Real golfers have to be very good to make it into the U.S. Open, where they can tee off against pros like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. This year, anyone with a PC can experience the challenges of the U.S. Open's Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. for free. World Golf Tour (www.wgt.com) has partnered with the United States Golf Association to integrate the real golf tournament, which takes place June 18 – 21, into a Flash-based high definition videogame that plays on any PC or Mac with no installation.
Better yet, World Golf Tour is offering an incentive for gamers to pick up the virtual clubs. While the pros are playing for money and prestige, the Virtual U.S. Open is offering prizes, including an all-expenses paid trip to the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in California.