Woods and McIlroy will play in the Monday Night Virtual Golf League


Aug 24 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have agreed to participate in a “tech-infused golf league” on Monday night featuring six three-player PGA Tour teams competing at a custom-built venue from January 2024, TMRW Sports announced on Wednesday.

The league, which will be run in partnership with the PGA Tour, has been touted as a one-of-a-kind golf experience, as each two-hour event will take place on “a data-rich virtual course with technology-infused, complex short game.

TGL’s announcement comes a day after Woods and McIlroy, two of the game’s biggest stars, announced the launch of TMRW Sports as a company that will aim to use technology as a way to cultivate a younger golfing audience. .

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Organizers promise a high-energy greenside fan experience for the short version of golf in a coliseum environment with every shot broadcast live on prime-time television.

“We all know what it’s like to be in a football stadium or a basketball arena where you can watch every game, every minute of action unfold right in front of you,” Woods said, 15 times major champion, in a press release. .

“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.”

No other players have yet been announced as participants in the inaugural season, which will consist of a 15-game regular season followed by semi-finals and finals.

“TGL will leverage the allure of team golf in an exciting, fan-friendly environment comparable to sitting on the court at an NBA game,” said McIlroy, a four-time major winner. and world number four.

“TGL will broaden the appeal of golf to younger, more diverse fans and serve as another avenue to introduce people to the game I love.”

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Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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