Premier Golf League Becomes Official: Launches Website and Sends Open Letter to Golf Fans

Published 06/08/2021, 10:17 AM EDT
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The Premier Golf League is back in business and it is here to stay this time. The new breakaway league is attempting to attract the PGA Tour and European Tour’s best players and form a super league of its own. While there were reports that the new tour would never happen, the Premier Golf League solidified its ground by launching an impressive website and by penning an open letter to golf fans. 

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So what was in the letter that the Premier Golf League sent to its fans? The objectives of the new league and how it will play out, of course! The letter was penned in order to destroy the confusions that linger in fans’ minds. 

Through the letter, the PGL creators voiced out to the entire golf community their motive behind the new breakaway tour. “The Premier Golf League has been a labour of love for six years,” the letter reads. 

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“We haven’t entered into this lightly, we’re unabashed golf fans with backgrounds in golf media sales and buying, broadcasting, sports production, golf tournament operations, golf rules officiating, team operations, digital operations and the law,” it mentions. 

“We’re doing this because we believe professional golf can and should be better for the fans, players and golf’s wider community. Our sole objective is to get more people watching and playing the game we love. For decades to come.”

The Premier Golf League is in no way related to the Super Golf League

When news about the Premier Golf League initially surfaced, fans began confusing it with the ‘Super Golf League,’ another proposed tour completely backed by Saudi-based investors. However, it is now clarified that the PGL is not related to the SGL. 

“We are nothing to do with the SGL and the SGL has nothing to do with us. We have no Saudi or related backing,” their website states. 

The PGL is backed by a company called World Golf Group with Andy Gardiner serving as its CEO. Gardiner is also leading the PGL Project and re-ignited the hype around PGL after a successful interview with BBC Sport

Premier Golf League went official right after Gardiner’s interview with BBC. They now have their verified Twitter handle and have also launched their exclusive website where extensive details about the league can be gathered. 

What is the structure of the PGL and when it is starting? 

The Premier Golf League creators are posing themselves as avid golf fans who are aiming to restore the sport to its old glory. According to their website, there will be a dual championship – a player championship and a team championship. 

The player championship and team championship will be running parallel and co-exist on the tour. As for the player championship, it will be held in a traditional stroke play manner with the prize purse of the events exceeding $20 million (including bonuses). It will be played every week for 17 weeks. 

Mar 24, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Dustin Johnson lines up a putt on the sixth green during the first day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

The team championship will comprise 12 teams of four competing for 17 weeks, with the 18th week being the season finale. Only two scores will count, per team, per day, and each team will receive a $1m bonus each week (17 weeks). 

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The first season of the PGL is scheduled to begin on January 23 and each season will run for eight months with a four-month break. There will be 18 events per season, with 12 in the United States and 6 across the world (Yet to be announced). 

For an extensive breakdown of the prize purse awarded by the Premier Golf League or more information about the format and regulations, visit premiergolfleague.com

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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