Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are spearheading a new venture that will have the world’s best golfers competing against each other in a non-green grass, stadium environment, golf week Learned. Multiple sources say that a series of events will be held in partnership with the PGA Tour and that more details could be announced by commissioner Jay Monahan this week at the Tour Championship.
The one-day events are designed to complement the PGA Tour schedule and will launch in 2024, according to several sources familiar with the concept. Early thinking suggests the clashes – which will be advanced in technology and staged with a live audience – could take place from January to March, with a finale held later. Discussions about streaming partners and games are ongoing. An NBC Sports source says the network has the option of being the media partner in the venture.
Details about the plan were shared with Tour members who attended the players-only meeting held on August 16 during the BMW Championship, for which Woods made a special trip from his home in Florida. It was presented as a long-term opportunity for players to build equity in the venture, which will feature private funding, in addition to corporate partnerships and sponsors. The proposal was positively received among players in the room, according to a source familiar with the conversation.
Woods and McIlroy began working on the project more than two years ago, a collaboration that friends say has brought them closer. This ended up spurring the two superstars to team up to rally other players behind the PGA Tour in the face of the threat posed by LIV Golf. They are among the most outspoken critics of the Saudi-funded league.
Woods and McIlroy hosted an informal meeting of players to discuss the LIV Golf fight during last month’s JP McManus Pro-Am in Adare Manor, Ireland. At the follow-up meeting held in Wilmington last week, more concrete plans on how to improve and innovate the Tour product were presented to a larger group of players. Twenty-two of the game’s biggest stars were in the room. Some of these proposals – including schedule changes that would ensure the best players competed against each other more often – are now on Monahan’s table. The new digital project led by Woods and McIlroy has already gained the commissioner’s support, multiple sources said. golf week.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods during the four-hole R&A Celebration of Champions challenge at the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St. Andrews Old Course. (Photo by Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports)
While project details have remained a closely guarded secret, more information is expected to be released in the coming days on the Tour Championship, including details on the format, potential entrants, the experimental elements and the planned location of the events.
A spokesperson for the PGA Tour declined to comment on any matters Monahan might raise at his press conference, scheduled for Tuesday at the East Lake Golf Club.
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