WGT Golf News

  • August Tournaments

    06 Aug 2009

    August tournaments have begun! Check the Tournament Calendar for the full schedule of monthly and weekly events. Highlights include new weekly stroke play and closest-to-the-hole challenges, and a tierless International Open.

    Also in August are four more chances to win trips to Pinehurst Resort. Be sure to participate in the PVP Open and the two PVP Sweepstakes. Don't miss these opportunities to enjoy a vacation at one of the best golf resorts in the world and chances to play with or against Fred Couples or Nick Faldo. Congratulations to kraneburg, winner of the July 1-14 (#3) sweeps drawing, and sabbath270 and JALAII, winners of the July PVP Open.

    There are two more premium tournaments coming up soon that will run through September, so keep an eye out for them!

  • Scheduled Downtime 8/5/09

    05 Aug 2009

    We are performing database maintenance tonight starting at 11PM, and expect the site to be down for 6-8 hours. This is system maintenance and not a product update, so there are no new features being deployed.

  • Winner Profile - JReitzel: What’s in their bag?

    04 Aug 2009

    Hi everyone, this is the first of a new blog series profiling the clubs in our winners' bags! JReitzel is the hack tier winner of the Week 30 18-hole Stroke Play Tournament. What’s in his bag?

    • PING G10 Pro 9.5° Driver
    • PING G10 Pro 3 Fairway Wood
    • PING G10 Pro 3 Hybrid 21° (Steel)
    • PING G10 Iron Set (Steel)
    • PING Tour W Pro 54° Wedge
    • PING Tour W Pro 60° Wedge
    • PING iWi Anser Series Putter
    • WGT GI-D golf balls
  • Tiger Wins the Buick Open and We're All Shocked

    02 Aug 2009

    By Stephanie Wei

    Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

    Tiger won the 51st and last Buick Open by three shots over Roland Thatcher, John Senden and Greg Chalmers. He fired three-under-par 69 for a 72 hole total of 20-under-par on the way to his 69th career win. Yada, yada, yada…a bunch of relative unknowns rounded up the top ten, including a guy named Brian Vranesh. Has anyone heard of him? I don’t think I’ve ever said his name before.

    I could have written this headline last night and I was tempted to — as a joke.

    It almost looked like Tiger was bored. I mean, I was falling asleep while I watched. He had three birdies and fifteen pars. He continued to struggle from the tee, hitting about 53% of the fairways for the week. But per usual he scrambled his way to the winner’s circle. (Lest we forget, he has a lot of practice playing from the trees.) Oh, the putter was working for him, though. We also had the unique opportunity of seeing the CBS commentators analyze his swing via “Swing Vision” at least two dozen times.

    I wish Tiger could have made a few more birdies just to make it a tad exciting. Or perhaps some of the others could have made a better run. I know the rest of the field didn’t technically “give up,” but everyone knows Tiger rarely blows leads going into the final day.

    The exciting part of the day came from the loud cheers of the enthusiastic fans. The scenes on the final two holes were pretty incredible. On the 17th, the crowd chanted, “Let’s Go Tiger!” They waved signs, such as “Buick Open: One More Year.” It just shows how much the tournament means to the local community. It really is a shame GM can no longer afford to keep their sponsorship. As Tiger walked up to the 18th green, the stampede flooded the fairway. After he putted out, he tossed his ball into the gallery that had gathered behind him.

    It was really classy he decided to play in the Buick — it gave the fans a lasting memory as they bade farewell to the longstanding and cherished tour stop.

    So Tiger has win a fourth win in ‘09 under his belt. He is still “struggling,” though — I hope he wins the PGA Championship so critics will stop saying he’s not as dominant as he used to be. It’s funny; I never used to be this supportive of Tiger until people started doubting him this season. Maybe I just like to play devil’s advocate.

  • Community Tips

    28 Jul 2009

    It's time for some more game tips from our helpful community players!

  • One Week Left to Play July Tournaments

    24 Jul 2009

    Summer is going by fast... there is only one week left to play the July tournaments! If we could choose one tournament to play, it would be the July People v Pros Sweepstakes. With fewer than 100 people entered, your chances are great for winning the dream vacation to Pinehurst where you get to play golf with Fred Couples or Nick Faldo!

