Last Updated: 20/11/23 5:16pm
The launch of TGL, the new tech-infused golf league fronted by Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, has been postponed until 2025 after damage to the tournament venue.
The TGL is a made-for-TV golf league from Woods and McIlroy’s TMRW Sports venture, with the pair among the 24 PGA Tour players committed to competing in six four-man teams from January in Florida.
TGL match nights were due to take place at the purpose-built SoFi Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where officials cited a power outage for deflation and damage to the air-supported dome section of the venue last week.
No injuries were reported and most of the technology was not impacted by the collapse, although damage has been considered too significant in time for the event to launch as scheduled.
In a statement, TGL officials said: “Following discussions with key partners, including players, our six team ownership groups, PGA TOUR leadership and our commercial partners, SoFi, ESPN and Palm Beach State College, the decision has been made to postpone the start of the TGL season until early 2025.
“This decision came after reviewing short-term solutions, potential construction timelines, player schedules, and the primetime sports television calendar. Despite this new timeline for the venue, we remain excited about the future of TGL and will continue to build excitement between now and the start of the season with our players, fans and teams.
“We have begun to update plans and timelines and are confident that the extension will only improve our delivery.”
On the delay, Woods said: “I’ve been a believer in TGL, and as the momentum has built this past year, I’m even more excited about what this can become for fans of the game all around the world.
“Although the events of last week will force us to make adjustments to our timelines, I’m fully confident that this concept will be brought to life by our great committed players.”
McIlroy added: “The postponement brings mixed feelings of disappointment and excitement. Above all, we are happy that no one was injured. We are looking forward to the launch of TGL. Given the circumstances, while the delay is disappointing, the postponement will allow us to regroup, refocus and return stronger.”
The SoFi Center is a nearly 250,000-square-foot indoor simulator venue that has been constructed to accommodate around 1,600 fans on match nights.
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