WGT Golf News

  • Scheduled Downtime 7/1

    30 Jun 2010

    Heads up!  We will have a short downtime on July 1st starting at 1:00am PST to fix some issues from today's deploy.  The site will be back up within two hours.  Thanks for your patience.

  • Introducing Country Club Tournaments, New Equipment, and More

    29 Jun 2010

    Here are the highlights from today's product release. While we make an effort to include all updates made to the product, please note that occasionally some changes are unintentionally omitted.

    Compete Against Your Friends in User-Created Tournaments!

    You can now create tournaments that can be played only by members of your country club!  Any club member can set up a tournament for their fellow club members to participate in. They can be free, and players will compete for a virtual trophy and bragging rights, or you can set an entry fee and have a credit payout for the winners! Select between Stroke Play or Closest-to-the-Hole formats and select what course to play, green speed, wind strength and hole locations.

    Go to your Country Club homepage now to create a tournament! Or if you aren't a member of club yet, create or join one now!

    Invite More Friends to Join the Fun! Country Clubs Can Now Include Up to 250 Players.

    You can now increase the size of your country club! Club owners can raise the club member limit by accessing the Country Club’s Owner Tools section and selecting a new club size. Owners can increase the club to a total of 30 members for an additional 100 credits, 50 members for 150 credits, 100 members for 250 credits, or a maximum of 250 members for 500 credits.

    Tournaments are more fun with more competition so increase the size of your club today!


    Light up the Course with New Vapor Balls.

    Now you can watch your ball in flight with new Vapor trail balls. The GI-3S Vapor, GI-SD Vapor, and Tour-SD Vapor leave a trail in the ball's color that allows you to watch your ball's path in flight.  Check them out in the Pro Shop.


    New Loudmouth Avatars

    Express yourself and have a little fun on the course with these colorful ensembles from Loudmouth.


    Bug Fixes and Other Changes

    • Championship tees added for Kiawah Island
    • New hole locations have been added to St Andrews and they will debut in the Championship rounds of the Virtual Open Championship
    • A free drop after hitting an immovable obstruction will no longer result in a lost ball
    • Waterboy award is now being properly awarded in CTTH games

  • Monday Replay Highlights

    28 Jun 2010
  • 10% Credit Bonus, 24 Hours Only

    25 Jun 2010

    Buy Credits and Receive a 10% Bonus Starting at Noon Today, Pacific Time!

    For every dollar you deposit, you'll receive 110 credits until noon PST, June 26.

    Use WGT credits to upgrade your equipment in the Pro Shop, enter premium tournaments, or challenge other players in match play games.

    To purchase credits, click on the ACCOUNT button under your username on the upper left hand side of the screen, then click on the Buy Credits tab.

    Hurry, the offer is good only on credit purchases made between noon on June 25 and noon on June 26, Pacific Time.

  • A Walk With Watson

    23 Jun 2010

    By Stephanie Wei

    Doffing his cap to the gallery, a misty-eyed Tom Watson made his way up to the 17th green for probably the last time at a US Open. Next to him was his son, Michael, who was carrying his bag on Father’s Day. To their right, the crowd lining the fairway to the fans sitting in the grandstands had broken out in a warm standing ovation. At the foot of the stands, I clapped while I tried to soak in the moment and looked on in awe of Watson, particularly the memories he shared with the 17th hole at Pebble Beach on US Open Sundays.

    It was here that Watson chipped in from the thick rough left of the green to a difficult back left pin placement to clinch victory at the ’82 championship by a shot over Jack Nicklaus. On this Sunday — 28 years later — the flag was in a similar spot, where Watson knocked his second shot from the bunker to tap-in range to save par.

    As he and playing partner Edoardo Molinari and their caddies were walking off the green, they stopped while Watson gestured toward something in the direction of the pin — perhaps he was explaining the hour glass shape of the green or maybe he was recalling his incredible shot in ’82. Who knows, but I’ve been kicking myself because I forgot to ask him when he spoke to reporters later.

    After hitting a beautiful drive down the middle on 18, he tipped his cap and smiled at the fans all the way down the fairway. “Tommy!” and “Tom!” cheers roared the entire time.

