TGL virtual golf league delayed until 2025 due to dome damage - ESPN
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will wait until 2025 to launch their tech-infused TGL competition because of damage to the Florida arena that was going to take too long to repair and create scheduling problems for television and players.
The six-team league was supposed to debut on Jan. 9 on ESPN and finish the season before the Masters in April. Ownership of the six teams had been announced and players were filling rosters. And then the league suddenly had no place to play because of a power failure last week.
The Nov. 14 failure of a temporary power system and backup systems used for construction of the SoFi Center in Palm Beach Gardens caused the dome to deflate, which damaged the air-supported dome section of the arena.
No one was injured, and most of the technology was not affected.
«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 said.
The concept of TMRW Sports, co-founded by Woods and McIlroy, is team match play in a 250,000-square-foot arena at Palm Beach State College. The longer shots are hit into a screen 20 times larger than a standard simulator, and actual shots from 50 yards or closer are played to a high-tech green complex that rotates on a turntable to create different shots.
Full shots are played off real grass or sand, depending on the shot.
Instead of racing to make repairs to start the league next year and likely play a partial schedule, key partners — from TMRW Sports to ESPN to commercial sponsors to the 23 players and six ownership groups — felt it best to postpone the debut by one year and get it right.
Woods is part-owner and player for Jupiter Links. McIlroy is