The PGA TOUR is once again giving fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the coverage of one of its premiere tournaments. Three holes of this week’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide will be broadcast in virtual and augmented reality. Memorial Tournament 2018 Live Stream PGA TOUR
PGA TOUR fans can watch coverage of Muirfield Village’s par-4 14th and par-3 16th holes in virtual reality. The iconic par-3 12th will be available to watch in augmented reality on the PGA TOUR’s new AR app, PGA TOUR AR.
The virtual reality coverage of Nos. 14 and 16 will be available on five different platforms
This will be the third time this year that fans can experience this groundbreaking way to watch the action. Two of the TOUR’s most famous par-3s, the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and 17th at THE PLAYERS Championship, also were broadcast in virtual reality, as was TPC Sawgrass’ drivable par-4 12th hole.
The Memorial Tournament will be the third time the TOUR’s virtual reality content also can be watched using a cardboard headset, allowing even more fans to enjoy this cutting-edge technology. The VR broadcast also can be watched on Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream.
While the competition will be broadcast with 180 degrees of viewing angles, the TOUR also will show brand elements in the full 360 degrees. This week’s brand elements will come from Nationwide, the Memorial’s presenting sponsor.
The VR content will be captured by three different cameras on each of the aforementioned holes, broadcasting the action from the tee, the fairway and the green.
The audio and picture-in-picture broadcast will come from PGA TOUR LIVE, giving fans a totally different angle on the competition.
The PGA TOUR’s AR hole coverage debuted at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. The launch of the PGA TOUR AR app marked the first time live sports data was integrated into ARKit, Apple’s exclusive AR platform. It allows users of the PGA TOUR AR app to see physical characteristics of the golf course that were previously unseen on the broadcast. Augmented reality will allow fans to get a view that was once available only to fans on site.
The TOUR is planning to add more holes from other tournaments throughout the year, but it has confirmed that East Lake Golf Club’s par-5 finishing hole will be showcased in AR at the TOUR Championship.
The PGA TOUR LIVE broadcast of the Memorial Tournament, as well as the virtual and augmented reality features, will allow fans to engage with the broadcast from Muirfield Village in exciting new ways.