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  • New "Best Of" Course, TaylorMade Ghost Spider Putter & Oakmont Hole Locations

    07 Sep 2011

    Check out the new hole locations on Oakmont, a new type of "Best Of" course, and latest best putter from TaylorMade.  See details and other improvements below, and please keep the great suggestions coming to members@worldgolftour.com and on the forums.

     

    NEW WGT "BEST OF" COURSE

    The new WGT "Best Of" courses are virtual mash-ups of favorite holes from different courses.

    The first "Best Of" combines 9 famous shots on 9 different courses, playable for free in closest-to-the-hole games or tournaments.

    WGT Players can vote for the next "Best of" course here!

     

    NEW HOLE LOCATIONS ON OAKMONT

     

    WGT has added a second set of hole locations on Oakmont.  When you play Oakmont, lower Tiers will get an easier mix of locations, and higher Tiers will get a harder mix of locations, or you can choose just the new hole locations in a Practice round.

    Note, there are multiple hole locations on Bethpage and St Andrews too.

     

    NEW GHOST SPIDER PUTTER - A DEADLY COMBINATION

    TaylorMade has upgraded their top-selling Spider putter with a new all-white Ghost design for better aiming and superior precision on your putts. 

    There are three new Ghost Spider putters that unlock at Levels 35, 66, and 92.

     

    NEW WGT REPLAY PAGE

    Every day thousands of WGT players save their best shots in the game!

    Now you can see daily highlights of exciting hole-outs on the new WGT Replay page.  Replays are updated twice per day so save your favorites and check back frequently.

     

    MORE WAYS TO GET WGT CREDITS

    Watch short videos from LiveGamer and earn free WGT credits that you can use to upgrade your equipment and play in tournaments.

     

  • Guest Blog from Virtual U.S. Open Champion mrenn29

    18 Aug 2011

    WGT invited World Golf Tour player mrenn29 to contribute this blog post. As the 2011 Virtual U.S. Open Champion, mrenn29 won a trip to the U.S. Open at Olympic Country Club in San Francisco next year (see Virtual Open recap).

    Hello everyone. First off, I would like to introduce myself, for those whom I haven’t met, my name is Mike. I'm from Long Beach California. I love golf, have been playing for over 30 years and I am 37 years old. I try to get out when I can but we all know work will get in the way of golf.

    I joined WGT back in March of 2010. It’s kind of funny how I found WGT, I was bored at work one day playing some kind of card game done thru flash and an advertisement came up on the side of the screen for World Golf Tour, tee up now. So I clicked on it and here I am LOL.

    My first impressions of WGT were,WOW! Unreal graphics, famous courses and challenging. My second thought came after I double bogeyed the first hole on Kiawah, I said to myself, boy this game is tough! But I decided to stick with it and after the first month or so I started to see some progress. Then I took myself into the pro shop and decided to buy a wedge. Went back out and stuck a shot from 95 yards on St Andrews. From then on I was hooked! Then WGT decided to put the tier system in. What a challenge this was, but I am open to challenges. I kept practicing and playing with better players. And after over 1,000 ranked rounds later, I found myself hanging in there with some of the game’s best players.

    You can usually find me chatting with my fellow Deviation members on IRC (Internet Relay Chat). There you will find some of the best players in the world. I usually am playing with fellow members from the Deviations Country Club. Everyone in the club is a great player and a great person. My personal favorite course is Oakmont. Some may ask why, well I enjoy it because to this day it is still the most challenging course to me on WGT. It can still take a lot of strokes back from me if I am not careful.

    Now on to the Virtual U.S. Open. Being that we only had a little over a month or so to really get the feel of Congressional, I went into the open thinking, hey just give it your best shot and see what happens. Well the first round was a decent round of 62 for me. I was very happy with that even though it wasn’t the leader, but I was within 4 strokes after that round, so going into round 2 I knew I would have to go pretty low to have a chance especially with BolloxInBruges (Sam) (see Guest Blog post) up near the top, knowing he is fully capable of firing another round even lower.

