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Electronic Arts Will No Longer Produce Tiger Woods PGA Tour Games

102813-TigerTiger Woods and Electronic Arts are no longer in business together, the video game company announced Monday, ending a 15-year relationship between the two.

It brings an end to the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game series, one that has sold $771 million worth of games over the course of the relationship.

Woods’ agent Mark Steinburg has said that his client is in negotiations with another company regarding his video game rights. Meanwhile, EA will continue to utilize the PGA Tour name.

This announcement comes a month after EA said it would no longer produce its NCAA Football game as part of a settlement with ex-players.

Woods has only two remaining sponsors from his 2009 extramarital affair: Nike and NetJets, a plane sharing company.

United States Rallies To Take Lead In Day 1 Of President’s Cup

100313-PresidentsCupIt was almost a comeback, but the Americans held on at the Presidents Cup to take a one point lead over the International team after Day 1.

The International team started off strong, taking a 2.5 to 0.5 lead after three matches.

But it’s not how you begin, but how you finish, and the United States did just that, rallying to win its final three matches for the early lead after one day.

The first day of competition featured six four-ball matchups.

Here’s the results from Day 1:

[table]International,Result,United States
Jason Day and Graham DeLaet,1 up,Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker
Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama,halved,Bill Haas and Webb Simpson
Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel,2 and 1,Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley
Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge,1 up,Steve Stricker and Jordan Speith
Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman,5 and 4,Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods
Brenden Grace and Richard Sterne,5 and 3,Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson

The competition will go on through the weekend, with tomorrow featuring foursome matchups.

The United States has won five of the last six Presidents Cup, tying in 2003, and last losing in 1998.

Golf News: Tiger Woods Voted 2013 PGA Tour Player Of The Year

Tiger Woods was been voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time Friday morning, the PGA Tour announced.

092713-WoodsJordan Speith won rookie of the year after finishing 10th on the money list and beginning the season with no tour status.

Woods didn’t win a major this year, but did win five times, three more than anybody else did in 2013.

Tiger’s wins
1/24-1/27,Farmers Insurance Open,-14,$1.098 million
3/7-3/10,WGC-Cadillac Championship,-19,$1.5 million
3/21-3/24,Arnold Palmer Invitational,-13,$1.116 million
5/9-5/12,THE PLAYERS Championship,-13,$1.710 million
8/1-8/4,WGC-Bridgestone Invitational,-15,$1.5 million

In total Woods has won $7.687 million in 2013 amassing 12 tournaments.

Woods was on the ballet alongside British Open champion Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Adam Scott, FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.

Tiger Woods Roars at Bridgestone

Tiger Woods was locked in in a historic way this weekend at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.  Tiger shot a 9-under-par 61 on Friday, matching his career-best round, to give himself a commanding seven-stroke lead he would not relinquish over the weekend.  Friday was a sublime day for Tiger on the course, he seemingly did not miss a putt.  All of his shots were accurate and landed in the middle of the fairways, all of his chips set him up for easy putt outs by the pin.

tiger woodsIf you’re wondering why this was such a big deal, it’s because this was Tiger’s best round since 2005!  Putting and an inability to come through on the weekend have been Tiger’s biggest problems on tour so far this year.  However, staked to a nearly insurmountable seven-stroke lead, Tiger played it safe and consistent the rest of the weekend.  He shot a 2-under-par 68 on Saturday and an even-par 70 on Sunday to maintain his massive lead and earn his 79th career victory. Although Tiger has been in a majors drought, and whether or not he’ll catch Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors has been in question, this win placed Tiger only three behind Sam Snead for most tour victories of all time.  Tiger now has 79, Snead has 82.

Although Tiger hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, he has been winning other tournaments on a very consistent basis.  Tiger has won 5 of his last 11 tournaments, placing in the top 10 in two other tournaments this year.  Those other two being the Masters’ and the Open Championship.  Oh, and of course, Tiger remains the world’s number one ranked golfer, by a hefty margin too.  In case you were wondering, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, and Adam Scott round out the top five.

Speaking of majors, next week is the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.  Although Tiger’s putting was at its best this weekend at the Bridgestone, it has been an Achilles’ heel lately.  In fact, Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News seems to think putting at Oak Hill will be Tiger’s undoing this coming weekend.

Tiger’s dominant win has clearly put him as the odds-on favorite to win the PGA Championship.  Tiger Woods is the only golfer whom you would actually pick to win a tournament over the field.  In fact, the only real reason this article is being written is because Tiger Woods won, and that makes golf interesting.  The PGA Championship is probably the most forgettable of golf’s four major championships.  However, with Tiger’s impressive weekend, the PGA Championship just got all that more interesting.

Rory McIlroy is the defending PGA Championship winner.  The tournament has been won by a hodge-podge of guys over recent years such as Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, and Y.E. Yang.  Tiger most recently won the PGA Championship in 2007 at Southern Hills in Tulsa.

Mr. Bondy of the Daily News is right, putting will be the key for Tiger to winning another major this weekend.  It will be the key for whoever wins.  Tiger had a monster weekend at Firestone, if he can carry that over with strong putting, there’s no reason to bet against him.  But, anybody, can have a big round.  Keegan Bradley will be in Tiger’s group with Davis Love III when they tee off Thursday morning.  Nobody bet on Bradley to win the PGA Championship when he did so in 2011.

Golf’s final major tees off on Thursday.  Woods or the field?  It’s tough to call, but if Woods is near the top of the leaderboard over the weekend, I bet you’ll be way more compelled to watch.