    I could feel the chills going down my spine and I started to get a little choked up. There’s something about these sentimental moments in sports that make me very emotional (I mean, I cried for nearly a week after Watson lost the British Open. And yes, I admit to it.).

    His second shot on the par 5 flew into the bunker just short and right of the green. He looked down at the ground in disappointment after he realized the ball didn’t end up where he wanted.

    As Watson walked up to the 18th green the hole-long standing ovation continued. By the time he reached the green, tears were running down his face. But he managed to hit another beautiful shot from the sand for the second hole in a row, knocking it to about three feet for birdie.

    Unable to see through his watery eyes, he missed the putt, but made the comeback for par.

    “There were a lot of emotions going on there on 18 today,” Watson said. “Even with my son on the bag and all the memories, great memories I’ve had here.”

    Surrounded by a handful of reporters behind the 18th green (including yours truly), Michael was also fighting the emotions when asked about the putt. With his eyes hidden behind dark shades, he took a second to collect himself and quietly said, “He missed. He missed..it was tough in the moment.”

    After Watson hugged his son for a touching moment — particularly on Father’s Day — he stopped for the dramatic throw of his ball into the water. “It was fitting. It was ‘thank you,’” Michael said.

    “Well, I threw the ball in the ocean after I won the U.S. Open in 1982,” Watson explained.  And what you do, you give the ocean its due because you never know when it’s going to take it from you.”

    After he was whisked away to the flash interview area, a marshal reminded Michael she needed his caddie bib. “I don’t know if I want to give this back to you,” he said only half-jokingly while he simultaneously pulled it over his head and handed it to her.

    Five minutes later, the same lady returned and asked Michael if he wanted to keep the bib. I can’t even describe the look on his face and gratitude in his voice, but he was very appreciative. “That’s going up on the wall,” he said, folding it gently and putting carefully in his dad’s bag.

    I just felt lucky to witness a little sliver of Tom Watson’s last round at a US Open. Oh, memories. Thank you, Tom.


  • And When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

    21 Jun 2010

    By Stephanie Wei

    After Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell two-putted from 30 feet for par to clinch the US Open title, he looked to the sky, fists clenched and let out a sigh of relief. The grueling battle against Pebble Beach was finally over and he had outlasted the field to win his first major and to become the first European to win the event in 40 years.

    On a day where the groans were more frequent than the cheers, McDowell shot a ho-hum 74, three-over, to win by a stroke over Frenchman Gregory Havret, a virtually unknown name in the US whose world ranking was 391 entering the championship. For the people who watched the trainwreck action at home, some probably want a refund on those five hours of their time. And for the players who slogged and punted their way around the course, all — with the exception of McDowell and perhaps Havret — probably wish they could have theirs, too.

    With his only birdie of the day coming on the par 3, 5th, McDowell posted four bogeys in the final 10 holes to get back to level par for the championship. If there hadn’t been a pretty trophy afterward, the round was forgettable. Pebble Beach was playing just that hard.

    The course was firm, the pins were tight, mistakes were punished, egos were bruised — and welcome to the US Open. a true test in golf designed to examine every aspect of a competitors game. And perhaps better known by the players as a test in torture (whose wails are heard loud and clear the second after they walk out the scoring trailer).

    As it happened, McDowell was the survivor, who deserves credit where it’s due. McDowell minimized his mistakes both physically and mentally, and played the most consistently from tee to green over the course of 72 holes.

    “It hasn’t really hit me yet,” he said. “I work so hard at being calmed and disciplined out there today that I’m still feeling a little too calm right now.  I need to get a beer in my hand or something.”

    Sitting in McDowell’s press conference, I quickly realized, he’s the kind of guy I’d enjoy bantering with over some pints. Perhaps he’s not the most sexy winner — I mean, he’s no Tiger, Phil, Ernie or even DJ — but he’s a very gracious and likable one with a salty sense of humor.

    “I was surprised that Gregory Havret was the guy closest to me,” he said. “No disrespect to Gregory, he’s a great player, but when you have Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els obviously there, you’re not expecting Gregory Havret to be the guy you’ve got to fend off.”

    /interview room explodes with respectful laughter

    Forget the cliched robotic answers. He spoke candidly and freely, which was refreshing, and answered questions thoughtfully and patiently — similar to the way he played.

