Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are spearheading a brand new undertaking that may have the sector’s best golfers competing towards every different in a non-green grass, stadium surroundings, Golfweek has realized. A couple of resources say a chain of occasions will likely be held in partnership with the PGA Excursion and that extra specifics might be introduced by way of Commissioner Jay Monahan this week on the Excursion Championship.
The only-day occasions are designed to enrich the PGA Excursion time table and can release in 2024, consistent with a couple of resources aware of the concept that. Early considering suggests the showdowns — which will likely be technology-forward and staged with a reside target audience — may run January via March, with a finale held later. Discussions about broadcast and gaming companions are underway. A supply at NBC Sports activities says the community has an solution to be the media spouse within the undertaking.
Information about the plan had been shared with Excursion individuals who attended the players-only assembly hung on August 16 right through the BMW Championship, for which Woods made a distinct travel from his house in Florida. It used to be introduced as a long-term alternative for gamers to construct fairness within the undertaking, which may have personal investment along with company partnerships and sponsors. The proposal used to be won definitely amongst gamers within the room, consistent with a supply aware of the dialog.
Woods and McIlroy started running at the mission greater than two years in the past, a collaboration that buddies say has introduced them nearer. That in the end spurred the 2 superstars to return in combination to rally fellow gamers at the back of the PGA Excursion within the face of the risk posed by way of LIV Golfing. They’ve been a few of the maximum outspoken critics of the Saudi-funded league.
Woods and McIlroy organized an off-the-cuff assembly of gamers to talk about countering LIV Golfing right through final month’s J.P. McManus Professional-Am at Adare Manor in Eire. On the follow-up assembly held in Wilmington final week, extra concrete plans on the best way to fortify and innovate the Excursion’s product had been introduced to a bigger workforce of gamers. Twenty-two of the sport’s largest stars had been within the room. A few of the ones proposals — together with time table adjustments that may be certain that best gamers compete towards every different extra ceaselessly — at the moment are at the table of Monahan. The brand new virtual mission led by way of Woods and McIlroy has already received the commissioner’s buy-in, a couple of resources advised Golfweek.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods right through the R&A Birthday celebration of Champions four-hole problem on the one hundred and fiftieth Open Championship golfing event at St. Andrews Outdated Route. (Picture by way of Rob Schumacher/USA TODAY Sports activities)
Whilst specifics at the mission have remained a closely-guarded secret, additional information is anticipated to be made public within the coming days on the Excursion Championship, together with main points at the structure, attainable members, the experiential components and the deliberate location of the occasions.
A PGA Excursion spokesperson declined to touch upon any issues Monahan would possibly cope with in his press convention, scheduled for Tuesday at East Lake Golfing Membership.