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New Tiger games launching in June

EA Sports finally made it official, announcing that they are sticking by Tiger Woods for another round of video games, starting with the launch of the "Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online" open beta and continuing on this June with "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11" for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and iPhone.

In a prior statement, EA Sports president Peter Moore explained why his company was sticking by Woods while others like AT&T and Accenture dropped the troubled golfer.

"Our relationship with Tiger has always been rooted in golf," said Moore. "We didn't form a relationship with him so that he could act as an arm's length endorser. Far from it. We chose to partner with Tiger in 1997 because we saw him as the world's best, most talented and exciting golfer. We struck that partnership with the assumption that he would remain near or at the top of his sport for years to come."

And while no details of the new console games were made available by EA, plenty of new features are now available during the free preview open beta of "Tiger Online," including:

Facebook Connect: "Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online" connects to Facebook, allowing players to invite their friends to become fans, thus earning additional in-game experience. Players are also able to publish their accomplishments to Facebook.

Golfer Progression: Players will begin their career as a beginner and by earning experience points, will climb the ranks toward becoming a golf legend.

The Cut Line: As an extra challenge, each day a target score will appear that becomes the goal for each golfer. If the user meets, or scores under the target, additional in-game experience is rewarded.

Fans, Favorites and Sponsorships: Each player will be able to acquire fans within Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online. The more fans a player has, the more experience points are rewarded. Sponsor your friends and earn in-game money if they make the Cut Line.

Realistic Wind: Experience dynamic wind that calculates the direction and speed throughout the round, making the game more realistic and challenging.

Pro Shop Purchase upgraded equipment with in-game earnings to help improve your customized golfer and impress friends.

To check out "Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online," log onto www.tigerwoodsonline.ea.com