Liverpool owners FSG buy team in new golf league backed by Tiger Woods
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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have purchased a team in a new golf league backed by Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
FSG, who are run by John W Henry and Tom Werner, bought Liverpool back in 2010 for £300million, while they have stakes in Major League Baseball side Boston Red Sox as well as the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
Their new golf outfit will represent Boston and the New England region in the newly formed TGL - which has been presented as a “high-tech, high-energy fan experience” built around data and short-game golf.
FSG have become the second group to purchase a TGL team. Indeed, tennis icon Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian - the co-founder of the social media website Reddit - purchased a team based in Los Angeles alongside Serena’s sister, Venus Williams.
In a statement via the PGA Tour website Henry and Werner said: “We are excited for this new journey as one of the six inaugural TGL teams in honour of a city whose love and passion for sports is unparalleled.
“Through this new, tech-focused version of the game, New England sports fans will soon have a team of world-class PGA TOUR players to cheer for and redefine for this community what it means to play the game in the modern era.”
What is the PGL?
The PGL is owned by TMRW Sports and is set to launch in January 2024 in partnership with the PGA Tour.
The concept will see golfers compete in a purpose-built arena with the use of technology and simulators, in the hope of creating a new golfing product that engages a new audience with the sport.
Golf's world No.3 McIlroy and 18-time major champion Tiger Woods are leading the project, while it had received investment from numerous celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Lewis Hamilton, Gareth Bale, Lewis Hamilton and Shaquille O’Neal.
Several of the world’s most high-profile golfers, including John Rahm, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Rickie Fowler have agreed to compete in the league.
The new venture is not expected to be affected by the recent partnership between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.