Justin Thomas said it was a childhood dream come true to see his face on the cover of the PGA Tour's new officially licensed video game, PGA Tour 2K21.
Scheduled for an August release, the game will feature 15 playable PGA Tour courses, each of which was scanned using cutting-edge technology to create realistic fairways, greens, trees, bunkers and water hazards.
The game will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and Steam.
"For me, it was one of those things when I got asked and approached about it... you dream about it as a kid," said Thomas, a winner of 12 PGA Tour titles and the 2017 PGA Championship.
"Next thing you know, I see the picture of me on the cover and it's really happening. And it's an accomplishment I'll always remember."
"It's something you love to get approached about. It's something I've never experienced, having never been in a video game. This is a heck of a start. It was awesome."
Thomas will be joined by 11 other PGA Tour pros who are lending their likenesses to the game as part of a PGA Tour Career Mode where players compete to become the FedEx Cup champion.
The game will feature a new level of customisation, allowing players to experiment with various brands of equipment and clothing.
"For me, the big thing I've noticed is the difference about how realistic it is," said Thomas. "It's unbelievable. It makes the experience of playing the game. If I'm playing TPC Sawgrass, at 17, the people that are in the crowd are real spectators. They are legitimate people doing actual movements. You are creating your own player and trying to make it to the top like we do. The point of the video is to be as realistic as possible.
"It's been in the works for a bit, over a year process. It's been exciting. I liked playing video games growing up, when it was a snow day or when I couldn't play golf myself, I would like to play. I wasn't going outside. And I was competitive, didn't want to lose. Even in a video game. It's not as bad as real life. It is something that will be fun to mess with."
- TEAMtalk media