Tiger Woods of the United States and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland stroll to the 11 th fairway throughout a practice round prior to the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 03, 2023 in Augusta,Georgia
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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s indoor golf league, TGL, has actually delayed its inaugural season by a year till the start of 2025, the company stated Monday.
The choice follows the roofing of the brand-new arena slated to host TGL matches collapsed recently. The league stated the power system utilized throughout building and construction of the SoFi Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida stopped working, triggering a dome structure to deflate.
The mishap did not trigger injuries or harm the league’s golf simulators and other innovation, TGL stated. But TGL postponed the season, which was anticipated to begin in January, after talking to essential partners.
“This decision came after reviewing short-term solutions, potential construction timelines, player schedules, and the primetime sports television calendar,” the league stated in a declaration. “We are confident that the extension will only improve our delivery.”
TGL, which counts the PGA Tour as a partner, was established by McIlroy, Woods and previous NBC executive Mike McCarthy. The trio wishes to develop a primetime indoor golf league to draw in brand-new fans to the sport at as the introduction of the Saudi- backed LIV Golf, and after that its proposed merger with the PGA Tour, left golf at a crossroads.
Woods was positive about the league’s future in spite of the postponed launch.
“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,” Woods stated in a declaration Monday.
TGL has actually drawn a few of the very best golf enthusiasts worldwide as part of its lineup. It’s uncertain how the brand-new timeline might impact gamer involvement.
The league has actually likewise drawn in a variety of prominent group owners and financiers consisting of hedge funder Steve Cohen, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Fenway Sports Group, tech creator Alexis Ohanian and tennis stars Serena and VenusWilliams Other financiers in the league consist of basketball excellent Stephen Curry, race automobile motorist Lewis Hamilton, ladies’s soccer gamer Alex Morgan, vocalist Justin Timberlake and professional football’s Tony Romo and Josh Allen.
TGL signed a multi-year media rights handle ESPN in October to transmit its occasions.
ESPN stated it totally supports the choice to hold off the 2024 season.
“We have actually thought in them and their vision from the start, which has actually not altered. The extra time to strategy, test and rehearse will just make it much better, stated Rosalyn Durant, executive vice president, programs and acquisitions at ESPN.