Is the future called premium golf league?

07 October 2020

It is an old story, which seems to return now (again) in force. We were in the 90s, when Greg Norman pushed the idea of an innovative world circuit, reserved only for the best among the best.

It is an old story, which seems to return now (again) in force. We were in the 90s, when Greg Norman pushed the idea of an innovative world circuit, reserved only for the best among the best.

The project has not progressed. Arnold Palmer rejected it and even though he was no longer playing, the legend's lack of support was sufficient to kill the idea. The main tour decided to respond by expanding the World Golf Championship Series to four events.

But after all, it is apparent now, the idea didn't really die. In recent years it has been a topic of conversation among top players, and some, such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or Rory McIlroy have already spoken about the Premier Golf League (PGL), as it is known. Woods admitted to being polled, Mickelson says he was intrigued and McIlroy rejects the idea, but, caveat, if everyone goes he won't be left behind alone.

As far as we know, PGL wants to bring together the 48 best players for a world circuit of 18 events, each with 10 million dollars in prize money. The tournaments are all three rounds, with no cut, the first two days with shotgun starts.

In addition to a winner of the final ranking, there will also be a winning team, as the players will be grouped into 12 teams of four. The goal is for the league to start as early as 2022, but the PGA has already warned: whoever wants to go, goes, but cannot play in both. This will mean, that PGL players will be left out of the major’s.


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