    So I teeed it up, made birdie on first 3 holes, and then came the dreaded 4th. I had a wind that required a draw in order to find the fairway, but luckily I pulled it off and then just wanted to find the center of the green on the approach. After I sank the 38 foot bending putt was when the rhythm really started. From there the first 10 holes were all birdied. That’s when I said to myself, wow, I might actually pull this off.

    Then the nerves really set in, with pars on 11, 12 and 14, I started to sweat a little. But then I sank a nice 15 foot putt on 15 to get my hopes back up. So I finished with a 57 thinking, well I put myself in contention and that's more than I could ever ask for!

    I’m really excited to meet the folks at WGT at Olympic Club next year and maybe even play some golf while I am in San Francisco. I’m also planning on meeting some fellow members of the Deviations in San Francisco so it should make for a memorable trip. And finally, I would like to thank WGT and the USGA for giving us the opportunity to compete in major tournaments such as the U.S. Open, my hats off to all the WGT crew for introducing me to such an awesome golf game!

     

  • Charity tournament with Pebble Beach golf trip prize

    16 Aug 2011

    This could be your best chance to play Pebble Beach!

    Cadillac has teamed up with National Kidney Foundation charity to launch the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic on World Golf Tour.

    It's 500 WGT Credits to enter and the proceeds go to the National Kidney Foundation charity, benefiting research and treatment of kidney disease.

    One player will be randomly selected to win the grand prize. Note, this is not a skill-based leaderboard tournament, all you need to do is enter and post your round for a chance to win. The tournament is a 9-hole closest-to-the-hole on Celtic Manor, site of the 2010 Ryder Cup.

    The grand prize is a dream golf trip to Pebble Beach for you and a friend, inculding airfare, three nights at the Spanish Bay Inn, and rounds of golf at Pebble Beach and Spanish Bay Links, valued over $3,500. See tournament rules for details and eligibility.

    This is a great way to support a worthy charity, plus a chance to win an epic golf trip!

    Good luck!

    WGT

  • Get 500 extra credits for PGA Championship Weekend

    11 Aug 2011

    It's PGA Championship weekend, and golf's fourth major includes 100 top-ranked golfers from around the world.

    Who will join Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke as major champions in 2011? Will Europe continue to dominate. You have to like Australia's chances with Adam Scott and Jason Day who were so close at the Masters. Or will an American finally break thru this year, like Bubba, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar or Nick Watney. And don't count out Phil or Tiger.

    One interesting storyline is Chubby Chandler, golf's new super agent, with three of his clients already winning 2011 majors, putting him in position for the "Chubby Slam" by having another client win at the PGA. His other clients include Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els, so Chubby has a chance.

    We're celebrating golf's fourth major at World Golf Tour this wekeend by giving away 500 extra WGT Credits when you buy $20 or more WGT credits, anytime during the PGA Championship, from Thursay 8/11 thru Sunday 8/14. Buy your WGT credits here. 

    There are more ways then ever to use WGT credits...

    Enter the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic on WGT, with proceeds benefiting the National Kidney Foundation, and one random winner getting a dream golf trip to Pebble Beach.

    Check-out the new WGT Putter Pal to help fine-tune your virtual putting.

    Visit the WGT Pro Shop for all the latest virtual balls and clubs from Callaway, Cleveland, PING, SRIXON and TaylorMade.

    Play in daily Ready-Go Tournaments on WGT, where the top 30 of 50 win credits, on championship courses like Congressional, Royal St George's, Bethpage and St Andrews

    Enjoy the weekend!

    WGT

    Note: One-time offer for WGT players buying 2,000 or more WGT credits 8/11/11-8/14/11.

     



     

  • Challenges, Putter Pal and Pebble Beach Golf Trip

    02 Aug 2011

    More improvements to World Golf Tour based on player feedback. Keep it coming at members@worldgolftour.com


    NEW END-OF-GAME CHALLENGES



    Improved based on player feedback! Challenge your WGT friends after any stroke play round. You each earn free XP and only the challenge results are posted to your feeds.


