USGA And American Express Launch Play 9 Day

July 23, 2014

FAR HILLS, N.J. - The USGA and American Express, along with professional golfer Rickie Fowler, invite golfers everywhere to get out on the course and participate in the first-ever Play 9 Day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

Introduced at this year’s U.S. Open via a public service announcement featuring Fowler, the Play 9 program encourages golfers to fit a nine-hole round into their busy schedules, and rallies the golf industry to promote the game’s accessibility.

Many golfers find it challenging to regularly fit in a full round, and playing nine holes can help them get more out of the game they love, in less time.

According to the National Golf Foundation, more than 4,000 of America’s courses are nine-hole facilities. In addition, nine-hole rounds can be played at nearly 90 percent of 18-hole public facilities. An average nine-hole round generally takes less than two hours to complete, and costs an average of $25 per person.

Golfers with an 18-hole USGA Handicap Index® can easily post a nine-hole score at most golf courses, by adding the readily available USGA nine-hole Course and Slope ratings.

All golfers are encouraged to post a score and share their photos and experiences via social media using #Play9Golf.

To view the PSA and to learn more, visit

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit

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