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EA Sports PGA Tour to Feature LPGA, Amundi Evian Championship, Female Create a Player Feature & More

EA Sports PGA Tour has announced the LPGA Amundi Evian Championship will be making its way to the game. The LPGA major championship at the Evian Resort Golf Club joins the men’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open Championship, which are all exclusive to the game.

Here’s a snip from the press release.

Today, Electronic Arts and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced the next phase of their long-term partnership with plans to bring the LPGA Tour, the longest-running women’s sports association; The Amundi Evian Championship, one of its five major championships; and more female golfers to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR. For the first time, the LPGA Tour will be experienced in high-fidelity on next-generation consoles and will feature a wide breadth of women’s golfing representation.

Also mentioned in the press release, players can play as other female golfers or create a female golfer of their own.

Players will have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer of their own in the newly overhauled Create-A-Player feature. From having the chance to participate in a series of LPGA-themed challenges, amateur tournaments and events like The Amundi Evian Championship, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is providing an in-depth women’s golf experience in 2022.

Jin Young Ko will be on the roster of LPGA Tour athletes that can be used to compete in multiple game modes, including a variety of challenges and The Amundi Evian Championship, from the start.

Former pro golfer, current GOLFTV and Sky Sports broadcaster, Iona Stephen joins the commentary team as the first female on-course commentator in game, bringing her experienced insights from both playing professionally and working in golf broadcasting.

EA Sports PGA TOUR is scheduled to release in spring 2022 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with brand new swing mechanics, including the return of the three click swing.

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  1. Full press release
    Electronic Arts and LPGA Partner to Bring Authentic Representation of Women’s Golf to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR
    JULY 21, 2021
    Addition of The Amundi Evian Championship Allows Avid Golf Enthusiasts to Tee Off at the Ultra-Realistic Recreation of the Evian Resort Golf Club in France
    EA SPORTS PGA TOUR Will Go Beyond Character Selection to Highlight Women’s Golf and the LPGA with In-Depth Female Representation Across All Modes
    REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced the next phase of their long-term partnership with plans to bring the LPGA Tour, the longest-running women’s sports association; The Amundi Evian Championship, one of its five major championships; and more female golfers to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR. For the first time, the LPGA Tour will be experienced in high-fidelity on next-generation consoles and will feature a wide breadth of women’s golfing representation. In Spring 2022, all players will be able to tee-off as a female golfer at the truest representation of the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France, thanks to the power of EA’s Frostbite game engine.
    “We’re thrilled that the LPGA Tour is coming back to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR especially with the inclusion of a major global tournament like The Amundi Evian Championship,” said Brian Carroll, the LPGA’s senior vice president of global media distribution. “EA SPORTS has done a great job in continuing to expand female representation in the various modes throughout the game and featuring women’s golf in an authentic and modern way.”
    To authentically represent the diversity found in the sport of golf and create a more welcoming community, the development team worked with a diverse group of golf professionals, including GOLFTV and Sky Sports broadcaster and former pro golfer Iona Stephen. Iona is a part of a larger Creative Council and has worked with the development team at EA for over a year on everything from design to audio, visuals, golf trends and community building. Iona is also joining the EA commentary team as the first female on-course commentator in game, bringing her experienced insights from both playing professionally and working in golf broadcasting.
    “I’m incredibly excited that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR laid out a vision to represent female athletes and the LPGA in the game,” said Iona Stephen, GOLFTV and Sky Sports broadcaster, and EA SPORTS ambassador. “My goal in helping EA is to give women the satisfaction of playing a quality golf game while seeing themselves in a variety of ways that go beyond a handful of female character models.”
    “I’m beyond excited to be included as one of the female golfers in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR,” said Jin Young Ko, professional golfer, and winner of The 2019 Amundi Evian Championship. “Women’s golf is growing so fast and having us included in this game is a great opportunity to reach fans all around the world. I can’t wait to see how it turns out — and I can’t wait to play the game!”
    Ko joins a roster of LPGA Tour athletes coming to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR when it launches next year. Each of these athletes can be used to compete in multiple game modes — including a variety of challenges and The Amundi Evian Championship — from the start. First played in 1994 as the Evian Masters, The Amundi Evian Championship was elevated to major-championship status in 2013. Nestled at the base of the Alps, Evian Resort Golf Club provides spectacular views of Lake Geneva and sprawling snow-capped mountains. The course has served as the venue for some incredible moments in LPGA Tour history, including Ko’s two-stroke win in 2019, Angela Stanford’s first major victory in 2018 at age 40 and Hyo-Joo Kim’s first-round 61 in 2014, which still stands as the lowest round at a major by any golfer, male, or female.
    The Amundi Evian Championship will be just one of the many additions to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR as a part of EA’s long-term partnership with the LPGA. Players will have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer of their own in the newly overhauled Create-A-Player feature. From having the chance to participate in a series of LPGA-themed challenges, amateur tournaments and events like The Amundi Evian Championship, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is providing an in-depth women’s golf experience in 2022.
    EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will serve as the first appearance of The Amundi Evian Championship in a videogame as it joins four of golf’s men’s major championships: the Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship and The Open Championship. In addition to playing the major championships, golf fans can also live out a legendary career as they authentically compete at THE PLAYERS Championship and FedExCup Playoffs, while experiencing the unique atmosphere and venues of each tournament.
    Well however this game turns out.. EA are certainly looking like they are going all in...:y220b:
    If the women are going to be playable then it is a guarantee that the men will be as well
    Some awesome nuggets in that press release:
    "Iona is also joining the EA commentary team as the first female on-course commentator in game, bringing her experienced insights from both playing professionally and working in golf broadcasting."
    "Ko joins a roster of LPGA Tour athletes coming to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR when it launches next year. Each of these athletes can be used to compete in multiple game modes — including a variety of challenges and The Amundi Evian Championship — from the start."
    "Players will have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer of their own in the newly overhauled Create-A-Player feature. From having the chance to participate in a series of LPGA-themed challenges, amateur tournaments and events like The Amundi Evian Championship, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is providing an in-depth women’s golf experience in 2022."
    Looking more and more likely this will have TW 14 level content and I’m here for it. TW 14 did have several lpga pros and events. Is it spring 2022 yet? I think we don’t have to worry this’ll be another Rory clone.
    This is excellent news. Having 2 daughters still playing religiously TW14 literally every day (one is at a 700+ days streak :grin:) they will love this.
    It looks like we will get very good 'create a golfer' options too.
    I am absolutely shocked. Did not see this coming.... I hope that they use that course in the pga tour career as a fake tournament for more variety. This is awesome
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    This is sounding absolutely phenomenal.
    I really hope they’ve done something incredible in terms of the swing and gameplay to match all the great content we’ve already heard about.
    scagwi
    This is sounding absolutely phenomenal.
    I really hope they’ve done something incredible in terms of the swing and gameplay to match all the great content we’ve already heard about.

