R&A Open Championship gives golfers the chance to live a dream
Those who dream of taking part in an R&A Open Championship have some good news this week. The R&A is announcing an inaugural e-Open.
The virtual tournament will take place from July 13 to September 8.
It doesn’t matter if you are a good golfer or a bad golfer–players of all abilities can take part. The online Open Championship will use WGT by Topgolf for gameplay. WGT (seen on NBC, Fox Sports, and the Golf Channel) is playable on PC, Mac, or mobile.
The e-Open is to take place on the legendary Royal St George’s course in Kent, England. Royal St George’s is one of the most famous golfing destinations in the world. It is part of the Open Championship circuit, hosting 13 opens since 1894.
The Royal St George’s course is not an easy one. There are a lot of blind shots, as well as championship golf’s deepest bunker. A young Jack Nicklaus famously emerged a champion on the course in 1959.
That makes the course one of the ones that every golfer wants to play. It is very popular even though a round of golf costs $425.
The R&A serves as golf’s ruling authority everywhere in the world except for North America. That means that it sets the rules for professional golf.
Move over Tiger Woods!
By encouraging all players to sign up for the e-Open, the R&A is returning the Open Championship to its roots. It calls the event a “very special celebration of golf’s original championship”. In other words, you don’t have to be Tiger Woods to take to the green.
The winner of the tournament receives a trip for two to the 149th 2021 open at Royal St George’s. That is assuming that a vaccine has been created for COVID-19.
The e-Open aims to keep fans engaged in golf at a time the world is in a COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to social distancing and self-isolating, it’s harder of golfers to play courses like Royal St George’s in person.
Many other sports like hockey and basketball have also pivoted to online action.
In announcing the e-Open, R&A chief commercial officer Neil Armit said, “We’ve seen esports become hugely popular and enjoyed by gamers all around the world.”
He added, “We’ve been working on the e-Open for some time, and we’re pleased to be able to launch the inaugural tournament during what would have been the week of the Championship this year.”
To register for the e-Open, go here.