TGL, the virtual golf league launched by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, was scheduled to debut in one month in Palm Beach Gardens.
But just more than three weeks ago the venue’s roof collapsed causing the league to push back its inaugural season one year. While the delay is unfortunate, some of those who have joined the venture believe it could be beneficial.
“We are all coming into it pretty hot,” said Justin Rose, the London resident who joined TGL in February. “I know the concept’s been around a year or so, the build-out and the tech, but I’m sure there was always going to be things to work out. And as players, we were going to come into it literally seeing it for the first time.”
Said Jupiter’s Rickie Fowler: “It was already in a rushed state so I think it’s only going to benefit it to start in ’25.”
The venue is on the campus of Palm Beach State College. A power outage the night of Nov. 14 caused the arena’s dome to collapse and the remainder of the air-supported structure was deflated. There were no injuries and no damage to any technology at the 250,000-square-foot dome.
But TGL was on a tight timeline to get started, mainly because of the window provided by ESPN to televise the events. Less than a week after the collapse, TGL released a statement saying the decision was made to push back the start one year after discussions with players, the six team ownership groups, PGA Tour leadership and TGL’s commercial partners.
TGL is owned by TMRW Sports Group.
“Like anything in life, more time you have the better you have of getting things right and getting things done correctly,” said Billy Horschel, who signed up in February. “We were all excited to get started this year but we were going to be missing some things. We were all rushing to get it going.
“Yes, it sucks we have to wait a year. But I think it allow us to get everything under control a little bit better, better understanding about how things are going to work. It give us a year to continue to market and talk about what TGL’s about, how it’s going to work.”