EA Sports PGA Tour Cover Stars Rory McIlroy, World's Number One Golfer Replaces Tiger Woods As Face Of The Franchise

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Mar 16, 2015 04:49 PM EDT

EA has announced that Rory McIlroy will grace the cover of its golf franchise, which will be officially named Rory McIlroy PGA Tour when it releases in June.

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Tiger Woods used to be synonymous with the franchise, but his very public fall from grace resulted in EA removing his name from the series last year. This game was announced originally just as PGA Tour, but EA have inked the deal to add Rory to the package as we approach release.

The four-time Major champion and current number-one golfer will begin a new era for the series on the new console generation--the game will use the Frostbite engine for the first time and take advantage of the improved hardware. If Rory is the new face, Frostbite will be the new foundation.

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"I'm very proud and humbled to see my face and name on EA Sports' Rory McIlroy PGA Tour," said McIlroy. "This is a great honor, and something I couldn't even dream of growing up playing the sport. I really hope people enjoy the game and I'm very glad I can be a part of it."

"Frostbite has allowed us to take this franchise to a whole new level," stated Brent Nielsen, Executive Producer of EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. "The new engine drastically improves all facets of the game, from core gameplay to opportunities for brand-new modes and features. We're looking forward to sharing a lot of great news with our fans throughout the rest of the spring."

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