Tiger and Rory's golf league receives cash injection from billionaire

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's new golf league TGL has welcomed New York Mets owner Steve Cohen as the latest financier to purchase a team franchise.

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Fri, 8 Sep 2023
Tiger and Rory's golf league receives cash injection from billionaire

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's golf league TGL has bagged another huge investor. 

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen has made a deal with the golfers to purchase the New York franchise. 

TGL is a new primetime, high-tech golf league that will tee off next January. The league will operate in partnership with the PGA Tour. 

Team matches will be played from a custom-built venue on Monday evenings. 

The idea of TGL is to have six teams of three PGA Tour players competing at a 'tech-infused venue' with some sort of golf simulator.

It will be aired in front of a live studio audience and broadcast on TV.

A media deal is yet to be announced but CNBC have reported one is expected to be finalised soon. 

Cohen's investment means there are now four TGL franchises that have been purchased. 

A number of A-list celebs have already invested in TGL. They include:

  • Serena Williams
  • Stephen Curry
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Alex Morgan
  • Andy Murray 
  • Chris Paul
  • Tony Romo
  • Justin Timberlake

TGL has been in the works for quite a while but things ramped up behind the scenes as the rival LIV Golf League emerged in 2022. 

So far, a number of PGA Tour stars have committed their services. 

McIlroy and Woods were first to commit to the venture that is also in partnership with TMRW Sports. 

They were later joined by Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Max Homa, Adam Scott and Billy Horschel

The aforementioned Rahm recently claimed TGL was 'different to what I expected'. 

He added:

"I didn't realize how big it was going to be, which makes it a lot better.
"I'm looking forward to being able to start it. I don't know really what to expect with playing -- I have a simulator in my home and it's a 14-foot screen TV and you're 12 feet from the screen, and from what I hear we're going to be 35 yards from the screen and the screen is going to be 60 feet wide and 40-some feet tall.
"I can't even picture how big it's going to be. It's going to be like that wall right there and taller, and we're going quite a bit away, and we're going to be playing from 50 yards into the pin.
"It's going to be a very, very unique circumstance, but I'm really looking forward to it. It can make a really fun atmosphere.
"Besides that, I haven't really seen other -- I don't know how the ins and outs of it are going to be yet exactly. We don't know exactly how it's going to go."

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