Tiger Woods is merging technology and sports with a new venture.
AP News reports that the sports legend has joined fellow professional golfer Rory McIlroy for TMRW Sports, which aims “to build technology-focused projects with a progressive approach to sports, entertainment and media.” Within the media venture, it will feature “TGL” — a tech-infused golf league.
“As a big sports fan myself, I’m excited about blending golf with technology and team elements common in other sports,” Tiger Woods said in a statement, according to the outlet. “We all know what it’s like to be in a football stadium or a basketball arena where you can watch every play, every minute of action unfold right in front of you. It’s something that inherently isn’t possible in traditional golf.”
The outlet details that the league will include 18 players, who will compete in a series of 18-hole matches. For two hours, fans can expect to watch three-man team competitions in a stadium.
“Our custom-built arena, featuring a virtual course complete with a tech-infused short-game complex,” TGL described via Twitter during its unveiling.
👀 our custom-built arena, featuring a virtual course complete with a tech-infused short-game complex. pic.twitter.com/iPYxwz7eOK
— TGL (@TGL) August 24, 2022
Details on the league’s scheduling and players are pending, but Woods is set to play. As he continues to heal from leg injuries due to a car crash back in February 2021, TGL is where he’ll get to be in his element.
“We don’t know what his schedule is going to be. We don’t know how his body is going to be,” McIlroy said. “But to be able to see him still showcase his skills on prime time on TV without really any wear and tear on his body, to be able to see Tiger hit golf shots and still sort of provide people with a glimpse of his genius, I think it is a really good use of his time.”
Kicking off in January 2024, the league will host 15 regular-season matches on Monday nights — then, followed up by semifinals and finals.