    NEW PUTTER PAL


    Fine-tune your putting. The new WGT Putter Pal overlays on the swing meter when you're putting to help you make more precise putts. You can buy from 10 to 1,000 putts starting at only 10 credits. Makes a great gift too!


    WIN A GOLF TRIP TO PEBBLE BEACH



    Support the National Kidney Foundation charity and have a chance to win a golf trip to Pebble Beach. It's only 500 credits to enter the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic and one person wins, regardless of score. This could be your best chance to play Pebble!


    FIND WGT COUNTRY CLUBS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS

    With WGT Country Clubs now on the Home page, it’s easy to find one of the thousands of WGT Country Clubs looking for members. Join for free and compete with others in private tournaments for credits. It's a great way to meet new players and enjoy the game!


    TOURNAMENTS ON ROYAL ST GEORGE'S

    Royal St George’s, host of the 2011 Open, is now available on WGT for Ready-Go and Country Club tournaments.

  • Virtual Ketel One Cup Championship Qualifiers

    02 Aug 2011

    Below are the 299 WGT players who qualified for the Virtual Ketel One Cup Championship round. They finished in the Top 100 of the Virtual Ketel One Cup tournaments that were held on World Golf Tour from April thru July.

    The championship round is 18-hole stroke play on Congressional and scores must be posted by August 15, 2011. The best score wins a trip to TPC Sawgrass in Florida to compete in the real-world Ketel One Cup. See contest rules for details.

    NOTE, some WGT players were erroneously emailed about this tournament, but in order to be eligible to win the prize, you must have qualified in previous Virtual Ketel One Cup tournaments. See contest rules for details.

    Good luck!

    WGT

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    Virtual Ketel One Cup Qualifiers:

