TGL, a new tech-inspired golf league, that has been launched by TMRW Sports in partnership with the PGA Tour has been delayed by a year

We had been drip-fed regular updates on TGL, teams had been set, with investors and players ready to launch the new tech-fuelled league in January 2024. However after the stadium collapse earlier this month, the entire organisation took a hit, and turning it around in the required time seemed like a mammoth ask.

Coupled with the logistics involved in getting all required parties to Florida in the first week of the new year, it seems a wise decision to step back and re-evaluate.

A year long delay

TGL released a statement explaining the stadium collapse and the subsequent one year delay.

"Overnight on Tuesday, November 14, a failure of the temporary power system and backup systems used during construction caused the dome to deflate, which caused damage to the air-supported dome section of the site.

"There were no injuries, and most of the technology was not impacted. Following discussions with key partners, including players, our six team ownership groups, PGA TOUR leadership and our commercial partners, SoFi, ESPN and Palm Beach State College, the decision has been made to postpone the start of the TGL season until early 2025”

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods released similar statements, echoing their excitement for the league to commence in early 2025. We had just got a grasp of the rules, format and teams, but there was still a lot to discover regarding the new league.

Jon Rahm speculation

In the run-up to the SoFi stadium collapse, it was reported that Jon Rahm had pulled out of the league, He cited a lack of ability to commit to the demands required of the league, which ran right up until the Masters 2024.

He remained diplomatic regarding the LIV and PGA feud since 2022, and now rumours are swirling regarding his potential multi nine-figure deal to join the LIV Tour. All golf fans are aware of Rahm’s desire to become one of the all-time greats of the game, and with the upcoming merger, he may receive no real repercussions for joining the league. The best time to join would be now, with the merger on the cards and having a lot of bargaining power with each side, being one of the most valuable and influential players in the world. LIV could offer Rahm eye-watering sums up to $600 million according to various sources.

We are aware of his close relationship with LIV golfers Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson, and his disdain for a number of issues on the PGA Tour, such as banning LIV golfers from the Ryder Cup and keeping the players out of the loop when the merger news broke in June, quoted as feeling a sense of ‘betrayal’.

On the other hand, Rahm also scorns LIV’s lack of a cut, and would never risk his ability to play in future major championships.

I will believe the Rahm rumours when I see evidence of his move, but after he has explained many times that the extra money would not really alter his life much, it seems he would rather rack up professional wins from his current vantage point. I personally think multiple media outlets have used the recent news of the stadium collapse to represent the apparent crumbling of the PGA Tour.

Jay Monahan is in a precarious position, but the PGA Tour is not in disarray as some would have you believe. New talent is storming onto the Tour each year, and the fight to secure the cards is as competitive as ever.

A delay may not be a bad sceanrio

There is a lot to analyse at this time of year, with TGL updates, the LIV schedule release – and Ludvig Aberg, Nicolai Hojgaard and Rory McIlroy all lifting trophies this past week, a great look for the players on Ryder Cup Team Europe. It is perhaps a good thing that the guys committing to TGL have another year to weigh up whether they can make that commitment to the new league, as the PGA Tour will remain ultra-competitive for the foreseeable.

And this is the main strength they have right now. LIV is still not very competitive, despite the sport’s first ever transfer window and a few relegations from various teams. The PGA must remain the most competitive place to play golf in the world, and if Jon Rahm leaves, that statement is put into question. It could be a tipping point for the future of professional golf, and would likely force the hand of the merger, with the PGA losing a huge bargaining chip.

If the SoFI stadium collapse is the catalyst for the crumbling of the PGA Tour, us writers will have a field day. However, I think the TGL delay is a smart call, and gives all parties twelve months to hash out the intricate details and even alter some of the proposed formats. Jon Rahm is currently still a PGA Tour player, and to would be a surprising move if he were to jump ship. But it’s 2023 in professional golf! Stranger things have happened….

For more information on the TGL visit tglgolf.com

Patrick Brennan

Meet Patrick Brennan

Patrick is originally from the Lake District, UK but moved to British Columbia, Canada after university. He writes for several media outlets, including Golficity, and has been doing so for over 18 months.

His main writing interests are professional golf tours, the Majors and any good underdog story!

He comes from a sporting family and, when not cycling or skiing, plays off a six handicap - trying and failing to keep the family bragging rights, often due to a streaky driver!

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