13 Jul 2021 11:57 AM +00:00

EA Sports PGA Tour franchise is back after a six-year absence

The official release of PGA Tour is getting closer and closer.

With EA having secured the rights to the four Majors, we now have information that the amateur scene could also be making an appearance!

So, check out all the latest PGA Tour news below.

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Latest - Enjoy the amateur scene

EA has revealed plans to authentically represent the U.S. Open Championship experience in EA Sports PGA Tour.

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AMAZING AMATEURS - You will be able to enjoy the amateur scene

This is an event that brings together the world’s finest pros with the best amateurs on the scene, as they test their skills and compete for the prestige that winning the event brings.

The U.S. Open is America’s championship – the toughest major in golf, played on America’s greatest courses including Torrey Pines, host of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship and The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, host of the 2022 U.S. Open.

Release Date

The EA Sports PGA Tour Twitter account has just revealed when the game will be released.

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RELEASE DATE REVEAL: EA confirm that PG Tour will arrive in 2022

As you can see above, EA has replied to their own tweet saying 'Coming 2022' - confirmation that PGA Tour will be released in 2022.

Despite not giving an exact date or month, this is the first instance where EA has stated a rough release time for the game.

Four Majors confirmed to feature

EA has announced that EA Sports PGA Tour for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will have the exclusive rights to the four Major Championships: the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open Championship.

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PERFECT PARTNER: EA has secured the rights to the four Majors thanks to its partnership with PGA of America

This announcement includes the 2021 and 2022 PGA Championship, which will be held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Southern Hills Country Club respectively.

That’s part of a partnership with PGA of America to virtually recreate the PGA Championship, letting you can play to with the historic Wanamaker Trophy and take in Champion’s Ceremony, and play as and against past PGA Champions.

Platforms

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That initial release kicked off with: "EA announced EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, a new next-gen golf video game, currently in development."

That essentially confirms the game for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and it would be very surprising for the title to not arrive on PS4 and Xbox One.

It remains to be seen whether the title will arrive on PC, Nintendo Switch and Stadia.

Cover Star

We may have already seen the cover for EA Sports PGA Tour - with the Masters Tournament featuring.

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IT'S IN THE GAME - The biggest golf tournament in the world features

Whether a current or legendary golfer will also appear remains to be seen.

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One person we know it won't be is Tiger Woods who has secured an exclusive deal with 2K Sports.

Sticking with the Ryder Cup theme, we could see legends like Jack Nicklaus or Seve Ballesteros, with EA often keen on legendary editions for its sports titles.

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STILL ON TOP - Rory McIlory still sits inside the world's top 5 players

Out of current pros, Rory McIlory will be the favourite - picking up from where he left off in 2015.

Dustin Johnson is the current world number 1, with Jon Rahm and PGA Tour 2K21 cover star Justin Thomas other contenders.

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Trailer

We've had the announcement, a potential cover - perhaps a trailer, or at least a teaser is next?

We will update this page as soon as we get a sniff of one, with perhaps an early peak coming any time from May.

For comparison, here's last year's PGA Tour 2K21 trailer:

Courses and Tournaments

The four majors are already confirmed exclusively for EA Sports PGA Tour.

These are:

  • The Masters Tournament at Augusta National (April)
  • PGA Championship (Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina in May 2021)
  • US Open (Torrey Pines in San Diego, California in June 2021)
  • The Open Championship (Royal St George's in Sandwich, England in July 2021)
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HQ - TPC Sawgrass, the home of the PGA Tour, featured on last year's 2K title

Other courses tournaments that have already been confirmed are:

  • The Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida
  • The FedEx Cup Playoffs (The Northern Trust, BMW Championship and Tour Championship)
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
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With almost all the big tournaments signed on the only biggie remaining is the Ryder Cup - it has featured in the series before and we would love to see the Europe vs USA battle feature this year.

Features & Game Modes

Similar to PGA Tour 2K21, "In EA Sports PGA Tour, golf fans will be able to build their virtual career and experience the sights, sounds, and thrills of the PGA TOUR".

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NEW ERA - UFC 4 is a good basis from what to expect of PGA Tour

Career Mode is the staple of any golf title, so it will be interesting to see how EA take this to new heights, with any sort of Story Mode incorporation likely to be a hit with fans - which has been seen in UFC 4.

An online mode is almost inevitable, and in terms of the game's make-up: "The game will be built on the EA Frostbite engine and leveraging next-gen technology, promises stunning fidelity, breathtaking immersive environments, and approachable, dynamic gameplay."

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