- Bad weather in South Florida caused the soft-roof structure to fall
- Cracks in the canvas that makes up the roof are likely to cause further delays
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The launch of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy’s simulator golf competition could be postponed after an overnight power outage caused deflation and damage to the air-supported dome portion of the Florida-based venue, TGL said Wednesday.
There were no injuries and no technology was affected at the Palm Beach Gardens arena, where 24 PGA Tour players competed in match play using a simulator screen and customizable putting surface, beginning Jan. 9 in primetime.
“At this time, as we assess the damage, it is too early to determine the impact on our timelines,” TGL said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Built on the campus of Palm Beach State College, the SoFi Center is a 250,000-square-foot venue with a 70-foot-tall summit that can accommodate approximately 1,600 people on game nights during TGL’s inaugural season.
The track at the site will be infused with various technologies and will cover an area approximately the size of an American football field.
Heavy winds and rain blew down in South Florida, causing a crack in the roof of the TGL location
The soft-roofed building was at Palm Beach State College when it was built
But bad weather caused the building to collapse, forcing everyone to start over
Announced in August 2022, the TGL is a made-for-TV golf competition from Woods and McIlroy’s TMRW Sports company and both golfers have committed to competing in the competition.
TGL will feature six four-player teams of PGA Tour players including Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Collin Morikawa, Wyndham Clark, Matt Fitzpatrick, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele.
The six teams are based in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Jupiter, Florida.
So far, only a few members of each team have been revealed: the full rosters for Atlanta and Boston have already been announced.