Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy launching TGL virtual golf league on Monday evenings
The NFL playing on Monday evenings changed football. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy trust it does likewise for golf.
The two stars are collaborating to launch a tech-infused golf league in partnership with the PGA Tour that will highlight two-hour, three-on-three 18-hole matches on a virtual course that will happen on Monday evenings starting in January 2024.
The new league, named TGL, will incorporate 15 regular-season matches and a postseason comprised of the league’s top four teams. McIlroy and Golf Channel president Mike McCarley, who collaborated with Woods on the venture, uncovered the details on Wednesday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the site of the current week’s Tour Championship.
“We’ve been working on this for two years,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for PGA Tour players to show a different side of themselves, primetime on Monday night. I think it’s great for brand exposure to try to engage a different audience.”
McIlroy likewise said that Woods, who has contended sparingly since suffering a debilitating leg injury in a car crash in February 2021, wanted to play in the matches.
“Who knows where we’re going to see Tiger Woods play golf next, right?” McIlroy said. “We don’t know what his schedule is going to be. We don’t know how his body is going to be. But to be able to see him still showcase his skills on prime time, on TV without really any wear and tear on his body, I think to be able to see Tiger hit golf shots and still sort of provide people with a glimpse of his genius — I think it is a really good use of his time.”
The location of the venue hasn’t been declared, however renderings show a stadium-like climate that is like Topgolf, with players hitting into a test system that has a screen comparative in size to IMAX for longer shots and using a real green complex for chipping and putting. The playing region will be around 3/4 of the size of a football field.
The events will be scheduled to compliment the Tour’s schedule, with the idea being to play different Tour courses, contingent upon where the Tour is in a given week.
It is additionally seen as one more method for attempting to ruin the controversial Saudi-supported LIV Golf Series, which features team and individual competition as well as music playing on course during its competitions.
Woods, who has been obtuse in his analysis of LIV, said in a statement that the new virtual league is the “next evolution within professional golf.”
“We all know what it’s like to be in a football stadium or a basketball arena where you can watch every play, every minute of action unfold right in front of you,” Woods said. “It’s something that inherently isn’t possible in traditional golf — and an aspect of TGL that will set it apart and appeal to a new generation of fans.”