PGA Tour offering virtual reality broadcast of The Players 17th hole
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PGA Tour offering virtual reality broadcast of The Players 17th hole

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If you can't make it to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship next week, you'll still be able to immerse yourself in the unique experience that is the par-3 17th.

For the first time, the PGA Tour is offering live virtual reality and 360-degree coverage of the famous short hole during championship rounds.

The virtual reality coverage, produced using Intel's True VR technology, will beĀ available on Samsung Gear VR headsets through the PGA Tour VR Live app, available through the Oculus store. There will be three VR cameras covering the hole: one on the tee, one on the walkway from tee to the green and one mounted in the water next to the green.

If you don't have a headset, which is about $100, then a 360-degree video stream will be available on Twitter and Periscope and can be watched on any smartphone. This is the first time Twitter has distributed live 360-degree video during a major sporting event.

The PGA Tour-Twitter partnership has been a boon for both organizations, with an estimated 1 million unique viewers to each day of PGA Tour Live coverage broadcast, in part, on Twitter with the first 60-90 minutes of featured groups coverage during the first two days of a tournament.

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