  • June People v Pros Champions

    21 Jul 2009

    Congratulations to jbart99 and nivlac for winning the June People v The Pros Open! Also congratulations to myft5 and SandyMcMandy for winning the June 1-14 and June 15-30 People v The Pros Sweepstakes drawings! They will all meet up at Pinehurst Resort in October for an unforgettable golf getaway. There is still plenty of opportunity to win these great trips, with two spots to compete for in the July People vs the Pros Open and two sweepstakes drawings this month in the People vs The Pros Sweepstakes.

  • Pictures from the Tahoe Celebrity Golf Week

    18 Jul 2009

    A couple of us from WGT had the chance to go to this week's American Century Championship, and here are some pictures we took!

    Charles Barkley

    Ray Romano

  • British Open and Celebrity Tahoe Golf

    14 Jul 2009

    Be sure to tune in this week to the British Open at Turnberry and the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe! Remember that this month, you can compete in two tournaments where the winners get trips to these events in 2010.

    Play the Pilsner Urquell 2010 Open Challenge for a chance to win a trip for two to next year's 150th anniversary British Open at St Andrews Links, and the NBCSports Tahoe Challenge for a chance to win a trip for two to next year's American Century Championship.

    Check out our ad spot for the NBCSports Tahoe Challenge!

  • Golf Balls, New Clubs, and More

    09 Jul 2009

    Here are the highlights from today's product release:

    Golf Balls in the Pro Shop

    You can now purchase virtual golf balls in the Pro Shop. The golf balls for sale in the Pro Shop will give you some incremental benefits over the basic ball you are given for free when you create an account. There will also be more advanced balls coming out in the future that will further improve your game. Read more about virtual golf balls in our FAQs.

    New Clubs in the Pro Shop

    • Ping G10 Pros (available only to Pro and Master tier players) - Fitted with stiff shafts to accommodate a faster swing speed
    • Ping Raptures (driver, fairway wood, hybrid, and iron set) - Highly advanced game improvement clubs that use exotic materials and innovative design to be very forgiving, while being capable of above-average distances
    • Ping iWi Anser - A finely balanced putter to increase precision
    • TaylorMade Tour Burner (driver, fairway wood, hybrid, and iron set) - Fitted with stiff shafts, these clubs will help you go the distance
    • TaylorMade Spider Putter - The beautiful and forgiving putter
    • TaylorMade R9 TP Driver - Bomb away with the Pro Style club and custom stiff shaft
    • WGT Tour Starters in multiple colors - Embrace your personal style

    ** Many of you have asked whether you will be able to trade in your clubs in the future. We are working on this feature now, and will announce an expected release date as we get closer to completing it.

    Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Closest-to-the-Hole Challenge

    Play the same course at the same time as Michael Jordan and Ray Romano, as shown on NBC Sports. Set along the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Edgewood Tahoe is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world, and is rated by Golf Digest Magazine as one of "America's Top Golf Courses." Play the course free in this month's NBCSports Tahoe Challenge, in which all U.S. players will be entered into a sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a trip and VIP access to the 2010 American Century Championship in Tahoe.

    Earnings Leaders on the Homepage

    Instead of displaying the top players according to Average Score on the homepage, we are now displaying the Earnings Leaders. This leaderboard more accurately shows the most active top players in the game.

    PayPal Now Accepted

    You can now use PayPal to purchase WGT credits, making it easier than ever to enter premium tournaments and purchase virtual equipment in the Pro Shop.

    Tee Changes

    Players from certain tiers have been moved up on the tees:

    Kiawah: Hack and Amateur tier players tee off from the blue tees, Pro tier players tee off from the white tees, and Master tier players tee off from the gold tees.

    Bethpage: Hack and Amateur tier players tee off from the red tees, Pro tier players tee off from the white tees, and Master tier players tee off from the blue tees.

    Friend and Invitation Alert Improvements

    There is no longer a chime sound when your friends become available and unavailable. A chime sounds only when you are invited to a multiplayer game, when you receive a friend invitation, or when it's your turn to take a shot in a multiplayer game, and there is the option to turn this off in the game options menu. You can also adjust the volume of the chime by using your computer's volume control or the "Music/Ambient" volume control in the game options menu. Finally, the volume of the music that plays when you first launch the game has been decreased.

    Bug Fixes

    • You should now see your new friends in the Friends section of your Profile page.
    • When your ball goes into the hole after hitting a pin, you will receive a Hit the Pin award.
    • Yardages were corrected on a couple of holes on Bethpage Black.
    • The Ping G10 Graphite and Steel Iron Sets have had their Proshop distances corrected to match the actual performance of the clubs.
    • The first hole on Edgewood Tahoe indicates that you are hitting off the rough instead of the fairway, which was incorrect.

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