    I was proud of myself the way I stayed calm today,” he said. “To win at Pebble Beach, to join the names, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Tiger Woods, me — wow.  I’m not quite sure if I belong in that list, but, hey, I’m there now.”

    McDowell also has a customary cold beer after a long day — on the night before winning the US Open, it was an Amstel Light (but he doesn’t have a beer of choice) with his dinner at Montrio’s in Monterey. He slept in until 9:30 on Sunday morning before having a cup of coffee at Monterey Plaza.

    In the ’90s, he was a big fan of Ernie Els and for some reason when he thinks of the US Open, it reminds him of Ernie winning it in ’94 at Oakmont and again in ’97 at Congressional, which was around the time he decided he wanted to be a competitive golfer. His brother is a scratch golfer and the two grew up playing at Portrush. The European Tour is his home tour and will continue to be, but he’s been playing to get his PGA Tour card next season to play more in the US.

    As a big soccer fan, he’s been waking up early to watch the World Cup. He’s going to bring the trophy back to the other side of the pond later this week, where he’ll consume a few beverages from it. And he’s not sure when he’ll sober up.

    See how much I learned about Graeme in just one press conference? If only all players spoke so freely.

    Someone get the man a beer already.

    [Photos by: Allan Henry/Golf Chronicles]

  • Happy Father's Day from WGT and The Glenlivet

    20 Jun 2010

    Happy father's day!  Join us in celebrating all the dads out there by entering The Glenlivet Father's Day Open for a chance to win one of three The Glenlivet-branded premium golf bags.  Happy hitting!


  • Friday Replay Highlights

    18 Jun 2010
  • 2010 U.S. Open TV Schedule and Tournament Notes

    17 Jun 2010

    By The Armchair Golfer

    THE 2010 U.S. OPEN gets underway on Thursday at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Lucas Glover defends in an international field of 156 players.

    Purse: $7.5 million
    Winner’s share: $1.35 million
    Defending champion: Lucas Glover

    The field
    Player bios
    Groupings and tee times
    Player interviews
    Pebble Beach hole by hole (including fly-over video)
    U.S. Open news
    U.S. Open on Twitter
    Photo gallery
    Past winners
    U.S. Open records

    2010 U.S. Open Leaderboard
    2010 U.S. Open hole-by-hole summary
    2010 U.S. Open statistics


    More than 30 hours of TV coverage are scheduled for the 2010 U.S. Open.

    Thu, June 17
    ESPN 1-3 PM ET
    NBC 3-5 PM ET
    ESPN 5-10 PM ET

    Fri, June 18
    ESPN 1-3 PM ET
    NBC 3-5 PM ET
    ESPN 5-10 PM ET

    Sat, June 19
    NBC 4:30-11 PM ET

    Sun, June 20
    NBC 3-9 PM ET

    (Images: Keith Allison/Flickr)

  • Labeling the US Open Pairings

    11 Jun 2010

    By Stephanie Wei

    The USGA released the US Open pairings on Friday afternoon (way to mess up my plan to start happy hour early). As some of you may know, the USGA enjoys putting together amusing pairings. In the past. Apparently this year they lost their sense of humor — unless I’m totally missing the joke behind some of the groups (which might be the case). Well, there are still the traditional obvious ones, which I’ve highlighted, along with my spin on a few. Don’t got me wrong, though, they’re still fantastic pairings. So, here they are and please feel free to top me or point out other connections. Enjoy!

    Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera — Past US Open Champions

    Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby — Awesome Aussies

    Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard, Scott Verplank — Past US Amateur Champions

    David Duval, Tom Lehman, Ben Curtis — Past British Open Champions

    Sergio Garcia, Steve Stricker, Paul Casey — Best Players Never to Win a Major (Yet)

    Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, Ricky Barnes — Hey Brah, You See That Hot Chick?

    Tom Watson, Ryo Ishikawa, Rory McIlroy — Two Kids and a Legend

    Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang — Tiger Nemeses

    Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els — Three Damn Good Players

    Stewart Cink, Ben An, Lucas Glover — A USGA Tradition Unlike Any Other: British Open, US Amateur and US Open reigning champions

    Stuart Appleby, Rory Sabbatini, Stephen Ames — Is This the *** Group?