    If they have, and the career has depth to it... we are talking a baby TW14... which i thought we would never come close to reaching again after Rory.
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    I'm getting to the point where I am feeling like they will have a decent amount of content - playable pros, solid courses, etc. They're through announcing the majority of the major courses (still hoping they announce Whistling Straits around the Ryder Cup), and will likely be naming the pros soon, since they named one here in the LPGA announcement.
    But I am starting to think it's time we get a look at the game. Some screenshots or a clip of gameplay or something.
    MrArlingtonBeach
    I'm getting to the point where I am feeling like they will have a decent amount of content - playable pros, solid courses, etc. They're through announcing the majority of the major courses (still hoping they announce Whistling Straits around the Ryder Cup), and will likely be naming the pros soon, since they named one here in the LPGA announcement.
    But I am starting to think it's time we get a look at the game. Some screenshots or a clip of gameplay or something.

    You know something... at this point I can see an announcement happening right before the Ryder cup similar to this saying it’s it. They already have that course on frostbite... touch it up and renew the license. Get the branding and boom. That would be a massive upper cut to 2k man. Honestly how do they survive? Their pga tour license is basically not even used already
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    VoltSwoosh
    That would be a massive upper cut to 2k man. Honestly how do they survive? Their pga tour license is basically not even used already

    2K should really pivot away from the licensed angle and go all in on gameplay and the course creator.
    They simply aren't going to be competitive on a PGA game if they don't have the majors and lots of licensed courses, Pro's and content.
    Doing a half a** competitor to EA on the PGA/LPGA front is just a way to waste money.
    I assume they are smart enough to realize that the financial success of 2k21 was mostly all due to the total vacuum of competition in the space these last few years. That era is ending.
    I mean -- HB couldn't get leaderboards to work right.
    That sort of dog won't hunt in 2022
    scagwi
    2K should really pivot away from the licensed angle and go all in on gameplay and the course creator.
    They simply aren't going to be competitive on a PGA game if they don't have the majors and lots of licensed courses, Pro's and content.
    Doing a half a** competitor to EA on the PGA/LPGA front is just a way to waste money.
    I assume they are smart enough to realize that the financial success of 2k21 was mostly all due to the total vacuum of competition in the space these last few years. That era is ending.
    I mean -- HB couldn't get leaderboards to work right.
    That sort of dog won't hunt in 2022

