Second LINKS 2001 VGA Tour Event Begins Today

JULY 23, 2001

SECOND LINKS 2001 VGA TOUR EVENT BEGINS TODAY

Microsoft announced today that the
Links European Open, the second event in the Links 2001 Virtual Golf Association
(VGA) Tour, begins today. Participants are urged to visit www.linkstour.zone.com 
to register and begin play today through the last day of the event, next Sunday,
July 29. This week’s tour stop takes place on the venerable Old Course at St
Andrews Links, considered the "birthplace of golf."

Last year’s runner-up, Mike Scheutz
(SCHEUTZ) is tied for the lead with MikeM, who both shot a -65. Defending
champion Paul Willey (Paul_Willey) is a close second and tied with HanSomVinner,
both only 2 strokes back after shooting a -63. The current rankings, following
the Links American Open held in June, can be found at http://linkstour.zone.com/moneyboarddetail.asp.

This year, VGA Tour participants are
comprised of cyber-golfers from up to 12 different countries, all of whom are
competing for a share of over $75,000 in prize money. All PC golfers who use
Links 2001, Microsoft’s award winning golf simulation for the PC, are eligible
to join. With just a few clicks of the mouse, golfers who visit www.linkstour.zone.com
can be part of the most realistic golf tour on the Internet. Registration will
continue throughout the VGA Tour.

Over 12,000 golfers participated in
Microsoft’s inaugural Virtual Golf Association Tour last year. The champion,
Paul Willey, took home the VGA Tour crown in Hawaii along with over $100,000 in
tournament winnings. Joe Montana and Russ Francis were on hand to present the
grand prize.

The 2001 Virtual Golf Association
Tour includes three preliminary major tournaments, a semi-final for the top 70
on the money board, and a final event in a location yet to be determined which
will pit the top four players against each other head-to-head.

For more information on Links 2001,
visit the official Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/games/links2001/

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