Rory McIlroy PGA Tour scores a UK chart hole in one, first PGA game No.1 since 2008

Matthew Jarvis
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour scores a UK chart hole in one, first PGA game No.1 since 2008

After seven years of bogies, Rory McIlroy has helped 2015's instalment in the PGA Tour series straight to the UK retail chart top spot.

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is a big shake-up for the golfing franchise – it's both the first PGA Tour to drop a year from its title and the first entry without the name of iconic golfer Tiger Woods in 18 years.

Not only this – McIlroy's digital debut is only the second PGA title to launch on a Thursday, following Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, which released in March 2013.

Fortunately, it's also the first PGA Tour to claim a Number One position in the UK software charts since 2008's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09, with the new title achieving a similar level of sales as its predecessor.

This is probably thanks to its unique position as the only boxed golf title on PS4 and Xbox One at this point in time. (There are a number of digital ball-into-hole simulators.)

Further down the rankings, F1 2015 slips from pole position to trail PGA Tour as the racing title's sales drop by three-fifths (57 per cent).

Batman Arkham Knight sits one space below, down from second to third as sales drop by a third (36 per cent).

In terms of climbers, Activision's Destiny jumped four spaces to sixth with sales almost doubling (up 90 per cent) thanks to multiple Amazon Prime Day promotions.

The only other new entry in the Top 40 is God of War III Remastered, which debuts at number nine, over five years after its original PS3 version.

Meanwhile, monster-smashing new release Godzilla failed to make it into in the combined software charts at all.

Here is the Top Ten for the week ending July 18th, courtesy of UKIE and GfK Chart-Track:

  1. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
  2. F1 2015
  3. Batman Arkham Knight
  4. LEGO Jurassic World
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Destiny
  7. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  8. The Elder Scrolls Online
  9. God of War III: Remastered
  10. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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