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New EA Golf Game To Feature Tiger Woods Character At Nine Different Ages

EA Sports yesterday announced a "legacy challenge mode" to its upcoming "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13" release, featuring levels in which users play as Woods at various stages of his life, ranging from a two-year-old to a future Woods seeking a record 19th major title. The mode features a total of nine stages of Woods at various ages, though there is no reference to the late '09, early '10 period that marked the height of Woods' personal scandals. Woods participated extensively in the development of the mode, contributing a variety of old photographs and personal anecdotes to EA Sports developers to help recreate various visual settings. EA Sports has been among Woods' staunchest supporters throughout the ugly collapse of his marriage, a PGA Tour winless streak of more than two years, and last year's fall to 128th on the Tour money list. "Our challenge with 'Tiger,' like all our games, is to raise the bar and bring new things in every year. But, here, we're telling a story of a very human side of Tiger and his development as a golfer," said EA COO Peter Moore. "It's almost like we're making the very first golf (role playing game)." The game is set for release March 27.