    Nope. They were smart to do what they did, but that day has passed. I’d love to see them somehow give us the ability to do this in career mode- Download courses that others have made, name them what you want, create logo for them, add them to your career mode. That’s the only way I see the career mode being worth it. EA is really ending the fight before it’s started SO FAR. They could mess this up big time if they go lazy. I just don’t see that happening with all the money they have invested in it already.
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    VoltSwoosh
    I’d love to see them somehow give us the ability to do this in career mode- Download courses that others have made, name them what you want, create logo for them, add them to your career mode.

    This is the key ^^
    The biggest reason they should get out of licensed courses and PGA stuff is so they can "look the other way" and let RCR's exist and be part of career modes, etc.
    Trying to do a licensed game + having a course creator, particularly when they are the only point of downloading that content, is fraught with issues.
    scagwi
    This is the key ^^
    The biggest reason they should get out of licensed courses and PGA stuff is so they can "look the other way" and let RCR's exist and be part of career modes, etc.
    Trying to a licensed game + having a course creator, particularly when they are the only point of downloading that content, is fraught with issues.

    You are correct. I think a lot of courses have been censored already. If I was head of it, I would drop pga and go all out on customization and Tiger Woods. Also new graphics are needed desperately to compete with EA BUT will that delete course creator of there is a new engine? Idk but they are in trouble IMO
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    VoltSwoosh
    Also new graphics are needed desperately to compete with EA BUT will that delete course creator of there is a new engine? Idk but they are in trouble IMO

    Good point about the Course Creator..
    But they have to bite the bullet and do it, even if it means a step back in capabilities for a bit.
    The graphics are now like 7 years old (and it shows)
    And that is just with how we feel now..
    Think how this comparison may look once we get a peak at some EA PGA 2022 screens/vids!
    I don't play 2k21, but I can tell you that if I did I wouldn't find it funny in the least that they spend time even talking about this clown show crap when there are so many outstanding issues with the actual product.
    Who do they think they are catering to?
    Are there fully grown mature adults that are into this?
    Not even my 12 year old nephew finds this kind of content appealing.
    scagwi
    I don't play 2k21, but I can tell you that if I did I wouldn't find it funny in the least that they spend time even talking about this clown show crap when there are so many outstanding issues with the actual product.
    Who do they think they are catering to?
    Are there fully grown mature adults that are into this?
    Not even my 12 year old nephew finds this kind of content appealing.

    It’s like they are not even aware they have serious competition now. Those putters have been on for a long time also. If I’m EA, I put those in pga 22 simply to mock 2k21.
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    VoltSwoosh
    It’s like they are not even aware they have serious competition now. Those putters have been on for a long time also. If I’m EA, I put those in pga 22 simply to mock 2k21.
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    My prediction for the 2k game is...
    They will push out a new version that polishes things.
    I think 2k has made their money here and won't want to do the massive re-investment that would be required to really compete moving forward.
    tldr -- They will employ the "milk the cow" strategy
    scagwi
    My prediction for the 2k game is...
    They will push out a new version that polishes things.
    I think 2k has made their money here and won't want to do the massive re-investment that would be required to really compete moving forward.
    tldr -- They will employ the "milk the cow" strategy

    Yep. They sure did milk The Golf Clubs already built foundation. 2K21 was just TGC2020 with 2Ks big time branding. Made common folk think it was an all new game that 2K built in their first try.
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    VoltSwoosh
    Yep. They sure did milk The Golf Clubs already built foundation. 2K21 was just TGC2020 with 2Ks big time branding. Made common folk think it was an all new game that 2K built in their first try.

    Bingo!
    And those same people are erroneously extrapolating out from that and assuming that 2k's "second effort" will be even more stupendous!
    What they may have missed is that they acquired HB...so it's guaranteed to be the same 3 steps forward, 1.5 steps back that's been the hallmark of the entire TGC series run.
    I myself would be at least a bit bullish on another 2k effort if they hadn't gotten even tighter with HB.
    The series needs a development house that is frankly just "better".
    scagwi
    Bingo!
    And those same people are erroneously extrapolating out from that and assuming that 2k's "second effort" will be even more stupendous!
    What they may have missed is that they acquired HB...so it's guaranteed to be the same 3 steps forward, 1.5 steps back that's been the hallmark of the entire TGC series run.
    I myself would be at least a bit bullish on another 2k effort if they hadn't gotten even tighter with HB.
    The series needs a development house that is frankly just "better".

