Basketball fans ask the question “Who will be the next Michael Jordan?”
Golf fans used to have “Who will be the next Tiger Woods?”, until Monday.
The gaming company EA Sports did a good job of answering that, announcing Rory McIlroy the next cover athlete of their golf video game.
Woods had a good run, being the face for 16 editions of Tiger Woods PGA Tour between 1998 and 2013.
EA’s decision to move away from Woods was made in November of 2013, signaling the choice being based more on his decline in performance rather than his off-the-course troubles. Woods has not won a major championship since the 2008 US Open and has dropped in the World Golf Ranking to No. 87.
On the flip side, McIlroy is No. 1 in the rankings and won two of his four majors in 2014 – The British Open and PGA Championship.
Rory McIlory PGA Tour will be available in stores June 2015.