EA Sports Fulfills Digital Dream

The EA Sports Masters for Tiger Woods PGA TOur 12 will be out on March 29th.
The EA Sports Masters for Tiger Woods PGA TOur 12 will be out on March 29th.

Back in “the day” I played plenty of video games.  A lot of crappy ones, in fact.

That included more than a few golf games with chunky graphics, clumsy interfaces, and less than life-like game play.  But somehow they kept me content when I could not make it to the real golf course.

Thankfully golf video games improved greatly but one thing has always been lacking.   Even though many of the modern games have included lots of great golf courses, the one that always seemed to be missing was famed Augusta National.

Lots of unofficial versions were created by fans in the Old Links Golf games that allowed you to edit and create layouts but nothing ever officially licensed was on the market. (at least in recent times -I seem to recall Jack Nicklaus golf offering Augusta back in the late 1980’s.)

Today, that cannot be said anymore.

Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne announced today that the Masters Tournament will be featured in EA Sports’ next iteration of its award-winning Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 golf game franchise. The Masters will be available in stores March 29. As a result, Payne said that 100 percent of the Augusta National’s proceeds will be contributed to the newly created Masters Tournament Foundation, which is designed to annually invest in development programs for the game of golf worldwide.

“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. “This tradition, shaped by our Founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, is the cornerstone of the Foundation’s important commitment.”

The Foundation now serves as the vehicle whereby the Masters will further support its golf development goals and reach a broader audience. Efforts already include the creation of the Junior Pass Program, televising the Par 3 Contest, advancement of digital technology offerings on Masters.com, the co-founding of the Asian Amateur Championship and sustained significant monetary 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,” said Payne. “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. Equally important is its ability to help further the mission of the Masters Tournament Foundation with the entirety of its proceeds.”

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