March 31, 2023
Rickie Fowler joins TGL, the tech-infused golf league founded by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy

Rickie Fowler joins TGL, the tech-infused golf league founded by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy

PGA golfer Rickie Fowler will join the TGL, a new technology-infused golf league founded by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Fowler is the 12th golfer committed to the league, who will start playing in 2024.

“TGL is the next evolution in professional golf, and I am committed to helping guide it into the future,” Woods said in a statement via Golfweek. “Embracing technology to create this unique environment gives us the ability to consistently move our sport into prime time alongside many of the biggest sporting events.

Fowler has done well on the PGA Tour. He has six top-10 finishes this season, including a 13th-place finish at The Players Championship.

Here is everything you need to know about the TGL.

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Tiger Woods (left) poses for a photo with winner Rickie Fowler (right) after the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Albany, Bahamas on December 3.

What is the LGT?

The TGL is a new technology-infused golf league to be associated with the PGA Tour. The league is poised to give fans more golf throughout the calendar year. Virtual match play will provide a reimagined look at the sport.

The game is expected to start in January 2024.

The TGL is expected to field 18 PGA Tour golfers who will compete in three-man teams. Golfers will compete in a virtual match play that includes a short game complex for chipping and putting.

There will be 15 regular season games scheduled for Monday nights. There will also be a postseason game to crown a champion. The virtual matches will last two hours and will have 18 holes on primetime television.

“I have the highest respect for the game of golf, and TGL, while rooted in the traditions of the game, is taking a bold step into the increasingly technology-driven future of sports,” McIlroy said. “TGL will harness the appeal of team golf within an exciting, fan-friendly environment comparable to sitting courtside at an NBA game. TGL will broaden golf’s appeal to younger, more diverse fans and serve as another way to introduce people to the game I love.

Who plays in the TGL?

Several PGA champions have signed up for the new league along with Woods, McIlroy and Fowler. Contestants include Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Adam Scott, Xander Schauffele, Justin Rose, Max Homa, and Billy Horschel.

Six more golfers will be added in the coming weeks. Each golfer will form six three-man teams for the virtual game.

What is the TGL format?

In addition to the 15 regular season games, there will also be postseason games that include a semifinal and a final to determine a champion. The virtual match game is designed for 18 holes and also includes a short game complex.

According to ESPN, the TGL has begun creating an arena on the Palm Beach State College campus in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Will the TGL be televised?

TGL is expected to air on Monday nights in prime time. Fans will be able to catch all the action when the league begins its inaugural season.

“As soon as I heard about TGL, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it,” Rahm said. “As an avid user of the latest technology in golf with launch monitors, simulators and virtual greens and my personal passion for games, I immediately recognized the potential of TGL to introduce golf to a broader global audience, especially younger fans. I am proud to announce my commitment to compete and help shape the future of golf for the next generation.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: TGL adds Rickie Fowler to golf league Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy

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