The launch of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s new golf league, TGL, has been postponed till 2025 due to damage to the purpose-built tournament venue in Florida.
TGL, a tech-infused golf league that’s designed to present an alternate viewing expertise to conventional golf tournaments, was scheduled to begin in January on the SoFi Middle, a state-of-the-art simulator venue that has been designed to maintain round 1,600 followers.
However the venue was hit by storms in Florida final week, with the air-supported dome part collapsing. Officers mentioned an influence outage precipitated the deflation of the construction and the damage was too extreme for TGL to start firstly of the yr as deliberate.
Woods and McIlroy had partnered with the PGA and have been ready to recruit a forged of 24 gamers, together with a number of of the game’s highest-profile stars, to compete within the team-based format.
TGL officers mentioned nobody was injured within the damage to the venue and the expertise, which helps the golf simulators used within the competitors, was not impacted.
McIlroy mentioned the postponement introduced “combined emotions of disappointment and pleasure”.
“Above all, we’re blissful that nobody was injured,” McIlroy mentioned. “We’re trying ahead to the launch of TGL. Given the circumstances, whereas the delay is disappointing, the postponement will permit us to regroup, refocus and return stronger.”
A press release from TGL added: “Following discussions with key companions, together with gamers, our six crew possession teams, PGA TOUR management and our business companions, SoFi, ESPN and Palm Seaside State Faculty, the choice has been made to postpone the beginning of the TGL season till early 2025.
“This resolution got here after reviewing short-term options, potential building timelines, participant schedules, and the primetime sports activities tv calendar. Regardless of this new timeline for the venue, we stay enthusiastic about the way forward for TGL and will proceed to construct pleasure between now and the beginning of the season with our gamers, followers and groups.
“We have now begun to replace plans and timelines and are assured that the extension will solely enhance our supply.”