With Tiger Woods out, EA Sports' golf game is 'Rory McIlroy PGA Tour'
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With Tiger Woods out, EA Sports’ golf game is ‘Rory McIlroy PGA Tour’

EA Sports is rebooting the PGA Tour Golf franchise, and it's got a new cover boy: Rory McIlroy.

The world No. 1 and four-time major winner supplants Tiger Woods on the cover and in the title of the franchise, with the video-game maker renaming the gameĀ "EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour." The game, the first golf offering from EA Sports since 2013, is expected to be released in June.

Woods will not be involved with EA Sports' golf title for the first time since 1998, which was the start of a 15-year relationship.

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When the new title was announced last year, McIlroy's name was not attached, meaning a deal has since been negotiated to make the Ulsterman the namesake. EA Sports hopes McIlroy's name and new features will help a series whose sales had dipped dramatically despite the addition of improved graphics, better game play and the addition of Augusta National and Arnold Palmer editions of the game.

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