    4paws4
    adrian923
    AHudd
    AllyKennedy
    andrewp7
    AndyAEllis
    angryhalfinch
    anguss2
    Astruccio
    AtlantaCoaster
    aussieguyadam
    AvatarLee
    badaboom
    BADMARIE
    baggepance
    baldy1973
    BartMania
    Barzender
    BeachGolf
    BeDaBall
    Bidi
    bigbluwhal
    bigddogg19
    BigKnight
    BIGSAUR
    billhorseman
    bkelley
    bluechew
    Bluenose12
    bobis
    BolloxInBruges
    BradySeven
    brettbell5
    bridgiey
    briobrio
    brokeneck33
    bry68
    bt12
    Buckthebuck
    bulfrog2004
    Bullseye58
    cal8
    Caven
    ccrume
    cdejong
    Choadly
    chrisironsbones
    chubbyhugs35
    chunkNskull
    cicerosam
    cincogolfer
    ckiniry
    claremoreblue
    colinpop
    coolswing
    Covenant
    crabby01
    craiger85
    crazyhorse75
    Cube54
    cwall52
    cyl6
    dada24
    damiantapping
    damirkm
    dansamcam
    danyolimpia
    darek2
    Daskino
    Dathoang95
    davehir
    DavidFuller
    Dawgone
    deadoak
    demcug
    devildaz1963
    Dianne81
    dittondude
    diver480
    DKMF1
    dnugraha
    DougBieker
    DougieWaugh
    dscroggs4
    dsdiego
    dud_doodle
    Dukiedong
    duncanbryan
    Ecco2
    Ed65
    EdwardRo
    Egolilly
    elvinomepego
    exvcardn
    fairwaybaby
    FANUCMAN
    FarFoo
    fatboys
    flocke2308
    ForrestLeigh
    francone
    frealzu
    FreshAirNFun
    FRIENDofyourWIFE
    FRUMUNDACHEEZ
    Funkyjunkie3000
    Fuzzygazz
    genorb
    geordieles
    gishdrums
    GLADSTONESCREWER
    gobbog
    goldy24
    GolferDadRB
    Golfspieler
    Gonnu
    GoodyChamp
    Goonermark
    gr8scott427
    gursikh
    guttli
    Hackmore
    HandyAndy0
    Hanswurst72
    hanzel1
    Headway
    heffdiddy
    hershman
    hilts098
    Hoddoh
    iavinilawoods
    imcoola
    Infinito3010
    iremanu
    iwb1
    jaderoks
    jakestanfill7
    JamminBreeze
    jasondement
    jaycen129
    JCOlson
    jeffreyb1
    Jerm65
    jimbean346
    jimwins
    JJ656
    JMRyan
    JohnSteed01
    jtc12
    JulioMoot
    JUlrich
    Jumper281
    kam4122
    kanga50
    Kidd56
    KingTuck
    kjbjlb55
    KRH1
    Kriztjan
    Kurtsbuford
    KyRock75
    ladeuce
    Lagasorus
    Leftysway
    LeopoldStotch
    lepigolf
    losersss
    LuisCraveiro
    lvietri
    Lysti
    MacGillicuddy
    magicmax
    MannyHazard
    mao69
    MarcoCraveiro
    Marcus32
    Mattdowling
    MBaggese
    Mem11
    mgd300
    Middle4man
    Mike3226
    Minkywinkster
    mongo441
    mreddy
    mrenn29
    naamasula
    nateh311
    Naughtyone
    nellyg
    NelsonPesce
    nickolijj
    nikopat
    nikyryder
    nump
    oksymoron
    oldace57
    outflopped
    pekk24
    Penners
    PGAbound67
    pharaohe
    PhiEaglesFan
    pillsy
    pluer
    poldimaier
    Ponthep
    poolmaniac6
    PortsD
    pranayamaflow
    prinsy6151
    ProfessorJoe
    Props
    prude59
    PTgolf904
    pudge53
    racoondad
    Raimon1
    RathgarBeau
    raygun65
    rba1137
    restorethis
    Ripped1
    RJBaja
    Robbie0102
    Robinb
    roidrage03
    Ross1a
    Routser
    ROwenJones
    rowlets
    RthrBFshn
    RWaldbiesser
    ryan4spurs
    RyanKCantrell
    rykest3
    RZRBAX94
    samcoffeeman
    sbirul
    scimoc
    seanobrien
    sharkeyez
    shenda
    simovoice
    sjnaugle
    SkipMan20
    smudgely
    solozach
    speedyschic
    spinmaster
    SRiggy
    stevenharkin
    SteveOx
    stevereilly
    stiffman88
    StoneColdKiller
    stratman45us
    Stryker37
    stuffix
    suncity28
    Switz71
    TallAcePaul
    tanneralis
    taz10365
    TDHarvey
    Teedaawg
    testaman
    tetolo
    TheAceFactor
    ThreeSpot
    tiaz79
    tiffer67
    Timprestoe
    timpyron1980
    TugboatDoug
    Turtle35
    Typezer0
    United4Life
    vaines63
    VanXmiC
    vespa1965
    VillaDave
    villadeoro
    WakingLife
    warnie2
    Wesdogg75
    westernmak
    westhamchris
    whyit
    Win1Soon
    Wingshooter
    wiscb
    Wontonamo
    Woodsy747
    xxblueeyesxx
    YOTADOG
    zant
    Zippy-Pivot
    Zzangsigi

  • 2011 Virtual British Open Winner - StoneColdKiller

    25 Jul 2011

    Congratulations to WGT player StoneColdKiller who won the 2011 Virtual Open Championship played on Royal St George's last week. He wins the grand prize trip to the British Open next year!

    There have been over two million rounds of virtual golf played on Royal St George's, but only 195 top players qualified for the two Championship rounds. Conditions were challenging with the fastest championship greens and high winds, similar to the real conditions at Royal St George's for the Pros.

    This year's champion, StoneColdKiller, posted a 58 in the first round and a 61 in the second round for a winning score of 119.

    See StoneCold's eagle on hole 12


     

    Close behind StoneCold was Funkyjunkie3000 with 120, who also finished XXX in the Virtual U.S. Open.

