The player roster for EA Sports PGA Tour has been revealed through early access, and it includes numerous golfers who have been banned from the PGA Tour in real life due to their decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series. In addition to LIV players such as Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, there are also non-LIV players on the roster like Jordan Spieth and the Korda sisters. The ongoing lawsuit between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf adds an extra layer of tension to the situation, with LIV Golf players currently competing at The Masters this week.
Major surprises in player roster for EA Sports PGA Tour
As golf fans gear up for a new game from EA Sports, the announcement of the game’s player roster has revealed some major surprises. Numerous golfers who have been banned from the PGA Tour in real life over their decision to leave the PGA Tour and join the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf series are featured in EA Sports PGA Tour. These players include Dustin Johnson, Joaquin Niemann, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Harold Varner III, Bubba Watson, Abraham Ancer, and Ian Poulter.
However, the roster is not exclusively made up of LIV players. In addition to the LIV Golf series participants, there are also non-LIV players such as Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth, and the Korda sisters, among others. This blend of players from different backgrounds could lead to some interesting matchups and experiences for players of the game.
Lawsuit between PGA Tour and LIV Golf adds tension
The ongoing legal battle between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf series could add some extra tension to EA Sports PGA Tour. Both sides have made claims about each other over a range of issues, and the inclusion of banned LIV players in EA’s game could be viewed as controversial by some. It remains to be seen how this legal dispute will affect the golf community and its perception of the game.
LIV Golf players competing at The Masters
A number of LIV Golf players are currently participating in arguably the most coveted tournament title in all of professional golf, The Masters at Augusta National. Despite being banned from the PGA Tour, players like Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are allowed to compete at The Masters because the event is not run by the PGA Tour. The first round of competition began on Thursday, April 6, and fans are eagerly watching the progress of these LIV players to see how they fare against some of the world’s top golfers.
Comparison to rival game PGA Tour 2K23
For those who prefer a more traditional golf experience without the LIV Golf controversy, 2K’s rival golf game, PGA Tour 2K23, may be the better option. This game does not include any LIV Golf players on its roster of playable pros. It remains to be seen which game will come out ahead in the battle for golf game supremacy.
Availability of EA Sports PGA Tour
Those eager to try out EA Sports PGA Tour can do so by way of a 10-hour trial for EA Access and Game Pass Ultimate Members. Those who want to start playing the game right away can buy the $85 Deluxe Edition to begin playing ahead of the game’s public release on April 7.
The player roster reveal for EA Sports PGA Tour has certainly caused a stir in the golf community. Featuring numerous banned LIV Golf players alongside traditional favorites, the roster offers a unique blend of experiences for players. However, with the ongoing legal dispute between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, the inclusion of these players could be seen as controversial by some. Only time will tell how this will affect the game’s reception and sales.