EA has gone for realism with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10. The course selection features all the classics but none of the off-putting "fantasy courses" (although one of these, Predator, can be downloaded for a fee). The introduction of weather is a nice challenge although you may wish you were playing in fairer climes as the courses' proclivity for downpours can get rather tiresome.
Online modes are as good as before, with the novel "Play the Pros" feature enabling players to participate in real tournaments against live scores from actual players. Yet niggles remain: dynamic skills, whilst an improvement on the previous system of skilling up from scratch, still penalise players for strategically played rounds. And the realism even extends to the option to actually pay for clubs and kit in a bid to bypass earning items through play. From day one players were able to maximise skills and equipment for various small fees - an insidious tactic, particularly galling when you want to challenge others online.
Tiger works best when it concentrates on realism and this is definitely a step in the right direction.