    See Funkyjunkie's eagle on hole 9


     

    Tied for third place were Hanswurst72 and jakestanfill7, each with a 62-59 for 121. And four players were tied for fifth place at 122, including PRIESTESS, LeopoldStotch, PGAbound67 and JCOlson.

    The lowest single rounds in the championship were 56 by racoondad, 57 by jbooch09, and 57 by mrenn29 who was the the winner of the Virtual U.S. Open.

     

    Congratulations to everyone participated in this year's Virtual Open. Here are all the prize winners...

    Championship - StoneColdKiller - Trip to 2012 British Open

    Sweepstakes Winner - Odaddy68 - $500 gift card to OpenGolfShop.com

    Qualifiers - 195 players - 195 official Imperial Open caps

    Front 9 Challenge Winner - BolloxInBruges - 33.28 feet - Royal St George's art print

    Back 9 Challenge Winner - jakestanfill7 - 35.91 feet - Royal St George's art print

     

  • Virtual British Open Update - Coverage by Dianne81

    21 Jul 2011


    Good luck everyone and big thanks to Dianne81 for  making this post about the  2011 Virtual British Open in our forums

     

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    "Huge congrats to great rounds with 1st round scores in the 50s to stonecold and funkyjunk in horrid conditions!! Wow.... really WOW!

    Racoondad, congrats on having low round (56) of tourney thus far, with mrenn (usopen winner) and  Jbooch (wtg Boo!) also having  terrific second rounds of 57!!!

    Congrats to our most consistent player Hanswurst72 in the clubhouse with 3shot lead and score of 121 (62/59)

    Wtg all whom qualified  and playing in the tourney and goodluck to those of you who have yet to post second round !"

  • Virtual British Open Qualifiers Announced

    18 Jul 2011

    195 WGT players have qualified for the Virtual Open Championship 2011. The qualifying cutline was 57 and the best score posted was a 52 shared by Shankette and  BolloxInBruges, both of them were also very serious contenders in the Virtual US Open last month.

    The Virtual  Open Championship 2011 rounds starts today for the 195 qualifiers to decide the ultimate champion.

    The Virtual Open culminates in this 2-round, 36-hole championship for the 156 qualifiers (plus ties). Each round is stroke play and the player with the best combined scores of both rounds wins the grand prize, a trip for 2 to the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Anne's. Round 1 begins at 1am PST on July 18th and ends at 11:59pm PST on July 20th. Round Two begins at 1am PST on July 21st and ends at 11:59pm PST on July 24th. Anyone can play, but only residents of certain countries are eligible to win the prize. See rules for details.

     

    Here is the list of all the Championship Qualifiers, well done!

     

