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New Arena For TGL Simulator Golf League Damaged In Power Failure; 'Too Early to Determine' If League Will Start On Time

The idea of a televised golf simulator league was always a bit difficult to picture, but it crystallized a bit when Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy's TGL revealed plans for a specially built arena, the SoFi Center, in Palm Beach a few weeks ago. Players would hit any shots over 50 yards into a giant screen that's 64 feet wide by 46 feet high, roughly 20 times the size of the average simulator screen. Players would be hitting tee shots off real-grass teeboxes, approaches from real fairway grass and bunker shots from the sand. For inside 50 yards all shots would be played onto a short-game area, the size of a basketball court, which can shift to replicate different greens throughout the competition. It's all very high tech and super specific to this new concept. The success of the league, which is scheduled to kick off on January 9—it'll be shown live on Monday nights on ESPN's family of networks—is directly related to the arena it's going to be played in. 

Which makes Wednesday's news so concerning. Photos began surfacing on social media showing what appeared to be a collapsed roof. 

Not ideal. Not ideal in the slightest. Here's the most recent statement from the TGL folks:

"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."

It's a setback amid what's been a hectic few weeks as TGL rushes to sort out details before its launch. The league's six franchises—Los Angeles Golf Club, Boston Common Golf, Jupiter Links GC, Atlanta Drive GC and the to-be-named New York and San Francisco franchises, are beginning to roll out their four-man rosters. What we know so far:

Los Angeles Golf Club
Collin Morikawa
Sahith Theegala

Boston Common Golf
Rory McIlroy
Keegan Bradley
Adam Scott
Tyrrell Hatton

Atlanta Drive GC
Justin Thomas
Billy Horschel
Lucas Glover
Patrick Cantlay

Jupiter Links GC
Tiger Woods


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