Title: Golf Stars Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, and Keegan Bradley Unveil Boston Common Golf at Fenway Park
Subtitle: Fenway Sports Group-owned team to compete in virtual golf league TGL
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BOSTON — The Red Sox are known to be searching for star power this winter as they look to build a contending roster before Opening Day. On Monday at Fenway Park, a different type of star power was on display.
Golf stars Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, and Keegan Bradley were on hand at the ballpark as part of the unveiling of the Fenway Sports Group-owned “Boston Common Golf,” one of six teams that will compete in TGL, a virtual golf league formed by McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and sports executive Mike McCarley that will begin play in January. The league will take place not on a traditional course but instead in a custom-made stadium in Palm Beach, Florida. The competition will take place on golf simulators and with short-range holes inside a 1,600-seat venue.
“TGL presented by SoFi is a new golf league offering a fresh approach to the sport with a focus on technology, innovation, and fan engagement,” FSG said in a release. “The new league will feature the world’s top players in a two-hour, team golf competition that merges physical and virtual golf airing in primetime and beginning January 9, 2024, on ESPN. The Boston Common Golf team will play in five regular-season matches against the other TGL teams, followed by a four-team postseason, with a semi-final and finals series. SoFi Center, a custom-built venue in Palm Beach, Florida, will combine a data-rich virtual course with a state-of-the-art short game complex creating a unique experience for fans in the stands as well as those watching around the world.”
McIlroy, a four-time major champion who has dominated the golf scene since the early 2010s, is not just one of the venture’s main partners but also one of its biggest stars. On Monday, the 34-year-old native of Northern Ireland explained why partnering with FSG and a Boston-based team made sense to him.
“There’s a lot of Irish in Boston, so I feel like I’ve got a natural connection to the city in that way,” McIlroy said during a press conference at Fenway Park. “We’ve all played tournaments in and around this city, whether it be out at TPC Boston, at Brookline last year at the U.S. Open. I think Boston sports fans are some of the best in the world. Hopefully, they all get behind us and they get behind this venture.
“Whether it be the Red Sox or the Bruins or the Celtics, there’s not a ton of Bostonians that are playing on those teams either. But obviously they’re playing in this city. We have to make a really big effort to connect with the people of Boston, and we’re gonna try to do that, whether it’s coming up here to Fenway, doing that through a TV screen on Monday nights, or just showing pride with who we’re representing when we’re playing.”
Boston Common Golf, which will compete against teams representing Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco, will not be physically based in the city. All competitions will take place in Florida, though there are preliminary talks about more facilities being built around the country.
“For Bradley, the 2011 PGA Champion who grew up in various places around New England and graduated from Hopkinton High School, the decision to join a Boston-based team was a no-brainer. He was proud to get the chance to show Hatton (England), Scott (Australia), and McIlroy (Northern Ireland) around the ballpark Monday. Bradley noted that his wife’s uncle is Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk.
“If anything knows anything about me, my most proud aspect of my life is where I’m from, being from New England,” Bradley said. “I went to school 20 minutes from here. My family still lives here. I grew up, as a kid, wanting to play for the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins. That was never in the cards for me. I was better at golf than anything else. I never thought I’d have the chance to play for my home city.
“I was proud to show Tyrrell Fenway Park today. It was cool for me that this was his first time. Pretty nice your first time is walking on the field with your picture on the Jumbotron.”
Hatton was excited to pair up with Red Sox principal owner John Henry, who also owns his favorite soccer team, Liverpool FC. Henry was not on hand for the press conference but was at the ballpark Monday along with Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and team president Sam Kennedy. The players got an all-access tour of the park and had lockers set up in the home clubhouse.
“It’s my first time here,” Hatton said. “A pretty special stadium. I don’t really understand baseball, but I appreciate the feel of the stadium. Being next to Keegan and him talking about it, you apprGolf Stars Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, and Keegan Bradley Make Appearance at Fenway Park
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are on the hunt for star power this offseason as they strive to build a competitive roster before Opening Day. However, on Monday at Fenway Park, a different kind of star power was on display.
