Here’s Your Chance to Play Golf at St. Andrews

Virtual Open ChampionshipIt’s time to accept the fact that you probably won’t be playing in the British Open Championship this year at St. Andrews. Yes, it’s disappointing to realize that your dream will have to wait one more year. However, there is some good news for you.

The R&A today has introduced the Virtual Open Championship, which is a high definition online game that includes a photorealistic representation of the Old Course at St Andrews. It’s free to enter and could be your best shot at winning the Open Championship.

Virtal Open qualifying rounds will take place from 1 June on, and, before the leading 156 competitors contest two championship rounds in the week immediately following The Open. One official winner will receive an all expenses paid trip for two to St Andrews.

“The R&A is dedicated to developing the game of golf, and The Open Championship plays a huge part in our efforts,” said Adam Lynch, Head of Digital Media for The R&A. “This partnership with World Golf Tour enables us to reach more fans than ever before and give them a taste of competitive golf at the home of the game. We are delighted to offer this as we approach the 150th Anniversary of The Open Championship.”

In creating the game, more than 100,000 HD images were captured, geo-referenced and placed into a patented physics simulator, allowing game developer World Golf Tour to replicate the course to an accuracy of within one and a half inches.