Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy launch new golf tournament held in purpose-built arenas – CNN

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy launch new golf tournament held in purpose-built arenas - CNN

The TGL was formed in partnership with the PGA Tour and aims to attract a younger audience to golf through technology and purpose-built arenas.

Contests will feature six teams of three PGA Tour players and will be televised live in a prime-time slot on Monday nights.

The high-tech concept will see players hit shots on a virtual screen before moving to a “state-of-the-art short game complex” in the center of the stadium, according to a press release.

Each shot will be played within a two-hour window to make golf more engaging for spectators who will be greenside to watch the action unfold. The inaugural season will feature a 15-game schedule followed by playoffs and a championship game.

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

TGL competitions will be held in purpose-built arenas with a virtual course.

“It’s something that basically isn’t possible in traditional golf – and an aspect of TGL that will set it apart and appeal to a new generation of fans.”

TGL is the brainchild of TMRW Sports, a company founded by Woods, McIlroy and sports executive Mike McCarley. It aims to harness technology to “present progressive approaches to sports, media and technology,” according to an announcement on Twitter.
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“TGL will capture the appeal of team golf within an exciting, friendly environment, comparable to sitting at an NBA game,” said world No. 4 McIlroy.

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

The launch comes with the PGA Tour announcing some changes to its schedule and format amid the launch of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf series earlier this year.

On Wednesday, the Tour outlined plans to elevate four additional events for the 2023 FedEx Cup season, with the Tour’s top 20 players committed to competing in all 12 of the elevated events.

There is also a promise of increased prize money, with a purse of at least $20 million available at each of those 12 events.

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“Every single member of the PGA Tour will benefit from the changes we are making,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.

“The Tour will continue to grow by having the best players in the world committed to it, by us continuing to lean and invest in our ethos, which is the best competitive platform.”

Monahan added that players who joined the LIV Golf series would not be allowed to return to the PGA Tour due to the changes made before next season.

The launch of the controversial LIV Golf seriesbacked by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and led by former world No. 1 Greg Norman, has attracted some of golf’s biggest names, including major winners Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia.

The PIF has pledged to award $250 million in total prize money to the series. Each of the first seven events has a total prize purse of $25 million, with $20 million split between individual players and the remaining $5 million split between the top three teams at the end of each week.

CNN’s Matt Foster and Jill Martin contributed reporting.

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