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Singer Niall Horan Invests in Rory McIlroy's TGL Team

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
Singer Niall Horan Invests in Rory McIlroy's TGL Team

Irish singer and former One Direction member Niall Horan is expanding his investment portfolio by backing golf's new high-tech league, the TGL. Horan has acquired a stake in Boston Common Golf, one of the six founding teams in the TGL that is co-owned by golf star Rory McIlroy.


Horan and Rory McIlroy have been close friends for years, with Horan occasionally caddying for McIlroy in exhibitions. Through his investment firm Greenbridge Ventures, Horan will now support McIlroy's vision for the new team golf format being launched by the TGL.


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"Golf has been a lifelong passion of mine" said Horan. “Being able to combine my love for the game and my friendship with Rory into a relationship that helps launch a new concept in golf is truly special.”


Boston Common Golf is co-owned by McIlroy's Symphony Ventures and Fenway Sports Group. The TGL league, which is co-founded by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, will feature a high-tech simulator environment along with a short-game area to showcase team match play competitions.


Each TGL team will have four players competing in a 15-match regular season schedule. Broadcasts of the matches will air on ESPN and ESPN+ starting in January 2025 at the TGL's new indoor facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


In addition to his music career, Horan has also worked as a coach on NBC's singing competition The Voice. His investment and involvement provides Boston Common Golf with access to Horan's massive social media following of over 70 million fans on Instagram and Twitter.


The financial terms of Horan's investment were not disclosed, but it marks another big name joining the list of sports stars, entertainers and business moguls backing the fledgling TGL league. With Horan's support, Boston Common Golf is poised to be one of the most visible and popular teams starting from day one of TGL competition.


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How does the technology in TGL's performance lab enhance the game


TGL is taking their virtual golf league to the next level with some impressive technology at their performance lab. At the heart of it is a massive simulator screen where players can hit shots and experience an entire course indoors. Between holes, the short game area literally transforms to change up the course.


Other cool features include shot clocks to up the intensity and pace. Players will also be mic’d up so fans feel like they're following the groups live. It's clear TGL spared no expense to recapture the realism of a full round.


The giant simulator and transformable short game area work to bring the whole golf experience indoors. It allows TGL to enhance the viewing and protect games from weather delays. Their high-tech lab really sets the stage for incredible indoor golf competition, year-round. It's exciting to see the advancements that could come from their virtual league.






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With a background in digital media and a passion for golf culture, Emily scours the internet and PGA/LPGA tour circuits for the most entertaining, shocking, and bizarre stories about professional golfers. She is skilled at curating viral golf content, from Instagram antics to tournament controversies, and turning them into shareable, humorous articles. Her readers appreciate her ability to find the fun and humor in the world of elite golf.

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