Collin Morikawa and Adam Scott become the latest PGA Tour stars to join Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s TGL league – where teams will compete on a virtual course in a tech-infused arena – as the golf icon and No. 1 in the world step up their offer to compete with LIV tour
PGA Tour stars Collin Morikawa and Adam Scott have become the latest players to sign up for Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s new tech-infused TGL golf league.
In August, Woods and McIlroy, along with co-founder Mike McCarley, announced the formation of TMRW Sports, a sports entertainment company that is launching the TGL league to compete with the controversial Saudi Arabian LIV Golf tour.
The new venture was revealed by McIlroy and McCarley at a press conference in August, with the duo describing it as a “tech-soaked league” to be played in a brand new, custom-built stadium.
Six three-player PGA teams will compete on a virtual golf course over 15 Monday nights, each playing five games and one game per week in a one-on-one league format.
Collin Morikawa and Adam Scott joined Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s TGL Golf League
Woods (R) and McIlroy (L) are set to launch TGL, which has been described as a “tech-soaked league,” in January 2024 as a direct rival to Saudi series LIV Golf.
It was marketed as a “Monday Night Golf” and is scheduled to start in January 2024.
In addition to Woods and McIlroy, American Justin Thomas and Spaniard John Rahm have also been added to TGL’s roster, and now the foursome are joined by Morikawa and Scott.
“During my amateur and collegiate golf career, I loved team play and the extra energy it brought to my game, especially in match play,” world number 8 Morikawa said in a statement. . “It has only increased with the opportunities I have had to represent the United States at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, and I look forward to being part of a TGL team next year. also.”
“Beyond that, I think TGL’s design to bring sports fans the best the world has to offer in a weekly prime-time golf competition, start to finish in just two hours, will appeal to a wider range of casual golf enthusiasts and will introduce our sport to younger fans.
Six teams of three will play competitions on a virtual golf course for 15 Monday nights
American Justin Thomas is another PGA Tour player to sign for the TGL golf league
Spaniard Jon Rahm has also been confirmed as one of the players on TGL’s ever-growing roster
Australian Scott also said: “As professional golf continues to evolve, I am delighted to play a part in shaping its future for golfers and fans alike.”
“Therefore, I am thrilled to compete within TGL and look forward to sharing the stage at the new Palm Beach venue with my teammates and competitors.”
Morikawa, 25, began his PGA career with 22 straight cups, second only to Woods’ streak of 25, and won two major championships.
Scott, 42, previously reigned as world No. 1 for a short spell in 2014 and won a major in his career, coming to the 2013 Masters.
Once the regular season is over, the TGL league will move on to the semi-finals and then the finals where a winning team will be crowned.
Woods and McIlroy publicly criticized LIV Golf, run by Greg Norman
The desire is for the arena to have a loud atmosphere, with lots of noise expected from the fans.
Each match will last just two hours and 18 holes in a fast-paced format designed to increase participation and interest in the sport.
Woods and McIlroy were the most prominent critics of the Saudi breakaway LIV Tour, which is funded by the country’s Public Investment Fund and led by former world number 1 Greg Norman.
A number of top players have left the PGA Tour and defected to LIV over the past year, including Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson.