Golf stars Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are reportedly spearheading a new PGA Tour-backed venture that could see the sport’s biggest names compete in a stadium tournament series.
A Golfweek story claims plans were presented to Tour members who attended a players’ meeting held earlier this month.
It is said Woods and McIlroy have been involved in the plan for more than two years and the inaugural series could be played as soon as 2024. Discussions are already underway with broadcast and gaming partners.
Golfweek claims a series of one-day events held at non-green grass venues would complement the PGA Tour schedule from early 2024. The events would be “technology-forward and staged with a live audience”, with the two-month series to conclude with a final.
More specifics could be announced by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan at a media briefing this week, with the body keen to counter the rise of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf competition.
Golfweek added: “It was presented as a long-term opportunity for players to build equity in the enterprise, which will have private funding in addition to corporate partnerships and sponsors. The proposal was received positively among players in the room, according to a source familiar with the conversation.
“While specifics on the project have remained a closely-guarded secret, more information is expected to be made public in the coming days at the Tour Championship, including details on the format, potential participants, the experiential elements and the planned location of the events.”