Fans will now be able to track their favorite golfers around the U.S. Open course at any given time thanks to an updated version of the tournament mobile app.
The USGA announced today that it will release the app in conjunction with IBM this Friday, June 10th. The primary enhancement is the app’s locator feature, which will not only display an interactive map for tracking player locations, but also a PlayCaster feature that will forecast a player’s future location based on current scoring and pace-of-play data. Real-time scoring and enhanced statistics will help keep fans around the world informed and up to date.
Fans traversing the course will be able to locate points of interest and amenities such as restrooms, concessions, and Wi-Fi zones. In a press release from the USGA, the IBM vice president of Global Sponsorships, Noah Syken, highlighted IBM’s involvement. “We’re using advanced technologies and innovations, including predictive data analysis supported by the IBM Cloud, to bring real-time scoring, shot data, hole insights and high-definition live video streaming to golf fans’ fingertips,” he said.
This year at Oakmont is poised to be the most interactive, fan-friendly U.S. Open of all time. The 2016 U.S. Open begins on June 16th.