Tiger Woods Gets Replaced by Augusta National

This year's cover athlete for Tiger Woods is not an athlete at all, it's a course.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

Tiger Woods Gets Replaced by Augusta National

Augusta National and the Masters Tournament will make their debut in an EA Sports golf game this coming year with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. And while EA Sports has said up and down that they are not abandoning Tiger Woods as their cover athlete for his own game, it does seem he is getting pushed aside for Augusta National this year. Even the title of the game has been bumped and is barely noticeable when compared against the massive "Masters" insignia. It seems Tiger’s late-night extracurricular hole in (many) ones has signed his death warrant for being a marketable face in the digital world. Ammirite?

But Tiger is still featured prominently in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. It seems EA is even taking a page out of 2K Sports’ playbook with Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11, letting players relive Tiger’s four Green Jacket victories, as well as other memorable moments in Masters history.

Click to expand. Regular edition and collector’s edition boxart.

Here’s the full list of additions and improvements to Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters.

Masters Moments – Play through memorable, historic moments as players try to measure up against some of the sport’s greatest legends.

Tiger at the Masters – Relive each of Tiger’s four wins at the Masters by attempting to equal or beat his scores in each round of the Tournament.

The Caddie Experience – Behind every great golfer is a trusted and reliable caddie. Players will have a caddie by their side on every swing, providing strategic advice, from shot selection to reading greens, helping them become a more successful golfer.

The Closest Thing to Being There – For the first time ever, EA SPORTS™ utilized a new state-of-the art laser scanning technology at Augusta National Golf Club to laser scan every hole featured in the game. This will provide players with the most authentic digital representation of the Tournament and Par 3 courses. Every tree, every azalea and every undulation in every green was recreated down to the smallest detail.

Broadcast Presentation – Feel the emotion of every swing as called by the all-new commentary team of Jim Nantz and David Feherty, who headline a completely revamped TV broadcast presentation package.

Career Mode – The all-new career mode will closely mirror the journey of an amateur golfer’s rise through the ranks and chase the title of Masters champion.

New Players – Over 20 professional golfers to choose from, including Zach Johnson (2007 Masters Champion) and Bubba Watson (2010 Ryder Cup – Team USA).

Championship Courses – Take on the best of the best on sixteen of the world’s most celebrated courses, including Augusta National Golf Club, Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Australia), Atlanta Athletic Club, TPC San Antonio, St Andrews Links and Pebble Beach Golf Links.   

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters
is scheduled to release on April 1, 2011, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. The PS3 version will include Move support. There will also be a collector’s edition of the game (pictured above) that includes five additional courses.

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