High-profile traders again Tiger Woods’ and Rory McIlroy’s tech-infused golf enterprise

A bunch of high-profile traders, together with NBA star Stephen Curry, Method One driver Lewis Hamilton, ladies’s soccer participant Alex Morgan, Los Angeles Angels All-Star Shohei Ohtani, entertainer Justin Timberlake and tennis star Serena Williams, are backing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s new firm, which plans to launch a tech-infused golf league in 2024.

On the Tour Championship in August, Woods and McIlroy introduced the formation of their firm, TMRW Sports activities. The brand new league, TGL, can have gamers competing on six three-man groups in 15 regular-season matches and a playoff beginning in January 2024.

The league will characteristic two-hour, 18-hole matches on a digital course. The matches will happen in prime time on Monday nights in a custom-made venue in a yet-to-be-determined location.

Traders within the firm additionally embrace NBA gamers Andre Iguodala, Chris Paul and Jayson Tatum, Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.

“Over the past year we’ve assembled a team of investors who will help deliver on the TMRW Sports’ mission to positively impact how sports are experienced in the future,” TMRW Sports activities founder and CEO Mike McCarley mentioned in an announcement. “And we’ve been intentional about diversity of expertise, thought and backgrounds as we mobilized this strategic group.

“From the very starting our plan has been to companion with the best-in-class in each means conceivable and Tiger, Rory, and I worth the assist of this unequalled crew of traders, advisors, and ambassadors who consider in our imaginative and prescient to harness know-how to create progressive approaches to sports activities.”

Other investors include Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry and Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren.

Renderings released in August by TGL indicate that the venues will feature a simulator that players will hit longer shots into, along with an authentic green area for chipping and putting.

The matches will probably be played between January and April, and each of the six teams will compete five times during the 15-week schedule.

McIlroy said Woods, 46, planned to compete in the matches. Woods played in only three tournaments last season while recovering from serious injuries he suffered in a car wreck outside Los Angeles in February 2021.

“Who is aware of the place we’ll see Tiger Woods play golf subsequent, proper?” McIlroy said. “We do not know what his schedule goes to be. We do not know the way his physique goes to be. However to have the ability to see him nonetheless showcase his expertise on prime time, on TV with out actually any put on and tear on his physique, I believe to have the ability to see Tiger hit golf photographs and nonetheless form of present folks with a glimpse of his genius — I believe it’s a actually good use of his time.”