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  • Get Free Nike Ball on Black Friday

    23 Nov 2012

    Today only, get 1 free Nike 20XI-X virtual vapor ball (L75+) when you buy $10 or more WGT Credits.

    This top-performing Nike virtual ball doesn't usually unlock until Level 75, but is yours free with today's offer. Just buy $10 or more WGT Credits as many times as you want on Black Friday 11/23 to get more Nike balls.

    Get WGT Credits

    Use your WGT Credits to upgrade your WGT virtual equipment or enter online tournaments, like the Virtual U.S. Open Flashback – going on now!

    *Unlimited offer available to WGT players who buy $10 or more WGT Credits on 11/23/12, get 1 free Nike 20XI-X virtual vapor golf ball (L75+) with each purchase.

  • Hither and Yeon

    20 Nov 2012

    By Brian Hewitt for GlobalGolfPost

    Yani Tseng is still No.1 in the rankings. Stacy Lewis was clearly and fairly the LPGA’s 2012 Player of the Year. But the early-line favorite for 2013 No. 1 and POY might just be Korea’s willowy Na Yeon Choi.

    The LPGA concluded its official season with a stirring Florida duel Sunday between the most recent U.S. Women’s Open winners – Choi and So Yeon Ryu.

    Choi pulled away at the end and reminded us again how good she can be – like when she scorched Blackwolf Run at the Women’s Open in early July with a third-round 65 on a day when the field scoring average was closer to 77.

    Meanwhile in Australia, Adam Scott won his country’s Masters while Brit Luke Donald triumphed in Japan and Henrik Stenson came up big in South Africa.

    Finally, it all went wrong in Hong Kong for Rory McIlroy in his last tune-up for this week’s Race to Dubai finale.

    McIlroy stumbled to eight bogeys and a four-putt double in 36 holes to miss the cut by three shots. Unfortunately for him, when you are world No. 1 and the presumptive Player of the Year on two major Tours, this is news.

    Clearly, global Rory is either a) Homesick, b) Lovesick, c) Human or d) All of the above and burned out, too. The vote here is d) All of the above and burned out, too.

    The winner in Hong Kong? That colorful Spanish bon vivant, Miguel Angel Jimenez.

    Stay thirsty, my friend.

    PHOTO: AFP

  • Talking The Talk On The LPGA

    19 Nov 2012

    By Mike Purkey for GlobalGolfPost

    It’s great and everything that Stacy Lewis is the first American woman in 18 years to win the Rolex Player of the Year award on the LPGA Tour. But the most groundbreaking, wide-ranging, hand-clapping event to happen to the LPGA in years took place in a minute or less on Golf Channel during the telecast of the CME Group Titleholders last Thursday. 

    In that segment, So Yeon Ryu and Sun Young Yoo (yes, as a matter of fact, I did have to go look up their names) talked – in remarkable English – about the differences in their names, their games and their personalities. I found out more about two prominent Korean players on the LPGA Tour in 30 seconds than I knew in the past five years. 

    In case you were wondering, So Yeon Ryu is this year’s Rookie of the Year even though she won the U.S. Women’s Open last year. And Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco, the first of the women’s major championships, earlier this year. Yeon and Young sound alike, while Yoo and Ryu are pronounced the same way. And on Golf Channel, the players had fun telling us about the differences and similarities. 

    Whoever thought of this should get an expensive bottle of wine, a steak dinner and next weekend off. And they should be asked to do it again – and again. We’ve been waiting a long time for someone to tell us more about the young (or is it Yeon?) women on the LPGA Tour who come from Korea. 

    Everyone knows about the language barrier. Until now, the Korean women have been reticent to learn English. Carolyn Bivens, the previous LPGA commissioner, was right even though her bedside manner was wrong when she said that the Koreans needed to make an effort to bridge the gap. 

    Yani Tseng, the current No. 1 on the Rolex World Ranking, comes from Taiwan and knew little or no English when she first appeared on the LPGA Tour. But she has worked tirelessly on her second language and is wonderful in interviews both on television and in print. She proved it could be done. 

    Now, if this Golf Channel segment is any indication, more progress is being made. The Koreans aren’t the only foreign-born players on the LPGA Tour. The continental Europeans – Suzann Pet-tersen, Sandra Gal and Azahara Muñoz, for instance, were taught English in school and their command of the language is practically flawless. 

