A group of high-profile investors including NBA star Stephen Curry, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, women’s soccer player Alex Morgan, Los Angeles Angels All-Star Shohei Ohtani, entertainer Justin Timberlake and tennis star Serena Williams are backing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s new company, das plans to launch a tech-driven golf league in 2024.
At the Tour Championship in August, Woods and McIlroy announced the formation of their company, TMRW Sports. The new league, TGL, will have players competing in six three-man teams in 15 regular season games and one playoff beginning in January 2024.
The league will feature two-hour 18-hole matches on a virtual course. The games will take place during Monday night’s prime time in a bespoke venue at a location to be determined.
The company’s investors also include NBA players Andre Iguodala, Chris Paul and Jayson Tatum, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner, Pittsburgh Penguins Star Sidney Crosby and Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.
“Over the past year, we assembled a team of investors who will help fulfill TMRW Sports’ mission to positively impact the sports experience in the future,” said Mike McCarley, founder and CEO of TMRW Sports, in a statement . “And we deliberately sought diversity in expertise, thoughts and backgrounds in mobilizing this strategic group.
“From the beginning, our plan has been to partner with the best in class in every way we can, and Tiger, Rory and I appreciate the support of this unrivaled team of investors, advisors and ambassadors who believe in our vision to leverage technology to.” to create progressive approaches to sport.”
Other investors include Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox, and Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren.
Renderings released by TGL in August indicate the venues will feature a simulator that players will hit longer shots in, along with an authentic green area for chipping and putting.
Games are expected to be played between January and April and each of the six teams will make five appearances over the 15-week schedule.
McIlroy said Woods, 46, plans to attend the games. Woods only competed in three tournaments last season while recovering from serious injuries sustained in a car accident outside of Los Angeles in February 2021.
“Who knows where we’ll see Tiger Woods play golf next, right?” said McIlroy. “We don’t know what his schedule will be. We don’t know what his body will be like. But to see him show off his skills in prime time on TV with no real wear and tear on his body, I think to be able to see Tiger swing golf and still give people a glimpse of his genius – I think it’s a really good one use of his time.”
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34931688/high-profile-investors-back-tiger-woods-rory-mcilroy-tech-infused-golf-league High-profile investors back Tiger Woods’ and Rory McIlroy’s tech-infused golf venture