Virtual reality allows fans at home to see Memorial Tournament up close

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DUBLIN, OH (WCMH) – Imagine watching the Memorial Tournament, standing right on the fringe of the green. 

It’s possible now with virtual reality for fans at home.

Austin Wade, 10, couldn’t wait to put the headset on to try it out himself.

“You feel like you’re sitting down and you can just relax and look around and see golfers,” he said. “Felt pretty cool.”

The Memorial Tournament is the third event this year the PGA Tour and Intel have brought the immersive experience to users.

“Our team here in the truck is putting together a show similar to what you’d see on traditional broadcast where we’re switching cameras for them,” said implementation manager Blake Rowe. “We’re also giving users the experience at home to select the viewpoint they want to watch from.”

It’s a way for fans to experience events they may not be able to attend and feel like they’re on the course with the players.

Rowe said it’s available on the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. It’s also supported on iOS and Android. 

“I’ve got a bird’s eye view. I’m also seeing instant replays so it’s kind of the best of both worlds,” said VR spectator Rian Rainey. “It’s nice to be able to look around, get the experience from the audience, see them clapping but then also see the players’ reactions all in real time.”

The par-3 12th hole is also available to view on augmented reality.

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