    But it’s apparently much more difficult for the Koreans because the languages are so different and they don’t get any training in school. Yet, that’s not an excuse. Like it or not, the LPGA Tour is based in the U.S. and most all the pro-am participants speak English, so the Koreans owe it to the Tour to at least make an effort to make a contribution off the course by learning the language. 

    It’s no accident the LPGA uses its most prominent American players in its television advertising campaign. Like it or not, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, and Brittany Lincicome, among others, are the faces of the Tour. And, along with Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson, the Tour needs marquee Americans to win more often to drum up more interest for women’s golf in this country. 

    Which is why Lewis’ four victories and 16 top-10 finishes this year was such a boost to the game. Not since Beth Daniel in 1994 has an American been Player of the Year. Granted, in between we’ve had Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and Tseng, with Laura Davies and Karrie Webb sprinkled in, who dominated the Tour during those years.

    This is not to imply that Lewis is the next dominant player. But she is wonderful for the women’s game. Her story is inspiring: She had scoliosis as a child and spent seven years, 18 hours a day in a body brace before she had spinal fusion surgery at age 18, with the possibility that she might never play golf again. 

    Remarkably, she has five wins on Tour, including last year’s Kraft Nabisco. She is the top-ranked American player at No. 2. However, the LPGA Tour is full of talented players and the pool is deep with women from all over the world. 

    Inbee Park leads the money list, Pettersen won in back-to-back weeks in Asia, Jiyai Shin is back to good form, Kerr got back into the winner’s circle and Tseng is working her way out of a slump. 

    But that alone doesn’t solve the problems of the LPGA Tour. It still needs more events, particularly in the U.S., and in an uncertain economy, title sponsors in this country are harder and harder to come by. 

    The product, however, is in its best shape in years, thanks to the quality of players on the course and off. If the players keep finding ways to be embraced by fans and sponsors alike, the women’s game can, in turn, find ways to grow. 

    Success, which comes through winning by everyone involved, is easily translated into any language.

    PHOTO: Getty Images

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    16 Nov 2012

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  • Play Virtual U.S. Open Flashback Tournament

    15 Nov 2012

    Compete in the first ever Virtual U.S. Open Flashback tournament on World Golf Tour for your chance to win USGA Shop prizes.

    We're taking you back to recent U.S. Open championship courses in a special four-round stroke play tournament. It's free to enter, and you must play Round 1 by 11/25 in order to qualify for Round 2 and the prizes.

    Tournament Schedule:

    • Round 1 - Oakmont: site of 2007 U.S. Open, play Mon 11/12 thru Sun 11/25, unlimited stroke play
    • Round 2 - Bethpage: site of 2009 U.S. Open, play Mon 11/26 thru Sun 12/2, unlimited stroke play
      • Cut - Top 50% combined scores advance to Round 3
    • Round 3 - Congressional: site of 2011 U.S. Open, play Mon 12/3 thru Sun 12/9, single-play stroke play
    • Round 4 - Olympic: site of 2012 U.S. Open, play Mon 12/10 thru Sun 12/16, single-play stroke play

    The overall leaderboard champion, plus one lucky sweepstakes player will each win $500 USGA Shop gift cards to use online for real golf equipment and USGA gear. See tournament rules for eligibility.

    Play Free Tournament

  • Donate to charity for a chance to play Pebble Beach

    13 Nov 2012

    This may be your best chance to play Pebble Beach!

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

    The tournament costs 500 WGT Credits to enter and the proceeds go to the National Kidney Foundation charity, benefiting research and treatment of kidney disease.

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

    Play Charity Tournament Now

    Note: one entry will be randomly selected to win the grand prize. 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 sweepstakes drawing. See tournament rules for details and eligibility.

  • In Defense Of Guan Tianlang

    12 Nov 2012

    By Brian Hewitt for GlobalGolfPost

    A cooler head prevailed last week at the Magic Kingdom. And it had nothing to do with the outcome of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic or the final disposition of the PGA Tour money list.

    This tempest in a tea kettle was all about a bunch of Mickey Mouse blowback from grownups because a 14-year-old Chinese boy had earned a spot in the 2013 Masters a week earlier.

