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2019 U.S. Open app aims to bring fans directly into the action through augmented reality

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This year’s U.S. Open app will allow fans to experience Pebble Beach in new and enhanced ways through the use of augmented reality.

The USGA’s app, which is powered by Cisco, will provide users with a 360-degree virtual reality, which includes cameras inside the ropes for behind the scenes access, as well as a virtual photo booth.

The virtual photo booth enables fans who are unable to attend the championship to grab a piece of Pebble Beach for themselves via augmented reality. Users will be able to use the virtual photo booth to take a scenic selfie with Pebble Beach as the backdrop, using a method called the “parallax experience” which takes a static photo and adds subtle movement to it, creating a near 3D effect.

For those lucky enough to be attending the 119th U.S. Open this week, the 2019 app contains an on-site map which includes a wayfinding feature powered by Cisco. The technology provides step-by-step directions to navigate to their favorite players, iconic locations, concessions and amenities around the course.

Speaking on the 2019 U.S. Open app, Navin Singh, chief commercial officer of the USGA, stated

“Building on the success of the 2018 U.S. Open App and other USGA digital platforms, we set out to create truly unique experiences for today’s sports enthusiasts. With our partner Cisco, we have built a first-of-its-kind, course-wide Wi-Fi network that gives us the speed and confidence to dynamically deliver content and new experiences to our fans through the 2019 U.S. Open App. We’ve been able to stretch our imagination, creating innovative features that help fans everywhere to consume, share and engage with the championship like never before.”

The app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (9.20.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Lajosi Putters using a mix of tellurium copper and stainless damascus on this flat-stick.

Craziness on the course!

Restored Ping Anser 4 from Kick Stand Putters.

Inventive work from Dormie Workshop.

Great shot of Toronto Golf Club courtesy of Drew Harvey.

Custom Scotty Cameron Newport 2 from The Golf Garage.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Details of ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’ involving Woods, McIlroy, Matsuyama and Day released

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The upcoming skins match in Japan involving Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama is set, with a prize purse of $350,00 up for grabs.

The opening six holes of the event billed as ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’, will be worth $10,000 each, with the value of holes increasing as the match continues – with the potential of there being a total of $100,000 on the line on the 18th hole.

The event is scheduled to finish under the lights, and according to the release, will feature “special in-match challenges and surprises.”

Viewers in the U.S. can watch the skins match live on Golf Channel, while those outside the U.S. will be able to tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV. Viewers in the UK and Ireland will need to pay a subscription fee for the service.

Coverage of ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’, which takes place on the week of the Zozo Championship, begins on Oct. 20 at 11 PM ET.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (9.18.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

A mixture of burl, resin and copper used for this flat-stick from Hardwood Putters.

Bettinardi’s Honeycomb 303SS Belt and Brass Tour Dept. Ball Marker coming to the Hive this Thursday.

What did you make of Lexi Thompson’s controversial reaction to this fore shout at last week’s Solheim Cup, WRXers?

Jason Dufner another man using SuperSpeed to start the new Tour season.

Fans of the Phillies will love this creation from Dormie.

Military-themed flat-stick from CNC Creations.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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