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Take 2 for Tiger/Rory's indoor golf league officially set for January 2025

March 25, 2024

The opening night for take two of TGL’s inaugural season has been set, with the new tech-infused team golf league slated for a prime-time debut Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2025 on ESPN and ESPN+. TGL also has matches scheduled on the succeeding two Tuesdays as well as the league gets underway after its planned launch two months ago was scrubbed following damage to its stadium in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Week 2 of TGL’s season on Jan. 14 will air on ESPN following the network’s broadcast of the Monday Night Football Wild Card Playoff game. Week 3 then comes after ESPN’s coverage of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Each week features 15-hole matches between two teams that include both singles and three-man competitions.

TGL, which consists of six four-man teams featuring many of the game’s top PGA Tour players, was created by TMRW Sports, founded by Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and former Golf Channel executive Mike McCarley. Rosters have yet to be finalized for all six teams. It has not yet been determined which two teams will play opening night.

“January is a tremendous time of year for fans looking for prime-time sports,” said McCarley, CEO of TMRW Sports, “and TGL’s launch will complement the start of the PGA Tour season and take advantage of ESPN’s promotional machine across their coverage of the NFL and college football playoffs.”

New design plans for SoFi Center’s steel-supported structure, the dedicated home of TGL, also have been officially unveiled. The new custom-built venue on the campus of Palm Beach State College, replaces the domed stadium that collapsed Nov. 14, 2023 when a severe storm caused a power outage, resulting in significant damage to the dome.

With a footprint of 250,000 square feet, the SoFi Center will seat 1,500 wrapping around TGL’s field of play, which is 97 yards long and 50 yards wide and is anchored by a 3,000-square-foot screen (20 times larger than a standard golf simulator screen) on which uniquely designed virtual holes will be projected. Teams will tee off from real grass tee boxes, and then as play advances inside 50 yards, players will move to a short-game complex that features changing topography and a special 41-yard-wide turntable that rotates the green and bunkers to alter pitching and chipping challenges.