Golf sensations Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, and Keegan Bradley were present at the ballpark for the unveiling of “Boston Common Golf,” one of the six teams owned by the Fenway Sports Group (FSG). This team will compete in the newly formed virtual golf league called TGL (The Golf League), created by McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and sports executive Mike McCarley. The league is set to commence play in January and will take place in a custom-made stadium in Palm Beach, Florida, rather than on a traditional golf course. The competition will feature golf simulators and short-range holes within a 1,600-seat venue.
In a press release, FSG stated, “TGL presented by SoFi is a new golf league offering a fresh approach to the sport with a focus on technology, innovation, and fan engagement. The league will showcase the world’s top players in a two-hour, team golf competition that combines physical and virtual golf. The matches will be aired in primetime on ESPN, starting from January 9, 2024. The Boston Common Golf team will compete in five regular season matches against other TGL teams, followed by a four-team postseason, including a semi-final and finals series. The SoFi Center, a state-of-the-art venue in Palm Beach, Florida, will feature a data-rich virtual course and a cutting-edge short game complex, providing a unique experience for fans in attendance and those watching worldwide.”
McIlroy, a four-time major champion and one of the venture’s main partners, expressed his reasons for partnering with FSG and a Boston-based team. “There’s a strong Irish presence in Boston, so I feel a natural connection to the city,” McIlroy said during the press conference. “We have all played tournaments in and around this city, whether it be at TPC Boston or Brookline for the U.S. Open last year. Boston sports fans are some of the best in the world. Hopefully, they will support us and this venture. We need to make a genuine effort to connect with the people of Boston, whether it’s through appearances at Fenway, on Monday nights via television, or simply by representing them with pride during our matches.”
Boston Common Golf will compete against teams representing Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco. Although the team will not be physically based in Boston, all competitions will take place in Florida. However, there are discussions about constructing additional facilities across the country.
Bradley, the 2011 PGA Champion who grew up in various parts of New England and graduated from Hopkinton High School, eagerly joined a Boston-based team. He was thrilled to introduce Hatton, Scott, and McIlroy to Fenway Park, highlighting his personal connection to the city. Bradley also mentioned that his wife’s uncle is Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk.
“If anyone knows anything about me, the aspect of my life that I am most proud of is where I come from, being from New England,” Bradley stated. “I went to school just 20 minutes from here. My family still resides here. As a kid, I aspired to play for the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and the Boston Bruins. Although that wasn’t in the cards for me, I excelled in golf. I never thought I would have the opportunity to represent my hometown.”
Hatton expressed his excitement about teaming up with Red Sox principal owner John Henry, who also owns his favorite soccer team, Liverpool FC. Although Henry was not present at the press conference, he joined the players at the ballpark, accompanied by Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and team president Sam Kennedy. The players were given an exclusive tour of the park and had lockers set up in the home clubhouse.
“This is my first time here,” Hatton said. “It’s an extraordinary stadium. I may not fully understand baseball, but I appreciate the atmosphere of the stadium. Being alongside Keegan and hearing him talk about it, you realize the significance of the special moments that have occurred here. It’s an incredible experience.”
The TGL aims to attract a broader sports audience by providing a courtside-at-a-basketball-game feel to golf. The league plans to enhance fan engagement by allowing spectators in the arena to get closer to the action. Additionally, the players will be mic’d up, creating a more interactive experience for viewers at home. The goal is to broaden the demographic and appeal of golf.
As the TGL prepares for its inaugural season, the presence of golf stars like McIlroy, Scott, Hatton, and Bradley at Fenway Park has generated excitement among Boston sports fans. The partnership between FSG and the Boston Common Golf team promises to bring a unique and innovative approach to the sport, merging physical and virtual golf in a way that has never been seen before.
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