Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s highly anticipated virtual golf competition, The Golf League (TGL), has faced a setback as its launch is delayed by a year. Originally scheduled to commence on January 9, 2024, the new competition, which has been described as a “high-tech league,” experienced a setback due to a power outage caused by the collapse of the air-supported dome roof at the SoFi Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where the league was scheduled to hold. The league would now commence in early 2025.
TGL, featuring 24 PGA Tour players, including 15 from the current world’s top 20, has now adjusted its timeline for the inaugural season. Six teams, each comprising four players, are set to compete in the TGL.
The affected SoFi Center will host each event, providing an immersive and interactive experience for both players and fans with high-tech equipment in place. The virtual competition aims to revolutionize golf entertainment, with live broadcasts in the US and players wearing microphones for an engaging viewer experience.
Despite the setback, both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy expressed confidence and commitment to bringing TGL to life. Woods, a 15-time major winner, conveyed his confidence in the concept, emphasizing that adjustments to timelines would not deter the project’s success. McIlroy shared mixed feelings of disappointment and excitement, highlighting the paramount importance of everyone’s safety.
According to a statement from the TGL officials, the decision to shift the start date “came after reviewing short-term solutions, potential construction timelines, player schedules, and the primetime sports television calendar.” They also stated that the delay would give them time to plan and deliver a proper league.
As the league works towards its new launch date in early 2025, the anticipation remains high as fans worldwide hope for an exciting league in a format that has not been experienced before.