Technology means we're brought closer to the heart of the action
Gone are the days of passive watching. The emergence and affordability of virtual reality headsets and other technologies mean we are brought to the heart of the action for many events. One example of this is the Ryder Cup.
The action at Hazeltine will get underway tomorrow afternoon and run through until October 2nd. If you're not one of the 250,000 people who are going along, you can still experience the atmosphere and the action.
Google Street View teamed up with Turner Sports and mapping specialist, Ubilabs, to bring golf fans onto the course.
It's possible to explore the entire Hazeltine course, from the comfort of your own home.
The team behind the explorer covered the 160-acre course over two days by carrying one of Google's 40-pound Trekker backpacks.
There's a comprehensive breakdown on the makeup of each hole throughout the experience. Users can see elevation graphs, flyover video and course-specific historical moments.
The Samsung Experience:
If that wasn't immersive enough for you, it's possible to enter the world of virtual reality. Samsung are closely associated with the PGA and are offering a whole host of technological features to fans.
The Samsung Experience features interactive Virtual Reality with the Gear VR and 360 degree photo ops with the Gear 360. Download the Ryder Cup App for exclusive content on your Samsung Smart TV or latest Samsung Galaxy device.
This video gives you an idea of the experience on offer to those with a Samsung Gear VR:
There's an app for it too:
If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for all things Ryder Cup, make sure to download the official Ryder Cup app. It's available on both iOS and Android.
Fans can also find the latest reaction, video highlights and interviews, as well as following the rest of the news surrounding one of the biggest sporting events in the world.