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 world No 1 step up bid to rival the 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.
Back in August Woods and McIlroy, along with co-founder Mike McCarley, announced the formation of TMRW Sports, a sports entertainment company which is launching the TGL league to rival Saudi’s controversial breakaway tour LIV Golf.
The new venture was revealed by McIlroy and McCarley at a press conference in August, with the pair describing it as a ‘tech-infused league’ to be played at a brand-new, custom-built stadium.
Six teams of three PGA players will take part in competitions on a virtual golf course over the course of 15 Monday nights, each playing five matches and one fixture per week as part of a head-to-head league format.
Collin Morikawa and Adam Scott have joined Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s TGL golf league
Woods (R) and McIlroy (L) are expected to launch TGL, which has been described as a ‘tech-infused league’, in January 2024 as a direct rival to Saudi’s LIV Golf series
It has been marketed as a ‘Monday night golf’ and is expected to get underway in January 2024.
As well as Woods and McIlroy, America’s Justin Thomas and Spain’s John Rahm have also been added to TGL’s roster of players, and now the quartet are being joined by Morikawa and Scott.
‘During my amateur and collegiate golf career, I loved team play and the added energy it brought to my game – especially in match play,’ world No 8 Morikawa said in a statement. ‘That has only been elevated with the opportunities I have had to represent the U.S. in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, and I am looking forward to being a part of a TGL team next year as well.
‘Beyond that, I think the design of TGL to provide sports fans the world’s best in a weekly, primetime golf competition, from start-to-end in only two hours, will appeal to a broader spectrum of casual golf fans and introduce our sport to younger fans.’
Six teams of three will play competitions on a virtual golf course across 15 Monday nights
America’s Justin Thomas is another PGA Tour player to have signed up the TGL golf league
Australia’s Scott also said: ‘As professional golf continues to evolve, I am excited to play a part in its future for golfers and fans alike.
‘Therefore, I am excited to compete within TGL and look forward to sharing the stage in the new Palm Beach venue with my fellow teammates and competitors.’
Morikawa, 25, began his PGA career with 22 consecutive made cuts, second only to Woods’ streak of 25, and has gone on to win two major championships.
Scott, 42, previously reigned as world No 1 for a short spell back in 2014 and has claimed one major in his career, coming at the 2013 Masters.
Once the regular season is over, the TGL league will progress to semi-finals and then a final where a winning team will be crowned.
Woods and McIlroy have been publicly critical of LIV Golf, which is fronted by Greg Norman
The desire is for the arena to have a boisterous atmosphere, with plenty of noise expected from fans.
Each match will only last two hours and 18 holes in a fast-paced format, designed to increase participation and interest in the sport.
Woods and McIlroy have been the highest-profile critics of Saudi’s breakaway LIV Tour, which is funded by the country’s Public Investment Fund and fronted by former world No 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.