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Tiger Woods’s Video Game Cover Companions to Be Picked By Fans

Tiger Woods will be sharing the cover of his next video game installment with fellow PGA Tour players, to be selected in an online fan vote.

Two regional covers for Electronic Arts Inc.’s “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13,” which launches in March 2012, will be created -- one featuring Woods with another American golfer and another with Woods joined by a top European pro, EA said in a statement.

The eight Americans -- Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Rocco Mediate and Bubba Watson -- will square off in weeklong head-to-head bracket-style fan votes beginning today on Facebook until one winner is announced Oct. 24 on the social media website. The same competition will take place with eight Europeans -- Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Ross Fisher, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Edoardo Molinari, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

The golfers were selected based on a combination of their world rankings, in-season tour standing and popularity as measured by followers on Twitter, Facebook and their own websites.

Woods, who failed to qualify for the U.S. PGA Tour playoffs this year, dropped out of the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings today for the first time since October 1996. The 35-year-old has won 71 times on the PGA Tour, third all-time behind Sam Snead (82) and Jack Nicklaus (73). Woods hasn’t won a tournament since November 2009.

Electronic Arts also has used fan votes to select the cover athletes for its “Madden NFL 12” and “NCAA Football 12” video games.

The golf game again will include Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, while a collector’s edition will include five additional courses and Augusta National’s practice facility.

The game also will be available on Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 Kinect motion control system, Redwood City, California-based Electronic Arts said.

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