Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

Collin Morikawa is the newest high-profile participant to affix the brand new TGL workforce golf league, which subsequent January intends to debut a prime-time occasion that can work in partnership with the PGA Tour and fuses superior tech with stay motion.

It’s a bit unclear what this may really appear like, however the TGL (The Golf League?) has Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as anchors and can play a 15-match common season adopted by semifinals and a championship match in two-hour TV home windows on Monday nights.

Every of six groups will encompass three gamers, so presumably each workforce will play every of the opposite 5. They’ll play on what the TFL describes as “a data-rich digital course” in a custom-built enviornment.

As a result of matches are performed on Monday nights, they won’t compete with the same old Thursday-through-Sunday PGA occasions.

Morikawa, the 25-year-old Cal grad, was introduced together with Australian Adam Scott as the newest gamers to affix the TGL. Apart from Woods and McIlroy, others dedicated to this point are Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.

A two-time main champion, Morikawa stated he’s intrigued by the chance to play in one other workforce occasion.

“Throughout my newbie and collegiate golf profession, I beloved workforce play and the added vitality it delivered to my recreation – particularly in match play,” he stated within the TGL’s information launch on Monday. “That has solely been elevated with the alternatives I’ve needed to characterize the U.S. within the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, and I’m wanting ahead to being part of a TGL workforce subsequent yr as nicely.

“Past that, I feel the design of TGL to supply sports activities followers the world’s finest in a weekly, primetime golf competitors, from start-to-end in solely two hours, will attraction to a broader spectrum of informal golf followers and introduce our sport to youthful followers.”

TMRW Sports activities co-founders Woods, McIlroy and founder and CEO Mike McCarley unveiled plans for TGL final August, promising “a high-tech, high-energy fan expertise with followers sitting greenside.”

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McCarley stated TGL welcomes Morikawa and Scott to the sphere of expertise that can take part.

“As we fill out the TGL roster, the additions of champions like Collin Morikawa and Adam Scott continues to gas our momentum in the direction of the launch of TGL,” he stated. “The caliber of gamers Morikawa and Scott characterize is indicative of the standard of competitors we’re striving to create inside TGL. They each embrace what TGL can present for followers, a short-form, elite competitors in primetime the place world-class gamers sq. off in workforce match play.”

Woods, in unveiling plans to TGL final summer time, stated he believes it might probably entice new followers by providing a particular new twist to the game.

“TGL is the following evolution inside skilled golf, and I’m dedicated to serving to lead it into the longer term. Embracing know-how to create this distinctive setting offers us the flexibility to maneuver our sport into primetime on a constant foundation alongside so a lot of sports activities’ greatest occasions,” he stated.

“As a giant sports activities fan myself, I’m enthusiastic about mixing golf with know-how and workforce parts frequent in different sports activities. Everyone knows what it’s wish to be in a soccer stadium or a basketball enviornment the place you possibly can watch each play, each minute of motion unfold proper in entrance of you.

“It’s one thing that inherently isn’t attainable in conventional golf — and a facet of TGL that can set it aside and attraction to a brand new technology of followers.”

Morikawa, who turned professional out of Cal in 2019, has gained 5 occasions on the PGA tour, together with the 2020 PGA Championship, and likewise 2021 British Open.

He’s No. 8 within the present world rankings and now has profession earnings exceeding $20 million.

Cowl photograph of Collin Morikawa by Kyle Terada, USA At this time

Observe Jeff Faraudo of Cal Sports activities Report on Twitter: @jefffaraudo

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