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Samsung's Gear VR can now take golf fans on the PGA Tour

Too bad the Gear VR doesn't come in argyle.
Chris Velazco, @chrisvelazco
February 13, 2016
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It's a little hard to believe that something called the "Waste Management Phoenix Open" is one of the biggest events in golf, but hey — now you don't need to shell out tons of cash to explore the event's signature course. All it takes is a Samsung Gear VR, a compatible phone and the PGA's new Tour VR app to take a closer look at some sweet club-on-ball action.

The PGA's virtual ambitions are off to a respectable, if limited start. There are four videos to flick through, with two taking us onto the Scottsdale course's practice area for a close-up instruction from Patrick Rodgers and Peter Malnati. The other two dig into what it's like playing and working the greatest show on grass, adding a level of inside baseball to an app is otherwise devoid of America's pastime. If digital tours of Arizona aren't your thing, you'll have to wait a little longer — the PGA has pledged update the app with more videos as the seasons slogs on. With luck, we'll get a highly detailed breakdown of the grasses at Pennsylvania's Oakmont Country Club in time for the US Open; until then, make do with these peaks at some of the PGA's fledgling VR work:

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