A demo for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2009 is now available on Xbox LIve. I'm currently downloading the large 1008.70 MB file (85% complete) and I will post with my impressions after giving it a go for a few hours.
This is my first Tiger Woods since getting an HDTV...oh, boy, oh boy. I sure hope I don't hurt Tiger's knee too badly.
The download is also available on the PS3's PSN for download.
The first thing that sticks out with '09 is that skills/attributes are powered up not by purchasing them after each round, but dynamically, based upon how you play. And, in fact, if you play poorly, your skill level goes down. At any time not playing a round, you can choose "Custom Drills" which will help you earn skill points.
For example, the demo asks that you play three holes so that it can determine your skill level. Me, being awesome, got a birdie and two pars (I laid up on the par 4 because there was not enough of a landing area for a 3 wood). It rewarded me with improvement in my power, accuracy, short game, and putting. The game then suggested that I do a custom power drill in order to add 0.60 points to my power score. It's like a Tiger RPG. Coolio!