    Ian Poulter, Yuta Ikeda, Henrik Stenson — My Eyes, My Eyes! Can’t Miss ‘Em

    Alvaro Quiros, Ryan Moore, Michael Sim — Young Dudes That Don’t Suck

    Andrew Putnam (a), Ty Tyron, Hugo Leon — In Need of a Big Break

    Vijay Singh, Dustin Johnson, Davis Love III — At One Point the Longest Hitter on Tour (DJ is currently and Love and Singh were in their younger days. By the way, if I’m Davis — who is far too nice — I’d punch Vijay on the first tee for getting a free pass when Davis had to qualify with a similar career resume and didn’t play last year because he failed to qualify. You know, just saying.)

    Here’s the tee sheet in full:

    Thursday (June 17), hole #1; Friday (June 18), hole #10

    7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Deane Pappas, South Africa; Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; Paul Sheehan, Australia

    7:11 a.m. - 12:41 p.m. - Steve Marino, Tequesta, Fla.; Gregory Havret, France; Charles Warren, Greenville, S.C.

    7:22 a.m. - 12:52 p.m. - Toru Taniguchi, Japan; Soren Hansen, Denmark; Edoardo Molinari, Italy

    7:33 a.m. - 1:03 p.m. - Francesco Molinari, Italy; Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan

    7:44 a.m. - 1:14 p.m. - Tim Clark, South Africa; K. J. Choi, Korea; Mike Weir, Canada

    7:55 a.m. – 1:25 p.m. - Adam Scott, Australia; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Robert Allenby, Australia

    8:06 a.m. - 1:36 p.m. - Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Justin Leonard, Dallas, Texas; Scott Verplank, Edmond, Okla.

    8:17 a.m. - 1:47 p.m. - Stewart Cink, Duluth, Ga.; A-Byeong-Hun An, Korea; Lucas Glover, Simpsonville, S.C.

    8:28 a.m. - 1:58 p.m. - Ian Poulter, England; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; Henrik Stenson, Sweden

    8:39 a.m. - 2:09 p.m. Trevor Immelman, South Africa; Robert Karlsson, Sweden; David Toms, Shreveport, La.

    8:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. - Jason Gore, Valencia, Calif.; Arjun Atwal, India; Jim Herman, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

    9:01 a.m. – 2:31 p.m. - A-Andrew Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Ty Tryon, Orlando, Fla.; Hugo Leon, Chile

    9:12 a.m. - 2:42 p.m. - Kent Eger, Canada; A-Alex Martin, Liberty Twp., Ohio; Jon Curran, Hopkinton, Mass.

    Thursday (June 17), hole #10; Friday (June 18), hole #1

    7:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Rafael Cabrera - Bello, Spain; John Mallinger, Long Beach, Calif.; Stephen Allan, Australia

    7:11 a.m. - 12:41 p.m. - Mikko Ilonen, Finland; Derek Lamely, Ft. Myers, Fla.; James Morrison, England

    7:22 a.m. - 12:52 p.m. - Brian Gay, Windermere, Fla.; Simon Khan, England; Bo Van Pelt, Tulsa, Okla.

    7:33 a.m. - 1:03 p.m. - Camilo Villegas, Colombia; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Luke Donald, England

    7:44 a.m. - 1:14 p.m. - Retief Goosen, South Africa; Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina

    7:55 a.m. – 1:25 p.m. - Stuart Appleby, Australia; Rory Sabbatini, South Africa; Stephen Ames, Canada

    8:06 a.m. - 1:36p.m. - Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Padraig Harrington, Ireland; Y. E. Yang, Korea

    8:17 a.m. - 1:47 p.m. - David Frost, South Africa; Kaname Yokoo, Japan; Eric Axley, Knoxville, Tenn.

    8:28 a.m. - 1:58 p.m. - Nick Watney, Las Vegas, Nev.; Hunter Mahan, Colleyville, Texas; Ricky Barnes, Phoenix, Ariz.

