TGL start date in doubt after partial SoFi dome collapse

Mark McGowan

The 250,000 square-foot arena where the TGL will be held

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Photos emerged on social media yesterday evening which appear to show a partial collapse of the air-supported dome of the SoFi centre where the Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy founded TGL was slated to debut on January 09.

With Jon Rahm’s recent decision to back out having previously committed to joining the 24-player league that will see six four-man teams compete in a made-for-tv format that will use simulators and top-of-the-range technology, this is a further set back for the league and it remains to be seen whether it will affect the start date.

In a statement, TGL said, “An overnight failure to the temporary power system used during the construction phase caused deflation and damage to the air-supported dome section of the site. At this time, while we assess the damage, it is too early to determine the impact on our timelines. There were no injuries, and no technology was impacted. Other work on site is continuing.”

Both McIlroy and Woods are part of a star-studded lineup that also includes Shane Lowry, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

The arena will reportedly hold 2,000 spectators, featuring a 64×46 foot screen and a mechanical putting surface that will be altered to reflect the green contours for specific putts based on where players hit their shots to.

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