EA Sports Tiger Woods video game to feature Masters

Millions of golfers will finally get a chance to play Amen Corner or test their skills on Augusta National Golf Club's speedy greens.

All they'll need is a copy of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters video game.

Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, announced Tuesday that the tournament has partnered with EA Sports to produce a game that depicts the famous golf course for the first time.

The Masters game will be available in stores March 29. It will be available on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game's cost ranges from $49.99 to $69.99, depending on the game platform.

In addition to Augusta National, the game features St. Andrews and Pebble Beach Golf Links among the 15 other courses to play.

New enhancements to the popular series include Masters Moments, which allows players to try their hand at historic moments, and the Caddie Experience, which offers advice on club selection to reading the greens.

Payne also announced the formation of the Masters Tournament Foundation, which is designed to annually invest in development programs for the game of golf worldwide. All of Augusta National's profits from the video game will be put into the new foundation.

"The establishment of the Masters Tournament Foundation is central to fulfilling our responsibility of supporting the game's continuous growth around the world," Payne said in a prepared statement. "This tradition, shaped by our founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, is the cornerstone of the foundation's important commitment."

The video game and foundation are part of the tournament's effort to reach a broader audience. Those include the creation of the Junior Pass Program, televising the Par-3 Contest, more digital offerings on Masters.com, the co-founding of the Asian Amateur Championship and financial contributions to The First Tee and major golf organizations around the world.

"Our desire to help grow the game of golf throughout the world is sincere, and it is that commitment that first led us to EA Sports more than three years ago," Payne said. "EA Sports, Tiger Woods and the PGA Tour have developed an extremely successful franchise that responds to one of the popular entertainment choices of kids today. We hope our inclusion will foster an appreciation for the history and traditions of the Masters and inspire the next generation of golfers."

A video game featuring Augusta National has long been sought by golfers.

"For more than a decade, the Masters Tournament has been the most requested and coveted feature for the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise among our fans," said Peter Moore, president of EA Sports. "Pairing the number one golf video game franchise with the most prestigious golf tournament in the world is a perfect marriage and we're thrilled to bring our fans this exciting opportunity to experience Augusta National Golf Club like never before."

The game features a chance to relive each of Woods' four Masters wins, and a chance to equal or beat his score in each round.

"I am very happy and excited that the Masters Tournament is featured in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour game," Woods said. "There are many new and unique elements in the game that will make everyone feel like they're really competing at Augusta National."

 

 

 

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