The United States
Golf Association today launched U.S. Open applications for iPhone, iPad and
Android devices. These free, user-friendly apps are designed to bring the excitement
of the 113th U.S. Open Championship to fans around the world. The U.S. Open
will be played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., June 13-16.
New for this year is a data-rich, scoring-centric iPad app,
developed by IBM. Detailed player information along with scorecards,
statistics, groupings, starting times and live Marquee Group coverage
throughout the championship highlight the tablet experience for iPad users. The
app also features hole insights, which provide fans with an interactive look at
statistics and trends for each hole. A personalized live leaderboard option
that allows users to track up to five of their favorite competitors is also
Powered by IBM cloud computing and analytics technologies,
all applications provide users with access to live HD video streaming,
real-time scoring, live updates, news and photos. Their user-friendly design
will provide fans on the go with up-to-the-minute information and statistics
from America’s premier golf championship.
“The iPad app is an exciting addition to our suite of U.S.
Open digital products,” said Sarah Hirshland, USGA senior managing director of
business affairs. “Providing a superior second screen experience has become an
essential part of the USGA’s digital strategy. Through our partnership with
IBM, we know we have created easy-to-use applications to entertain, inform and
engage fans who are following the U.S. Open.”
“Whether they’re on the go or on the couch, U.S. Open golf
fans want to remain connected throughout the championship,” said John Kent,
program manager, IBM Sponsorship Marketing. “We’re proud to help the USGA
deliver a compelling and interactive U.S. Open experience via a variety of
mobile devices and platforms.”
The U.S. Open application for Android and iPhone device
users has been updated for 2013. Fans can follow the action with
up-to-the-minute scores, news, photos and live video coverage. Through the use
of push notification technology, app users can also receive updates for their
favorite players sent directly to their mobile device.
Official U.S. Open applications are now available for
download from iTunes and the Google Play Store.