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WGT, Golf Channel announce 2014 Virtual Tour

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Pebble Beach, Merion, Bethpage Black and St. Andrews … all within the click of a mouse. Seem enticing?

World Golf Tour and Golf Channel are excited to announce the 2014 WGT Virtual Tour, the first-ever online golf season where players will be able to access a myriad of world-class venues in addition to those mentioned above.

The Virtual Tour is a year-long online competition, played on WGT and covered by Golf Channel. The tour is similar to other professional golf tours, but played online and open to all players regardless of ability or experience. Throughout the season, players will accumulate WGT credits by competing in monthly tournaments, in hopes of qualifying for the Virtual Championship and the live invitational event held in December.

WGT players in all countries are eligible to compete in the Virtual Tour at no charge. Each monthly event includes a free virtual item from the tournament sponsor, and tournament purses will be the largest ever – starting at 200,000 WGT credits and increasing throughout the season.

The first event is the IOA Open in January, a closest-to-the-hole tournament played on historic Pebble Beach. Players will post their best score in the first round any time from January 1-24, then add a single-play, second-round score from January 25-31. The top 70 combined scores in each WGT tier will split the 200,000 WGT credit purse.

The first three venues of the 2014 Virtual Tour sound like a dream golf vacation: Pebble Beach in January, followed by Royal St. George’s in February and Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in March. Future tournament sites include Bethpage Black, Harbour Town, Merion, Olympic and St. Andrews, while WGT will also launch several brand new venues in 2014, including Bandon Dunes and Pinehurst No. 2.

Golf Channel will be covering the WGT Virtual Tour with weekly updates on the new Virtual Tour blog, including monthly video interviews with WGT players and winners. Virtual Tour scores (including WGT usernames) will be featured on the Golf Channel leaderboards and tickers, alongside scores from the PGA, Champions, LPGA, European and Web.com tours.

In December, top players from the season will compete in the WGT Virtual Championship, as well as the WGT Invitational, a live weekend event held near Golf Channel studios in Orlando, Fla. This will be the first time that the best WGT players will compete face-to-face in virtual golf, with highlights televised on Golf Channel.

Anyone can sign up for WGT via GolfChannel.com, and play on the Virtual Tour requires no previous experience. The first tee box is now open on many of the world’s greatest courses; click here to get started and remember to hit it straight!