For decades, golf was all about continuing traditions. While top players broke records and redefined the sport with their achievements, the focus of professional competition and recreational play was on heritage.
Over the past couple of years, golf has begun to change. LIV Golf created an alternative to the PGA while introducing a team format for competition and a more profitable payout structure for players. The Netflix series "Full Swing" made fans of professional golf privy to the thoughts and personal challenges of both rookie and experienced players in a way that no press conference or one-on-one interview ever has before.
Technology has also disrupted golf as we know it. The rise of golf simulators has people practicing their swings at home and getting the chance to see what it's like to tee off on some of the most famous courses in the world. Topgolf is also having a big moment. Although the chain of indoor electronic driving range entertainment complexes launched in 2000, more and more people are now aware of them, and new locations continue to open.
The recent announcement about the formation of TGL Golf from the PGA indicates that golf's evolution is far from over. But what is TGL Golf exactly? Read on to find out.
What Is the TGL Golf League?
The TGL Golf League is a new golf league that will feature team play in an arena. Legendary professional golfers Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Mike McCarley founded the league, and it boasts a star-studded roster of investors, including:
- Current and retired NBA players Andre Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Durant and Dwayne Wade
- Alex Morgan from the National Women's Soccer League
- MLB players Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout
- NFL player Josh Allen
- Entertainer Justin Timberlake
- Legendary tennis player Serena Williams
- WNBA player Diana Taurasi
- Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton
One key difference between TGL Golf and LIV Golf is that the new league isn't a competitor for the PGA. In fact, the league is being launched and operated in cooperation with the PGA Tour, and its events will take place on Monday nights following PGA tournament weekends.
What Does TGL Stand for in Golf?
It's not clear at this time exactly what TGL stands for, as no one from the league has gone on record to say so. However, the tech element of the league has many people believing that the letters may stand for something like "Tech Golf League."
How Will TGL Golf Work?
Since the league is still in the works, we don't know all the details about how game play will work, but the league has shared a few basics. Most importantly, all competition will occur in an arena that has been custom built for the league. TGL Golf has implied that tickets will be sold to golf fans who want to watch the action unfold in person. It's also highly likely that the events will be televised or at least streamed live online.
Instead of individual competitors, TGL will have a team format. There will be six teams to start with, and each team will be made up of three players from the PGA Tour. The league will launch in January 2024 with an inaugural season that includes 15 matches. There will also be playoffs and a championship tournament at the end of the season. Each regular season match will last for two hours.
What Is the Point of TGL Golf?
It may be too early to tell exactly what the purpose of TGL Golf is, but there are a few possibilities. One might be to encourage the adoption of technologies to make golf more accessible to people regardless of where they live. If indoor golf takes off, play may one day take place indoors as much as it does outdoors. Not only would this make it possible for people to play in every season, but far in the future, it could reduce the environmental impact of maintaining golf courses.
TGL Golf does seem to be more focused on entertainment rather than intense competition. As a result, it's also possible that the league will get a new generation interested in the game. It's a way for the PGA to get an update without abandoning the heritage that has always been so important in professional golf. Plus, fans will get to see players in a brand-new setting and feel closer to the sport.
Who Is Going to Participate in the TGL Golf League?
So far, the following players have confirmed that they'll be participating in the 2024 TGL Golf season:
- Adam Scott
- Billy Horschel
- Collin Morikawa
- Justin Rose
- Justin Thomas
- Matt Fitzpatrick
- Max Homa
- Rickie Fowler
- Rory McIlroy
- Tiger Woods
- Xander Schauffele
At the time of writing, there were still seven players who had not been revealed.
Golf Is Evolving and So Is Golf Style
Technology and new ways for professionals to compete and interact with fans are spurring a transformation in the sport of golf, and it's likely that in 10 years, the entire landscape of the sport will be different. As the way people play, participate in and watch golf evolves, the way we dress for the course is also changing.
Many golfers are taking a more casual and fashion-forward approach to how they dress and want apparel that lets them stand out and look stylish off the course as well as on it. Devereux is proud to be leading the way and helping to drive shifts in golf apparel and accessories. With our Peachy Capsule collection and items like our golf joggers and patterned polos, we strive to offer players new ways to dress for the sport. Shop our New Arrivals to see the latest looks.