- Tiger Woods highlights the silver lining in TGL’s postponement to 2025, emphasizing the opportunity to refine the league.
- Despite the setback caused by the deflation of the SoFi Center dome, Woods remains confident in TGL’s future.
- Woods, co-founder of the TGL with Rory McIlroy, focuses on the benefits of the delay for the league’s inaugural season.
Tiger Woods, a central figure in the startup golf league TGL, maintains a positive attitude despite the league’s inaugural season being pushed back a full year to early 2025. Addressing the situation during his pre-tournament press conference at the Hero World Challenge, Woods shed light on the unexpected delay and its potential silver lining.
The postponement came in the wake of an incident on November 14, when the SoFi Center’s inflatable dome in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, part of TGL’s host arena, partially deflated. Fortunately, there were no injuries, and the technology mostly remained intact. However, this incident led to a reassessment of the league’s launch, originally planned for January 9, 2024.
TGL’s decision to delay was influenced by factors including construction timelines, player schedules, and the primetime sports television calendar. Despite this setback, Woods remains optimistic. He believes that this additional time can be used to perfect the league’s structure and execution. With his statement following the dome incident, Woods reaffirmed his belief in the league’s concept and his confidence in the adjustments needed due to the revised timeline.
Woods, who co-founded the league with fellow golfer Rory McIlroy, underscored the experience and expertise of the many partners involved in TGL. He emphasized their track record of success and the value they bring to the league. His focus remains on harnessing this collective experience to ensure the league’s success when it finally debuts in 2025.
Aside from his involvement in TGL, Woods has been away from competitive golf since the 2023 Masters Tournament. He is set to return to the sport at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, with the 2023-24 PGA Tour campaign starting on January 4 in Hawaii. Woods’ positive outlook and strategic focus on the TGL reflect his commitment to the league’s success and his role in shaping the future of golf.