    Shankette 52
    BolloxInBruges 52
    suncity28 53
    duncanbryan 53
    elvinomepego 53
    mgd300 54
    odaddy68 54
    Infinito3010 54
    dansamcam 54
    TarheelsRule 54
    TheLighterDark 54
    ryan4spurs 54
    lbcgolf 54
    mrenn29 54
    mongo441 54
    wiscb 54
    coolswing 54
    racoondad 55
    Wontonamo 55
    PRIESTESS 55
    PortsD 55
    LeopoldStotch 55
    nickolijj 55
    stevenharkin 55
    AvatarLee 55
    cappiest 55
    AllyKennedy 55
    PhiEaglesFan 55
    Hunter0353 55
    MacGillicuddy 55
    Bluenose12 55
    flippem1972 55
    em3griedel 55
    BrianSJMA 55
    Win1Soon 55
    SolediGiada 55
    Funkyjunkie3000 55
    Boomerjay 55
    JCOlson 55
    Dianne81 55
    AttackTheCaddy 55
    BIGSAUR 55
    KyRock75 55
    nine76chris 56
    brettbell5 56
    jarikuri 56
    Starsandros 56
    b0geybuster 56
    jimbean346 56
    oksymoron 56
    Astruccio 56
    paulmcm 56
    simovoice 56
    Hanswurst72 56
    lagersman 56
    silkysmoothjoe 56
    pluer 56
    rainman692 56
    heffdiddy 56
    CASH11 56
    DrussTheLegend 56
    OwenCrew 56
    barbary 56
    Penners 56
    rowlets 56
    cyl6 56
    zzangsigi 56
    dud_doodle 56
    Swinger72 56
    Daskino 56
    nellyg 56
    stuffix 56
    GoHardGoHome 56
    chunkNskull 56
    jakestanfill7 56
    rnegv 56
    merlin42 56
    PGAbound67 56
    bawbag1874 56
    losersss 56
    Covenant 56
    StoneColdKiller 56
    GLADSTONESCREWER 56
    borlick 56
    Caven 56
    Lobwedgex60 56
    bigddogg19 56
    Teedaawg 56
    ForrestLeigh 56
    pricehcs 56
    NelsonPesce 56
    iwb1 56
    kam4122 56
    LifeSux 56
    JJ656 57
    DougieWaugh 57
    jeffdos924 57
    Acole02 57
    AHudd 57
    mohuyu 57
    DougBieker 57
    Christofff 57
    Broohar 57
    FarFoo 57
    tiffer67 57
    geordieles 57
    Egolilly 57
    Seekerb 57
    LFARRELL 57
    Mem11 57
    Fortesque99 57
    Solid1 57
    ironking34 57
    Hef111 57
    WINPIRTLE 57
    restorethis 57
    seanobrien 57
    villadeoro 57
    poolmaniac6 57
    bulfrog2004 57
    GoodyChamp 57
    cincogolfer 57
    McRoss 57
    Wesdogg75 57
    craiger85 57
    JulioMoot 57
    WRWil 57
    Gonnu 57
    Jerm65 57
    JayJensen 57
    Buckthebuck 57
    tiaz79 57
    thebigeasy707 57
    speedyschic 57
    hesomist 57
    xXxxMARCxxXx 57
    briobrio 57
    whyalla 57
    zant 57
    TallAcePaul 57
    pedro007 57
    jaycen129 57
    Faldoscaddy 57
    chrisironsbones 57
    Woodsy747 57
    demcug 57
    rykest3 57
    LOLserver 57
    lvietri 57
    0TarHeel0 57
    sunshinewilly 57
    FreshAirNFun 57
    Turtle35 57
    Minkywinkster 57
    BigKnight 57
    wildcat18racing6 57
    bandidos 57
    gobbog 57
    jbooch09 57
    Switz71 57
    eivets 57
    YOTADOG 57
    imcoola 57
    bigcountry317 57
    WhyYouLoveMe 57
    roaddawgstyle 57
    4ph3x 57
    Jethro09 57
    iremanu 57
    FlyinDoc 57
    genorb 57
    peacher 57
    TugboatDoug 57
    claremoreblue 57
    slavy 57
    columbiacgt 57
    KingTuck 57
    BartMania 57
    hmfc21 57
    nateh311 57
    lateball 57
    NottiGal 57
    xxblueeyesxx 57
    mcdc1 57
    PTgolf904 57
    Leftysway 57
    United4Life 57
    yoban 57
    flocke2308 57
    Hightower3 57
    Stryker37 57
    dsheavills 57
    zelay2215 57
    Beeski 57
    hubbardg 57
  • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes WGT Documentary

    12 Jul 2011

    Last Fall, GamerLive.TV joined the World Golf Tour team in Kent, England to film the making of Royal St George's and the Virtual British Open.

    This exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary video has just been released. It includes interviews with WGT founder and president Chad Nelson that show how WGT photographed the course from the ground and from the air via helicopter, as well as the post-production process that created the virtual reality version of this championship course that's hosting the British Open this week.

    The video is available on GamerLive.TV, YouTube, and directly from the World Golf Tour game. Just visit the Open Championship section of the game at www.wgt.com and click on the picture of Chad and the helicopter. And while you're there, be sure to play the same course from the documentary and experience the virtual conditions for yourself.



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