The meteoric rise of Rory McIlroy to the pinnacle of world golf has finally been confirmed with a lucrative new title – the face of the EA Sports’ PGA Tour console game for 2015.
McIlroy replaces Tiger Woods as the ‘cover athlete’ of the multi-million selling game series after the American’s 17-year stint.
The 25-year-old from Holywood, Co Down, has won four major golf titles with only the Masters eluding him to date.
If he succeeds in clinching the famous green jacket in Augusta next month he will become only the sixth player to win all four of the majors in the modern era.
Woods won the first of his 14 majors in 1997 but has not enjoyed that level of success since 2008. His contract with the console game’s distributor expired in 2013.
Persistent back and leg injuries have curtailed the 39-year-old American’s career in recent years hindering his ambition to reach Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles – although he stands alone as a modern-day legend with 14.
Announcing McIlroy as “a new generation of players for a new generation of consoles,” EA Sports said the company’s new ‘Frostbite’ engine “allows the development team to create beautiful new environments, featuring the most detailed courses in franchise history”.
McIlroy said: “I’m very proud and humbled to see my face and name on EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. This is a great honour, 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.”
The new game has been developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system from June 2015.
Each year, the PGA Tour tournaments are broadcast to more than one billion households in 225 countries.