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January 24, 2011

Truth & Rumors: EA Sports says no nudity in Tiger Woods video game

EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour '11 video game made headlines when the gaming giant revealed the latest version would include Augusta National Golf Club for the first time. Now, however, EA Sports is involved in controversy after a British gamer claimed her avatar in the game went topless. Wired News has the details:

... it appears that videogame giant Electronic Arts may have a similar sort of wrinkle on its hands involving Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. Jo Eley, who hails from Britain, claims she “spent ages” creating her Tiger Woods custom avatar only to have it suddenly tee off wearing only white pants. (Yup, “she” was topless.)

The Sun has the exclusive story on this, as well as video of the purported avatar in action (large NSFW photos, as you might expect).

EA, for its part, apparently issued a statement to the paper, saying in part: We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game. The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking.

 

Harrington calls Kaymer ‘most formidable player in world’ when leading

Here’s Padraig Harrington on Martin Kaymer, who won the Abu Dhabi Championship by eight shots with a 24-under 264, according to The Glasgow Evening Times:

“He’s probably the most formidable player in the world when he is leading. He seems to intimidate the rest of the field into believing if he gets in front, he’ll win.”

Retief Goosen was impressed too:

"I've never saw anything above 20-under around here. The course, we were lucky, we didn't have any wind really all week, a bit of rain but no real wind. So if the wind blew like it normally blows over here, I'm probably thinking 15 and under would be the winning score. But yeah, he's killing us."

This is starting to sound familiar.

Unclear if the Man from Hope will save Classic

The Bob Hope Classic was buzzing about news that the PGA Tour was in talks with former President Bill Clinton about a partnership with two Clinton-led charities that would involve the Bob Hope Classic. That Clinton would be a boost to the Hope, which is still one of the Tour’s most enjoyable tournaments despite its star-challenged field, is a no-brainer, but The Los Angeles Times' Bill Dwyer advised caution after talking with tournament director John Foster.

Still, bigger-name players and a title sponsor are needed, and Sunday brought yet another wrinkle. The Desert Sun reported that former President Bill Clinton, an avid golfer, may be interested in using his leverage and that of his foundation to get involved in getting a sponsor and players. The details are unclear, and Foster's body language on the topic pointed to caution.

But can you imagine Clinton calling Mickelson to play in the Hope, and Mickelson saying no?

That may be a work in progress, much like the Bob Hope Classic itself.

Stray Shots: Things we saw while insisting the proper spelling is “Jhonny”...

Former USGA president David Fay is joining Golf Digest as a columnist. Personally, I hate it when estimable publications go tabloid to attract readers. (Via The Austin Statesman)

Some teenagers go bonkers after hitting an unlikely shot at a miniature golf course. Surprisingly, they don’t appear to have girlfriends. (Video via The Huffington Post)

Arnold Palmer’s garage has never once seen an automobile. (Via The Orlando Sentinel)

Why Martin Kaymer’s stint at No. 2 might be short-lived. Remember, Tiger is at Torrey Pines this week. (Via Eurosport.com)

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