Serena and Venus Williams Switch Gears from Tennis to Golf with LAGC Franchise
In a shocking revelation this week, the famous tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams are now turning their focus towards golf. The Los Angeles Golf Club (LAGC) has announced them as the first franchise of TGL; an innovative tech-infused stadium golf competition set to launch in January 2024.
First Franchise for TGL Competition Formed by Two Sisters and Co-Founder of Reddit
The ownership group of LAGC will be formed by Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, along with the two sisters themselves. This marks Ohanian’s second Los Angeles sports franchise after he became principal owner and founding investor of National Women’s Soccer League franchise Angel City FC.
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TGL is a competition formed in partnership with PGA Tour that comprises six franchises set to compete against each other. On Twitter, Ohanian announced that his daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., who is just five years old would also be joining him as a co-owner in LAGC. Olympia is already part-owner for Angel City FC which makes her “the youngest owner in professional sports” according to her father.
New Concept Aiming at Attracting Younger Audiences through High-Tech Virtual Course Play
The concept behind TGL aims at luring younger audiences towards golf by making it more appealing through high-tech advancements introduced in virtual course play. To make it unique, every shot will be played within a two-hour window on the hybrid virtual course. The competition will follow a 15-game seasonal format, which then leads to semifinals and a championship match that will be televised in primetime slot on Monday nights.
PGA Tour Players Signed Up for TGL
The competition has already confirmed twelve PGA Tour players including Woods, McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and Collin Morikawa. According to TGL CEO Mike McCarley’s statement, “We all know what it’s like to be in a football stadium or basketball arena where you can watch every play unfold right in front of you…It’s something that inherently isn’t possible in traditional golf – and an aspect of TGL that will set it apart and appeal to new generation fans.”
Saudi-Backed Breakaway LIV Golf Unites with PGA Tour under New Company
In other news from the golf world this week; Tuesday saw the unification between Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf and PGA Tour. The two warring tours have announced their merger with DP World Tour under a new unnamed for-profit company. All pending litigation was mutually ended under the agreement.