    8:39 a.m. – 2:09 p.m. - Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand; Ross McGowan, England

    8:50 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. - Kevin Na, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; A-Ben Martin, Greenwood, S.C.; Matt Bettencourt, Greenville

    9:01 a.m. – 2:31 p.m. - Craig Barlow, Henderson, Nev.; Kent Jones, Albuquerque, N.M.; Bobby Gates, The Woodlands, Texas

    9:12 a.m. - 2:42 p.m. - Dan McCarthy, Syracuse, N.Y.; A-Joseph Bramlett, Saratoga, Calif.; Travis Hampshire, Tampa, Fla.

    12:30 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. - Steve Wheatcroft, Jacksonville, Fla.; A-Morgan Hoffmann, Wyckoff, N.J.; Rikard Karlberg, Sweden

    12:41 p.m. - 7:11 a.m. - Marc Leishman, Australia; Rafa Echenique, Argentina; John Rollins, Colleyville, Texas

    12:52 p.m. - 7:22 a.m. - Tbd, Far Hills, N.J.; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Shaun Micheel, Collierville, Tenn.

    1:03 p.m. - 7:33 a.m. - David Duval, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; Tom Lehman, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ben Curtis, Stow, Ohio

    1:14 p.m. - 7:44 a.m. - Sergio Garcia, Spain; Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.; Paul Casey, England

    1:25 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. - Bob Estes, Abilene, Texas; Brendon De Jonge, Zimbabwe; Brian Davis, England

    1:36 p.m. - 8:06 a.m. - Lee Westwood, England; Ernie Els, South Africa; Tiger Woods, Windermere, Fla.

    1:47 p.m. - 8:17 a.m. - Ben Crane, Westlake, Texas; Peter Hanson, Sweden; Jerry Kelly, Madison, Wis.

    1:58 p.m. - 8:28 a.m. - Martin Kaymer, Germany; Sean O’Hair, West Chester, Pa.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

    2:09 p.m. - 8:39 a.m. - Heath Slocum, Alpharetta, Ga.; Oliver Wilson, England; John Senden, Australia

    2:20 p.m. - 8:50 a.m. - Mathias Gronberg, Sweden; Azuma Yano, Japan; Harrison Frazar, Dallas, Texas

    2:31 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. - Jason Preeo, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; A-Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine, Fla.; Mark Silvers, Savannah, Ga.

    2:42 p.m. - 9:12 a.m. - Kenny Kim, Korea; A-Bennett Blakeman, Burr Ridge, Ill.; Blaine Peffley, Lebanon, Pa.

    Thursday (June 17), hole #10; Friday (June 18), hole #1

    12:30 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. - Terry Pilkadaris, Australia; Rich Barcelo, Reno, Nev.; Gary Boyd, England

    12:41 p.m. - 7:11 a.m. - Jean-Francois Lucquin, France; Chris Stroud, Houston, Texas; Gareth Maybin, Northern Ireland

    12:52 p.m. - 7:22 a.m. - Simon Dyson, England; J. J. Henry, Fort Worth, Texas; Alex Cejka, Czech Republic

    1:03 p.m. - 7:33 a.m. - Michael Campbell, New Zealand; Seung Yul Noh, Korea; Paul Goydos, Coto De Caza, Calif.

    1:14 p.m. - 7:44 a.m. - Aaron Baddeley, Australia; Pablo Martin, Spain; Rhys Davies, Wales

    1:25 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. - Alvaro Quiros, Spain; Ryan Moore, Spanaway, Wash.; Michael Sim, Australia

    1:36 p.m. - 8:06 a.m. - Vijay Singh, Fiji; Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Davis Love III, Sea Island, Ga.

    1:47 p.m. - 8:17 a.m. - Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Tom Watson, Stillwell, Kan.

    1:58 p.m. - 8:28 a.m. - Kenny Perry, Franklin, Ky.; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain; Fred Funk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

    2:09 p.m. - 8:39 a.m. - Ross Fisher, England; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa

    2:20 p.m. - 8:50 a.m. - Daniel Summerhays, Farmington, Utah; A-Scott Langley, St. Louis, Mo.; Matthew Richardson, England

    2:31 p.m. – 9:01 a.m. - Erik Compton, Coral Gables, Fla.; A-Russell Henley, Macon, Ga.; Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.

    2:42 p.m. - 9:12 a.m. - Erick Justesen, Sacramento, Calif.; Jerry Smith, Oskaloosa, Iowa; A-Hudson Swafford, Tallahassee, Fla.

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