     

  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Tiger and Rory 2 Shots Back

    27 Jan 2012

    Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are only 2 shots behind Thorbjorn Olesen after two rounds at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, a European Tour event.

    Tiger, playing in his first 2012 golf event, had 5 birdies and 2 bogeys in his second round, shooting a 70 and 69 for -5 overall. Note, Tiger returns to the 2012 PGA Tour at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2/9-12.

    Rory played with Tiger and had 6 birdies and 2 bogeys but also 2 double-bogeys, shot at 67 and 72.

    Full European Tour Leaderboard for Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship

    European Tour TV Schedule


    Meanwhile, over on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, after one round it's Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley sharing the lead at -10 after each shooting 62 in the first round.

    PGA noatables in the hunt include: Vijay Singh -8, Justin Leonard -7, Camilo Villegas -7, Dustin Johnson -6, and Rickie Fowler -4.

    Phil Mickelson shot a disappointing 77 at +5 and in danger of missing the weekend cut, projected at -2.

    Full PGA Tour Leaderboard for Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines

     

  • WGT Fall Tour Championship Final Results

    26 Jan 2012

    The final results are in for the Championship round of the WGT Fall Tour!

    After three months of Qualifying tournaments, the top 9 qualifying players competed in a grueling four-round Fall Tour Championship this month, played across several challenging virtual golf courses, including St Andrews, Bethpage Black, Oakmont Country Club, as well as the new WGT Best of Hardest Holes course.

    Legendary WGT player BolloxInBruges emerged as the Fall Tour Champion, shooting 60, 57, 55 and 59 for a combined score of 231. He received a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card to add to his career golf earnings. If you want to see Bollox in action, here's a replay of his hole-in-one on Oakmont #6 this month while practicing for the Championship Round.

    It was a close competition, with dansamcam placing second at 5 shots behind with a score of 236, and RUNWME and Hanswurst72 tied for third with scores of 238. Congratulations to all the qualifiers for a great championship!

    WGT Fall Tour Championship Results

    1. 231 - BolloxInBruges

    2. 236 - dansamcam

    3. 238 - RUNWME

    3. 238 - Hanswurst72

    5. 242 - Ffudd

    6. 247 - dud_doodle

    7. 249 - cyl6

    8. 251 - jimbean346

    9. WD - PortsD

     

    Virtual Prizes for Players at all Tiers


    It's not only top WGT players who won prizes in the WGT Fall Tour, as there were random sweepstakes prizes for players at all Tiers in each monthly Qualifier. And don't miss your chance to win in the new WGT Winter Tour, brought to you by SkyCaddie, by playing in the free January Qualifying Tournament. 

    December Qualifier Sweepstakes Prize Winners -  Callaway Tour i(z) Balls (L39+)
    budman1965
    Limaredsix
    bwander
    coxy500
    cfbell1970
    CRAZYNESS
    November Qualifier Sweepstakes Prize Winners TaylorMade Ghost Spider Putter (L92+)
    SIYAL
    jburtonw10
    chrisar43
    simmons0442
    pompamike
    October Qualifier Sweepstake Prize Winners - TaylorMade R11 10.5 (L88+) Driver
    cwatson1578
    bbamy
    sperls22
    Starsandros
    jwhistler31

     

    Cash Prizes for Top Players

    Players with the Top 10 scores in each monthly Qualifier received Amazon Gift Cards. And don't miss your chance to win in the new WGT Winter Tour, brought to you by SkyCaddie, by playing in the free January Qualifying Tournament. 

     

    December Qualifier Leaderboard Prize Winners - $100 Amazon Gift Cards
    BolloxInBruges
    dud_doodle
    Hanswurst72
    RUNWME
    dansamcam
    Ffudd
    PortsD
    Penners
    JJ656
    Jakestanfill7
    November Qualifier Leaderboard Prize Winners - $100 Amazon Gift Cards
    dansamcam
    jimbean346
    dud_doodle
    BolloxInBruges
    kam4122
    poolmaniac6
    hatchtrick101
    RUNWME
    jakestanfill7
    stevenharkin
    October Qualifier Leaderboard Prize Winners - $100 Amazon Gift Cards
    BolloxInBruges
    Hanswurst72
    cyl6
    dansamcam
    AllyKennedy
    TheLighterDark
    ryan4spurs
    chunkNskull
    BigKnight
    KyRock75

     

  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Mark Wilson wins Humana Challenge

    23 Jan 2012

    Mark Wilson held off the winds, the darkness, and three other PGA players to win the Humana Challenge. Some golf fans may be surprised that this is already Wilson's fifth career victory, including winning two of first five events last season, so he's off to another great start.

    Wilson finished at 24 under, two strokes ahead of Robert Garrigus, John Mallinger and last week's Sony Open champion Johnson Wagner. And Jeff Maggert shot a 64 in the fourth round to finish in third place.

    In his return to the 2012 PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson rebounded from a slow start to make the cut and finish at 10 under in a tie for 49th place.

    Final PGA Tour Leaderboard from Humana Challenge

    The PGA Tour heads to Torrey Pines golf course outside of San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open, where the defending champion is Bubba Watson.

  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Ben Crane tied for lead at Humana Challenge

    20 Jan 2012

    With Ben Crane on the PGA leaderboard, you just have to watch last year's classic "Golf Boys - Oh Oh Oh" video, featuring Crane, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan. It's one of most watched (and funniest) golf videos on YouTube. While there, check-out all the WGT tutorial and highlight videos, and subscribe to get new WGT golf videos when they're posted.

     

    Back to the PGA leaderboard...

    Crane is tied for first place at 16 under with David Toms and Mark Wilson, who separated themselves from the rest of the pack at 13 under.

    Phil Mickelson bounced back from a 69 to move to 3 under, with defending champ Jhonattan Vegas at 2 under. Dustin Johnson withdrew from his round, citing back pain, as he's recovering from knee surgery.

    Note, the cut happens after Saturday's round in this tournament, and just the Pro's play on Sunday, no amateurs or celebrities.

    See full Humana Challenge Leaderboard

    And be sure to watch President Bill Clinton who plays in an foursome with Gregg Norman and Scott McCarron on Saturday at 10:20 a.m. Pacific.

     

     

    More from World Golf Tour

     

    Don't miss the Special Offer on World Golf Tour during the Humana Challenge. Buy $20 or more WGT Credits and get 3 free NIKE virtual golf balls, the top-performing balls in the game. Use your credits to upgrade your virtual golf equipment, enter paid tournaments for prizes, and play against other WGT players online in matchplay, skins or other multiplayer golf games.

     

     



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