Gamers given their chance to experience Open win

Gamers around the world are testing themselves against the unrelenting challenge of links golf at the inaugural e-Open presented by Mastercard which launched this week.
Can you follow in Zach Johnson's footsteps and lift the Claret Jug? (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)Can you follow in Zach Johnson's footsteps and lift the Claret Jug? (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Can you follow in Zach Johnson's footsteps and lift the Claret Jug? (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

The virtual stroke play tournament is taking place over the iconic links of Royal St George’s from 13 July to 8 September, with qualifying events and knock-out rounds running throughout July and August leading to a Grand Final showdown in September.

Players of all skill levels from beginners to advanced gamers can take part and will be powered by the WGT by Topgolf platform, the world’s most realistic free virtual golf game which has been enjoyed worldwide by more than 28 million players.

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Neil Armit, chief commercial officer at The R&A, said: “We have been working on The e-Open for some time now and are pleased to be able to launch the inaugural tournament during what was due to be the week of the Championship this year. It will complement The Open for The Ages, which is being broadcast this Sunday as a very special celebration of the Championship.

“We are excited to share The Open experience digitally with fans throughout the world.”

As presenting partner of The e-Open, and Official Patron of The Open, Mastercard is helping to make sure that the very first e-Open will be one fans will not forget.

World class prizes will be on offer for the champion of The e-Open, subject to eligibility as defined in the Official Rules and Regulations, including a once-in-a-lifetime experience at The 149th Open at Royal St George’s next year. Exclusive content and digital experiences will also be made available for fans through Priceless.com.

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The e-Open presented by Mastercard launched on July 13 with official qualification stages now open for entry. The tournament will be played through a series of rounds over the coming weeks in a longer style format.

Following qualification, a competitive knockout stage will be played from 27-30 August before the Grand Final is contested by the very best players on September 8.

Visit TheOpen.com for more information on how to enter The e-Open.

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