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Four more courses coming free to Rory McIlroy PGA Tour

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Another three real-world courses and four modes of play will be added into Rory McIlroy PGA Tour by March, EA Sports announced today. The additions, plus two other free courses already released, should help soothe disappointment over the skimpy offerings the golf title had offered at launch.

EA Sports didn't give a specific timeline for the new course inclusions, but there will be four — Quail Hollow Club of Charlotte, NC, TPC Stadium at PGA West in La Quinta, CA, Oakmont Country Club in suburban Pittsburgh, and Treasure Island, a fictitious course.

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour added TPC Scottsdale in August and East Lake Golf Club in September and with them, two additional events in the career mode. There was no specific detail on how the four new courses would be incorporated into the game's career.

That will bring to 18 the number of courses in the game, all either on the disc or free to download. By comparison, the final three editions of the preceding Tiger Woods PGA Tour series had 16 to 20 courses in the main release.

Additionally, real-life golfers Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson will be added to the roster of players, and one-off play will offer skins, four ball, alternate shot and best ball formats, as had been available in past series.

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was praised for its enhanced gameplay but it wasn't enough to overcome the skimpy offerings — just 12 courses, eight of them real — at launch. Polygon scored the game a 6.0, in particular lamenting the thin career mode but pleased with the swing mechanisms and changes to putting.