The 18th green of the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, site of the LPGA’s Evian Championship(Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
GAMING & ESPORTS

EA Sports PGA Tour Levels Up on Women’s Golf

Ahead of the golf video game’s 2022 return, EA is teaming up with the LPGA to provide all-new experiences for gamers.

Women’s golf is returning to EA Sports’ PGA Tour video game franchise in a big way, with the largest-ever LPGA presence in the upcoming title, the company announced Wednesday.

There will be the widest breadth of women’s golf representation in gaming yet, with a wealth of LPGA stars to be added to the game across all game modes. The addition of one of the five majors on the LPGA Tour, The Amundi Evian Championship, will bring the Evian Resort Golf Club in  Évian-les-Bains, France to life in the game when the game debuts next spring.

“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.”

Next year’s launch marks the first new edition of the franchise since 2015’s Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. EA announced the franchise’s 2022 return in March as a true next-generation golf game.

To bring the women’s game back to PGA Tour in an authentic, diverse way, EA Sports brought together a creative council that worked together for over a year on everything from design to audio, visuals, golf trends, and community-building. One of the group’s members, GOLFTV and Sky Sports broadcaster and former pro golfer Iona Stephen, will join the in-game commentary team as its first female on-course reporter.

“I’m incredibly excited that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR laid out a vision to represent female athletes and the LPGA in the game,” Stephen said. “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.”