    When Guan Tianlang hung on to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur it was a cause for celebration in his homeland of China.

    It was also apparently a cause for raised eyebrows, second-guessing and outright sniping thousands of miles away in the U.S., where more than one PGA Tour player questioned the legitimacy of Guan’s achievement.

    Former PGA champion Steve Elkington wondered on Twitter why The Masters had approved a policy that allowed for a 14-year-old to play at Augusta.

    Tommy Gainey, who won the McGladrey Classic last month but didn't receive a Masters invite because The Masters doesn’t recognize Fall Series winners, also spoke out.

    “I feel like I deserve the opportunity as well,” Gainey said at Disney. “And him being 14, he’s young enough. He’s got plenty of time. But I’m 37.”

    Never mind that few complained when accomplished Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama gained entry to The Masters by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2010 and 2011. Matsuyama made the cut at Augusta both years and was low amateur in 2011.

    Never mind that Guan conquered a 2012 Asia-Pacific field that included Matsuyama.

    And never mind that Guan wasn’t at Disney to defend himself.

    That left it to Trevor Immelman, a former Masters champion and one of the coolest heads in all of golf, to make the teenager’s case.

    And he did so clearheadedly.

    “The Augusta National golf course and The Masters committee is always going to uphold the amateur game,” Immelman said Thursday at Disney. “They feel like it’s up to them, with the fame that they have and the notoriety they have, to try and do their part to grow the game.

    “And they felt the best thing to do was to grow the game through the amateur ranks in Asia. So, I have absolutely no problem with this.”

    Nevertheless, critics were clucking their tongues and insisting that Guan’s 250-yard drives won’t be nearly enough for the big ballpark that Augusta National has become at 7,435 yards.

    To which Immelman shook his head.

    “I played with Gary Player there once when he was 72 years old and we calculated that he couldn’t reach 11 of the par 4s,” Immelman said. “And he still shot 78 that day. I’m not worried about how this kid does.

    “At the end of the day the rules were made. He won the tournament that gets him in. So for us to argue over whether he should be there or not is really irrelevant.”

    Immelman, who will turn 32 next month, has battled injuries without complaint for several years. He arrived at Disney No. 126 on the money list and quietly reminded questioner after questioner that he was not on a top 125 bubble. His exemption from winning the 2008 Masters extends through 2013.

    On Thursday, he found himself grinding over a five-footer on the final hole at the Magnolia Course. He made the putt, signed for 80 and politely shook the hands of his amateur playing partners.

    Asked outside the scorer’s trailer to talk about Guan he was both patient and measured despite having just signed for an 8-over-par score.

    Immelman was 19 at his first Masters and he, too, had qualified as an amateur by winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links.

    “I think it’s a very good thing,” Immelman said. “At the end of the day the spirit of the tournament was really founded by Bob Jones, the greatest amateur of all time and maybe one of the greatest players of all time.”

    Asked what advice he would offer Guan, if asked, Immelman said, “Playing The Masters is the most nervous a professional will be. So, he’ll definitely be nervous. But everybody will be.

    “I think the media now is probably a little more intense now. And he will have a billion people from his own country following his progress. But he really has nothing to lose.

    “He should just try to have fun. He’s only 14. It’s hard to say it will be the greatest experience of his life because he hasn’t been around that long. It’s going to be a lot for him, but he’ll be working hard between now and then and I think he’ll be ready to go.”

    For years, the Lords of The Masters have been criticized on all sorts of issues. On occasion, they have deserved the criticism.

    Allowing a 14-year-old Chinese youth to play in the 2013 Masters is not one of those occasions.

    The Masters has made a clear and concerted effort at reaching out globally to grow the game. For this they should be commended.

    And for his strong and eloquent support of Guan Tianlang, Trevor Immelman should be commended, too.

    PHOTO: Associated Press

  • New MAX Precision Irons

    09 Nov 2012

    Get the maximum accuracy on your shots with the new MAX Precision Iron Set on World Golf tour.

    This new set of virtual irons features the maximum accuracy in the game, with slightly less total distance and a faster WGT swing meter than other top sets. Top players will want to consider pairing these precision irons with premium balls that provide more distance or slow down the swing meter, especially for closest-to-the-hole games.

