Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s Golf League Suffers Setback as Venue Dome Collapses
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s highly anticipated golf league, which has garnered significant attention and investment since its announcement last year, has encountered a major setback.
A power failure at the expansive South Florida venue, spanning nearly 250,000 square feet, and scheduled to host matches for the Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Golf League (TGL) starting in January, resulted in the collapse of its air-supported dome this week, according to league officials. Fortunately, no workers or employees were injured during the incident. TGL reassured that all the advanced technology, including a towering 64-foot-high simulator, required for the virtual aspects of the competition, remains intact.
The extent of the damage is currently being assessed, and it is uncertain whether this unfortunate incident will cause a delay in TGL’s planned start date of January 9. TGL has clarified that weather conditions did not contribute to the dome collapse, indicating that once the necessary repairs are completed, the venue, known as the SoFi Center, will not be susceptible to similar issues despite the thunderstorm-prone climate of South Florida.
This setback marks the second recent stumble for TGL. Earlier, Jon Rahm, the world’s third-ranked golfer, decided to withdraw from participating in the league’s inaugural season.
Nevertheless, TGL has enjoyed a remarkable surge in momentum, recently finalizing a star-studded lineup of team owners that includes influential figures from various major professional sports leagues.
TGL has also secured a media rights deal with ESPN and formed partnerships with prominent entities like Fanatics.