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This piece of know-how will make the U.S. Ladies’s Open first-of-its-kind

This piece of know-how will make the U.S. Ladies’s Open first-of-its-kind


This week’s U.S. Ladies’s Open will function ShotLink know-how all through the course, a primary for knowledgeable girls’s occasion.

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The 78th U.S. Ladies’s Open is ready to be a historic championship.

For the primary time within the historical past of the ladies’s sport, the USGA is bringing their flagship occasion to Pebble Seashore Golf Hyperlinks. There are few programs as well-known as Pebble Seashore in the US, so contesting the U.S. Ladies’s Open on this stage holds large significance.

“I believe this can be a dream-changer,” mentioned USGA CEO Mike Whan. “I believe this actually issues to the individuals taking part in, however the actual affect of that is the women which might be excited about taking part in or aren’t actually certain what they give thought to golf.”

However simply taking part in at Pebble Seashore received’t be the one factor that makes this week a historic one. The USGA can even use ShotLink know-how all through the course, permitting for reside shot monitoring all through the championship. This marks the primary time ShotLink knowledge will probably be utilized at a girls’s skilled occasion.

“I believe it’s actually huge for the ladies’s sport,” mentioned USGA Chief Business Officer Jon Podany. “We’ve by no means been in a position to supply that earlier than, nor has anyone earlier than. So to have the ability to supply that depth of statistics is gonna be actually cool.”

The shot-tracking system, referred to as USGA ShotCast powered by Cisco, will make the most of the PGA Tour’s ShotLink system, which is used every week on the boys’s skilled circuit. USGA ShotCast was beforehand featured on the 123rd U.S. Open, hosted at Los Angeles Nation Membership final month.

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Right here’s what to anticipate from Pebble Seashore on the U.S. Ladies’s Open


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“After we first began speaking about utilizing ShotLink for the U.S. Open, we felt that we wanted to make the dedication to additionally do it for the ladies,” Podany mentioned. “Luckily, [the PGA Tour] was keen to work with us so to determine an answer so we had been ready to try this.”

Followers will be capable of entry USGA ShotCast on-line and through the USGA app, which can function radar knowledge, shot trails, inexperienced views and video highlights for every participant within the subject. It would additionally function 3D imagery of every gap.

Moreover, ShotCast will archive each televised shot, permitting followers to make amends for all of the motion they miss all through the championship.

This knowledge is out there weekly on the PGA Tour, however such superior stats are usually not usually out there within the girls’s sport. Rudimentary strokes-gained knowledge is out there on the LPGA Tour by means of KPMG Efficiency Insights, however with caddies logging the info by hand, it’s removed from an ideal science. This additionally means there isn’t a skill to trace gamers across the course in real-time.

That each one modifications at this week’s U.S. Ladies’s open, a championship that’s actually first-of-its-kind.

Zephyr Melton

Golf.com Editor

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com the place he spends his days running a blog, producing and enhancing. Previous to becoming a member of the workforce at GOLF, he attended the College of Texas adopted by stops with the Texas Golf Affiliation, Staff USA, the Inexperienced Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all issues instruction and covers novice and girls’s golf. He will be reached at zephyr_melton@golf.com.



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