    New MAX Precision Irons

    This top-performing virtual club set unlocks in the Pro Shop for WGT players at Level 45 or higher.

  • New MAX Irons, MAX Color Vapor Balls and South African Avatars

    07 Nov 2012

    We've expanded the popular new MAX line of virtual golf equipment, which provides players with the maximum performance in one key area, like precision, control or slow meter. And also added South African Avatars based on Facebook Fan voting, and doubled the Maximum Bet option for Blitz, Match Play and Skins games. Enjoy!

     

    New MAX Precision Irons

    Get maximum accuracy on your iron shots with the new MAX PRECISION Iron Set. Pair these new irons with premium golf balls for extra distance or a slower swing meter, and it's game on. Unlocks for top players at Level 45 or higher.


    New MAX Slow Meter Color Vapors

    Get the golf balls with the slowest WGT swing meter in the game to help you ding every shot – now with vapor trails available in different colors to better trace your shots. The new MAX METER Color Vapor Balls unlock for Amateur and Tour Pro players or higher.

     

    New South African Avatars

    New South African avatars wearing national colors join the collection of WGT country avatars available in the Pro Shop. See the new South African Male 1 Avatar.

     

    New Higher Maximum Betting Options

    Based on player feedback, we've doubled the maximum bet option for Blitz, Match Play and Skins Challenge games against other players for WGT Credits. Please note, you can still choose any amount you want, and because these are high-stakes challenge games, we recommend them for top WGT players only.

     

  • Virtual U.S. Open Qualifier Winner Announced, and more...

    06 Nov 2012

    We have some more WGT tournament winners to announce, including this year's Virtual U.S. Open Qualifier lucky sweepstakes winner who will be going to the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club!

    Last year's VUSO winner, mrenn29, enjoyed his grand prize trip to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club and wrote this blog post to share his experience.

    VUSO Qualifier Sweepstakes
    Winner: sportster
    Prize: sportster was the lucky sweepstakes winner, chosen at random, for a Grand Prize golf trip for two to attend the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, as the special guests of the USGA. WGT player, StoneColdKiller, also won a Grand Prize trip to next year's U.S. Open at Merion for posting the top score in the golf tournament. Congrats to both of our Virtual U.S. Open Grand Prize winners!

    WGT Kiawah Championship Sweepstakes
    Winner: worthel
    Prize: worthel was the lucky sweepstakes winner, selected at random from the qualifier, to win a $500 Amazon gift card.

    September NKF Cadillac Golf Classic
    Winners:

    1. Spammage
    2. WRWil
    3. poldimaier
    4. jlucky3333 
    5. Cygnus3000
    6. SteveOx
    7. BradySeven
    8. hognutz
    9. AllyKennedy
    10. kingstormin

    Prize: The top 10 eligible leaderboard finishers won 500 WGT Credits. Use those WGT Credits to get some new virtual golf equipment in the WGT Pro Shop, or enter some more online golf tournaments! 
    Honorable Mentions: We'd like to congratulate the following WGT players on placing in the top 10, but weren't eligible to win prizes... rikirulz, GoodyChamp, genorb and mssommer.

    October NKF Cadillac Golf Classic
    Winners: 

    1. chrisironsbones
    2. davidh29
    3. dansamcam
    4. Spammage
    5. Ffudd
    6. genorb
    7. PRIESTESS
    8. Cygnus3000
    9. xfipro
    10. KyRock75

    Prize: The top 10 eligible leaderboard finishers won 500 WGT Credits that they can use to get some new virtual golf equipment in the WGT Pro Shop, or enter more online golf tournaments! 

    There is also an ongoing tournament, NKF Cadillac Golf Classic - Pebble Beach Challenge, with a 500 credit entry fee and all proceeds going to the National Kidney Foundation. A winner chosen at random will win a dream golf trip for two to the Pebble Beach Resorts, including flights, a three night stay and two rounds of golf. Play now thru the end of the year for your chance to win!

    Congratulations to all of our winners, we'll continue to keep announcing them as we verify and confirm them. And sportster, we'd love for you to share your U.S. Open experience with us after your trip!

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



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