Tiger Woods dropped from cover of his own game

Wed Jan 5, 2011 6:24pm EST
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By John Gaudiosi

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) The woes continue for Tiger Woods off the course.

Last year, Electronic Arts made the golfing great share the cover of his bestselling game with Northern Irish rookie Rory McIlroy for the first time ever.

This year, following the controversy away from the green and lackluster play on it, Woods has been dropped from the cover of the March 29th release of "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters" on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Woods has been replaced with a shot of the iconic yellow flag at Augusta National Golf Club, which is a major focus for the new game.

Woods will appear on the PlayStation 3 Collector's Edition of the game, which will cost $10 more and include five additional courses.

EA Sports has worked with Woods since 1999 on what once was a perennial bestselling title. But last year, sales of the game dropped in the U.S. and around the globe dramatically.

According to videogame analyst David Cole of DFC Intelligence, sales of "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11" were down 50 percent to 60 percent on a worldwide basis from 2009.

While EA stood by their cover athlete, they did not work with him to promote the game last year. Traditionally, Woods does media interviews and appearances to launch each new game.   Continued...