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Rory supplants Tiger as face of EA Sports PGA Tour video game



EA Sports announced on Monday that Rory McIlroy is the new face of its PGA Tour video game — a position that Tiger Woods held for 15 years.

In June 2015, EA Sports is releasing Rory McIlroy PGA Tour on Xbox One and Playstation 4, with the current No. 1-ranked golfer as its face and namesake.

Woods, who is currently ranked No. 87 in the Official World Golf Rankings, ended his relationship with EA Sports in 2013, which was the last time a PGA Tour video game was released.


Under the moniker “Golf Without Limits,” EA Sports’ newest golf game has what’s called a “Frostbite engine” to enhance user experience with the most-detailed course graphics in franchise history, and zero load time between shots.

The game offers a variety of real-world courses, as well as “epic fantasy courses,” according to EA Sports, where golfers can play shots from nearly any location on its landscapes. Thus, gamers can play “golf without limits.”

McIlroy, who admits to being a video gamer himself, said he’s honored to be on the cover of EA Sports PGA Tour golf game.
[quote_box_center]”When you grow up playing golf you never really dream of being a character in a video game, let alone the guy on the box,” McIlroy told “The technology powering the game is incredible. The courses are absolutely gorgeous, and looking at screenshots from the game you think someone just took a photo of the actual holes.”[/quote_box_center]
Here are some screenshots from actual gameplay (via Polygon):
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Related: E.A. Sports teases 2015 PGA Tour video game

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. kess

    Mar 18, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    But will there be a rock breaking mode? Because I wanna break rocks and find myself standing in the hall of fame.

  2. graymulligan

    Mar 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t really care who is on the cover…get in my xbox one!

  3. Golfraven

    Mar 17, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Goodbye Tiger. You may still try to play next couple of majors. Maybe there is still something to grasp.

  4. Adam Taylor

    Mar 17, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Why would they not release on PS3, I don’t want to spend $400 just to play one game and I can’t be the only one with this issue. I spend all my money one golf clubs.

  5. K Mo

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I’m just happy to see EA come back out with this series I don’t care who is on the cover, and to the one slamming video gamers, I get my heart rate up plenty, I play 2-4 times a week and walk. Sometimes you just want to sit and relax. Video games is my way of getting some ME time, after playing with my kids and having family time.

  6. lsf_21

    Mar 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Cant wait. hate that I have to wait till june.

  7. Pat M

    Mar 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Rory is good for golf along with Ricky and Spieth. Tiger is old, broken down and has moral failing. Tiger is like the Sonny Liston of golf.

  8. RG

    Mar 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    This is why EA grows while golfing slows. These games are supplanting golf with the new generation and if the new VR works as promised it’s gonna get really rough.

    • Nathan

      Mar 17, 2015 at 4:54 am

      Ahh my case I played tiger woods pga tour for 5 years before I ever picked up a club. Now I am a member of a club play twice weekly, sometimes a couple of range sessions also, I check this site almost daily and own 3 full sets of clubs with spares on top of that and have a thousand brand new golf balls. Ea has grown the real world of golf in this case.

    • Nathan

      Mar 17, 2015 at 4:56 am

      Not really ea sports and this tiger woods franchise got me into golf.

  9. Robeli

    Mar 16, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    It’s official. The Tiger era is over! RIP

  10. 4pillars

    Mar 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Looking forward to throwing my clubs in the lake.

  11. Mike

    Mar 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Xbox One = $350. Playstation 4 = $445. Let’s say this game cost $50 (but I think it might be much more than that). So to play this video game customers have to pay $400 for Xbox and $495 for Playstation plus tax. My local muni season pass cost $189 and I can play real golf as much as I want from April to Oct 31st. I walk and carry my sticks. That helps increase speed of play and also increases the heart rate. An increased heart rate helps one lose weight and losing weight helps improve overall health and self-esteem.

    I just want to make sure I’m clear on this. (1) EA Sports is expecting customers to pay hundreds for something that is fake. (2) It won’t help you improve your real golf game and (3) will increase your BMI and weight because you’re sitting on your backside for hours and hours. (4) As a result, your self esteem will be in the toilet because you look and feel horrible.

    EA Sports, are you nuts? Play Real Golf America. Your body and mind will thank you for years to come.

    • jedidiahs mom

      Mar 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      shut up and sit on my lap

      • Eli

        Mar 16, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        yes , you’re clear on this (about the cost). Golf clubs, bag, balls, gloves, shoes, clothing, lessons & maybe custom fitting= $1,000.00. And you don’t need to know d rules of golf & play as long as you want.

        • adam

          Mar 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

          And also you don’t have to be hit into or slowed up on every hole, or deal with “entitled” people on the course.

          • TrollSmasher

            Mar 19, 2015 at 4:40 pm

            Entitled to what, something they’ve been stealing from me for the last 45 years?

        • Adam Taylor

          Mar 17, 2015 at 12:24 am

          Much more than that hahaha my bag is easily $3000 plus

    • Geordie

      Mar 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Right there with you Mike.
      Jedediah’s mom is probably a fattie.

    • Bryan P

      Mar 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      I love playing real golf… but I live in New England…. I can’t golf outside right now. Video games help me pass the time until Spring, and I can play them at night, when I cannot golf outside.

    • Robeli

      Mar 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      So narrow minded!

    • RG

      Mar 16, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      You left out 5 hour rounds vs. playing with people from all over the world in less than 3 hours regardless of weather. Your attitude exemplifies the reason that EA will make billions and golf courses will continue to lose money and Avid’s.

    • Joseph

      Mar 17, 2015 at 12:37 am

      It is not aimed at golfers sure some will pick it up but the primary audience they are going for is fans of sport video games. The chances are that if you are interested in this title for the gameplay (not the fact that it has Rory on the cover) then you already have a PS4 or Xbox One.

  12. Matt

    Mar 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Is that an ad for the video game or for Nike?

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