    In house in my opinion. HB can’t take the series any farther IMO
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    We already have 8 real world courses confirmed for pga 22. In comparison Rory 15 only had 8 real world courses at launch.... We are still many months away from release.
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    scagwi
    Anyone recall how many TW14 had at launch as default?
    (no DLC packs included I mean)

    ‘20 championship courses’
    Dlc had TPC 4 pack and 14 course pack
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    We're going to have 25+ real courses if all those in Rory are in the game. With this news of the LPGA being in, Mission Hills will be in too as it's a Major.
    25 courses is something to laugh at by the pom-pom boys of the HB game bragging of their hundred of thousands of courses, but great for those of us career mode guys.
    bigkev
    We're going to have 25+ real courses if all those in Rory are in the game. With this news of the LPGA being in, Mission Hills will be in too as it's a Major.
    25 courses is something to laugh at by the pom-pom boys of the HB game bragging of their hundred of thousands of courses, but great for those of us career mode guys.

    Enjoy your ‘blue balls cc’ and the other 1000 impossible boring courses on there.
    Also wouldn’t EA have confirmed mission hills already or has that major not happened yet? I don’t follow lpga much as you can probably tell. I welcomed it though
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    bigkev
    It's the first LPGA major championship of the year, it's in the spring, early April I think.

    Don’t mean to sound like I’m hating on you, but would’ve EA have told us back in April if it was in ??
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    They're not going to give us everything, they will keep meat of the game until the end. Today, they gave us the LPGA so... and they're keeping the Whistling Straits announcement for the Ryder Cup. We just have to be patient for more info until they release the game.
    bigkev
    They're not going to give us everything, they will keep meat of the game until the end. Today, they gave us the LPGA so... and they're keeping the Whistling Straits announcement for the Ryder Cup. We just have to be patient for more info until they release the game.

    But I’m saying since it’s a lpga major they would have told us, but you are right. Hoping for a sizzle clip tomorrow
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    bigkev
    Thinking of it, next should be a couple of courses for the Fed Ex Cup, with East Lake being one of them.

    Yesir! Hopefully after that it really ramps up through the winter and up to March
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    They said a lot of things that were already there in the past. For commentary, it must be on course commentary because they had Kelly Tilghman doing commentary in a couple of games well over 10 years ago. Tilghman was the first female voice in the game. Women had a lot of options in the TW games like makeup, eye shade and clothing from the Gulbis and Creamer line. Real PGA and LPGA golfers already had look alike in previous TW games. Guess it's all new generation PR.
    The most important for the golf nerds, all those golfers in the game are going to have their specific swing. Well until they changes coaches and their swing again which happened a lot for most of them.
    Oh, and again, be very patient...
    As the game gets closer to its release next year, we’ll know more about full course lists, players from the PGA and LPGA, and all the game mode details to come
    They're going to keep that going for months, bit of info drop by drop.
    bigkev
    They said a lot of things that were already there in the past. For commentary, it must be on course commentary because they had Kelly Tilghman doing commentary in a couple of games well over 10 years ago. Tilghman was the first female voice in the game. Women had a lot of options in the TW games like makeup, eye shade and clothing from the Gulbis and Creamer line. Real PGA and LPGA golfers already had look alike in previous TW games. Guess it's all new generation PR.
    The most important for the golf nerds, all those golfers in the game are going to have their specific swing. Well until they changes coaches and their swing again which happened a lot for most of them.
    Oh, and again, be very patient...
    They're going to keep that going for months, bit of info drop by drop.

    Do you take it as she will only be commentary for the LPGA? Or maybe all of it? Or...... multiple commentary teams for pga tour career mode
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    VoltSwoosh
    Do you take it as she will only be commentary for the LPGA? Or maybe all of it? Or...... multiple commentary teams for pga tour career mode

    Iona Stephen does bits for Sky Sports in the UK for both Men and Women's golf, so I wouldn't be surprised if she is used across both.
    grahamc
    Iona Stephen does bits for Sky Sports in the UK for both Men and Women's golf, so I wouldn't be surprised if she is used across both.

    There’s no way they get the masters and not CBS and Jim Nantz right?
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