Fans have more ways than ever to follow the Open

Fans will be able to follow the U.S. Open like never before thanks to a comprehensive suite of digital offerings that will immerse audiences in the action at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club from June 13-16. 
 
“We’re thrilled to provide fans with an exceptional level of access to this year’s championship through a number of innovative digital offerings that are sure to provide golf fans unparalleled access to the action from Pinehurst Resort & Country Club,” said USGA Chief Commercial Officer Jon Podany. “From live streaming and our new in-app Showcase Mode to in-depth performance analytics, golf fans across the world will be able to engage in the U.S. Open.” 
 
From June 13-16 fans can expect: 
 
USGA App Built by Deloitte 
 
The USGA App Built by Deloitte* is an all-in-one destination for fans that offers features and innovations to bolster wall-to-wall content for the U.S. Open and provide a more engaging digital landscape in which fans can immerse themselves.    
    
New this year, the app will feature a leader board “Showcase Mode,” which is designed to innovate in the area that garners the most interaction and engagement. This mode will complement the scoring experience, offering live streaming and immersive, vertical storytelling alongside the leader board. Fans will also be able to follow the championship leader board and individual player scorecards on their iOS phone’s lock screen via Live Activities. 
 
ShotCast Powered by Cisco 
 
ShotCast powered by Cisco will allow fans to follow the U.S. Open through a next-generation digital experience featuring every shot from every player. The elevated digital experience, leveraging the PGA Tour’s ShotLink technology, will be available on both the app and on web and will include dynamic shot trails, radar data, 3D hole imagery, green views and video highlights, so fans can follow everything live or catch up on their favorite players after the round. From the first tee to the final putt, ShotCast Powered by Cisco is reimagining the ways fans experience championship season. 
 
“The Course” In Collaboration with Deloitte 
 
Experience all 18 holes of Pinehurst No. 2, in collaboration with Deloitte. Get expert insights on what the world’s best players will face on the iconic Donald Ross design that is hosting the U.S. Open for the first time since 2014 in a dedicated section of the app and web experiences. 
 
Live Streaming Presented by American Express 
 
Featured groups coverage, presented by American Express, will be available all four rounds of the championship on Peacock, with three groups on Thursday and Friday in both the morning and afternoon. Over the weekend, there will be three separate streams of either two featured groups and a par-3 channel, or three featured groups. Additional live streams will be available on usopen.com and on the USGA app for iOS and Android. 
 
USGA Fantasy Flip Presented by Ally  
 
New this year, this free-to-play fantasy game will offer fans the chance to be invested in the action. Fans will be able to build their own team by opening a pack of player cards and then root for the players on their team who will score points according to their performance on the course. This game will be available during all eight broadcasted USGA championships and will offer fans the chance to win great prizes throughout the season, including two tickets to next year’s U.S. Open. 
 
“One Moment in Time” Payne Stewart AR Photo Experience 
 
In 1999, Payne Stewart authored one of the most exciting and dramatic conclusions to a U.S. Open when he sank a 15-foot par putt to win by one stroke at Pinehurst No. 2. His iconic celebration is immortalized by a life-sized statue near the 18th green. It’s a Pinehurst tradition to take a photo and strike your best pose with the statue when on the resort grounds. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s iconic championship moment, fans will be able to use the camera on their mobile phone to take a photo with a realistic 3D rendering of the statue from anywhere via augmented reality.

Feature photo by Sandhills Sentinel photographer Wendy Hodges.

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