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Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Golf League Adds Hideki Matsuyama to Boston Roster

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Golf League Adds Hideki Matsuyama to Boston Roster

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(Palm Beach, FL) - With less than seven months to go until the launch of their highly anticipated Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy-backed golf league, one of the teams has filled their final roster spot with another top player.




The Boston Common Golf team, owned by Fenway Sports Group, announced on Tuesday that they have signed Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama as their fourth member. Matsuyama, currently ranked 12th in the world, will replace Englishman Tyrrell Hatton who left to join the controversial new LIV Golf circuit.


Matsuyama, 32, brings impressive resume to the team, having won nine times on the PGA Tour including the 2021 Masters. Most recently he captured the Genesis Invitational in February and finished sixth at the U.S. Open.


Hideki Matsuyama wins the 2024 Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. 


He joins an international lineup for Boston Common that already included Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, American Keegan Bradley, and Australian Adam Scott.


The addition of Matsuyama continues the blockbuster roster assembly by the Tiger Golf League (TGL) which is owned by TMRW Sports Group. In total, TGL has signed 24 top PGA Tour players spanning 10 different countries, with 10 of the current top 15 in the world official world golf rankings committed.


TGL is set to launch its inaugural season on January 7th  with matches airing in primetime on ESPN. The league will utilize a innovative team match play format and be contested at a new purpose-built venue currently under construction at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.


With Matsuyama now aboard, Boston Common Golf appears set to be one of the most competitive squads when TGL tees off for the first time early next year.


TGL rosters


Atlanta Drive Golf Club: Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Billy Horschel, Lucas Glover.


Bay Golf Club: Ludvig Aberg, Wyndham Clark, Min Woo Lee, Shane Lowry.


Boston Common Golf: Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama.


Jupiter Links Golf Club: Tiger Woods, Max Homa, Tom Kim, Kevin Kisner.


Los Angeles Golf Club: Tommy Fleetwood, Sahith Theegala, Collin Morikawa, Justin Rose.


New York Golf Club: Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Cameron Young, Matt Fitzpatrick.


What are the fan expectations for the inaugural season of TGL


By slotting their matches in the evenings on ESPN and streaming platforms, it seems like TGL is making it super easy for folks to tune in after work or dinner on the couch.


The high-tech upgrades and real-time stats everywhere are their way of trying to make fans feel right in the middle of the action, whether watching at home or out at the courses.


With huge names on the rosters like Tiger and Rory, they'll no doubt draw in tons of devoted golf fans itching to cheer on their faves in this new team setup.


Sprinting things up to 3-player matches is a smart move if they want to hook in more casual viewers who don't wanna spend their whole Sunday watching but still want excitement.


This arena complex they're building looks pretty dope - it'll definitely pull people deep into the tournament atmosphere between checking out the courses and fan areas.


Leveraging all that ESPN muscle for promo is a good play to generate buzz out the gate. All press is good press when you're launching something new!


In the end, only time will tell if their futuristic vision for viewing, competitive head-to-heads and primetime slots will truly resonate with audiences both hardcore and new.


It'll be interesting to see if TGL can deliver on the hype - fingers crossed it brings some fun new energy to the pro golf scene!






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Sarah has a strong background in sports journalism, with a degree in journalism from a top university in the US. She has covered men's professional golf for over 10 years, attending major tournaments around the world and building an extensive network within the men's golf community. Her writing is known for its in-depth analysis, insider access, and ability to bring the drama and excitement of professional golf to life for readers.

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