Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s new tech-inspired golf league could have its January launch date delayed after the roof on the venue collapsed this week.
A new custom-built arena is being built in Florida for the competition but the roof collapsed this week after a power outage.
The extent of the damage is still being assessed and as such, the PGA Tour and The Golf League itself has been non-committal on whether the scheduled January 9 launch date remains in place.
A statement reported by CNBC on Friday from TGL and the PGA Tour said: ‘We are still assessing the damage and determining the impact on our timelines.’
At the time of the collapse on Tuesday, a TGL source was quoted by Reuters as saying: ‘At this time, while we assess the damage, it is too early to determine the impact on our timelines.’
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy ‘s new tech-inspired golf league could have a delayed launch
The roof on the custom-built venue collapsed this week ahead of a scheduled Jan. 9 launch
But any delay would be a significant blow for McIlroy and Woods, who concocted the idea as part of the response to LIV Golf’s emergence.
An array of star players on the PGA Tour have signed up to compete in the team-based format but recently, Masters champion John Rahm pulled out because he was unable to offer the required time commitments.
It sparked speculation that Rahm was going to cross over to LIV. The Spaniard said in a statement: While I still think it’s a great opportunity, right now it would require a level of commitment I can’t offer.’
Major winners such as Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Keegan Bradley and Shane Lowry are all lined up to compete in TGL.
Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Atlanta have all got franchises representing those areas while Woods himself has founded the sixth team for Jupiter, Florida.