Two of golf’s most iconic figures Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have announced the Palm Beach State College as the venue for its TGL tech-focused tournament to take stage early 2024.
The two TMRW Sports Co-Founders have been working on the TGL competition to bring golf and technology together to enhance the overall experience of the sport. Several one-day gold events will be hosted at the ten-acre Florida course.
Along with Woods and McIlroy, nine PGA Tour golfers will also take part in the TGL tournament, which includes Matt Fitzpatrick, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Adam Scott, and Justin Thomas.
Mike McCarley, TMRW Sports CEO and Co-Founder, said: “This is a momentous day, this land will transform into a unique intersection of sports technology and ultimately, culture.”
The TGL tournament will feature teams of three going up against each other in a format similar to the Ryder Cup. TMRW Sport will tap into technology to create an innovative experience in a shorter format, to help garner attraction and wider support for the overall growth of golf.
Data will be a driving force for the competition as it will create virtual course maps and introduce a short game format for putting and chipping, with fans also being able to hear the participating golfers as they will be using live microphones whilst competing to feel even closer to the action.
“We want that sustainability and the introduction to the game of golf. Having an arena like this, which we have never done before, coming to an experience like this it’s less intimidating and also one we can bring to generations so they can all enjoy it together,” said Woods.
“We’re going to have excitement, we’re going to have something different and also a great time.”
The TGL tournament is in a way a response to the growing support of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, which has already seen several high-profile golfers such as Phil Mickleson and Ian Poulter sign up for huge sums of money.
Woods and McIlroy have opposed LIV Golf and are helping to create a new format in partnership with the PGA Association to help drive tech adoption to the sport.