Barely a month since plans for a European Super League bringing together the top 10 richest football clubs in Europe aborted, a similar move is underway in the golf circles. Though the real name is yet to be unveiled, reports indicate that the multi-billion dollar enterprise backed by businessmen in the USA, Britain and Saudi Arabia will go by the name Premier Golf League or Super Golf League.
The Daily Telegraph and Guardian reported this week that the Premier Golf League/ Super Golf League has already set headquarters in Florida and is already making overtures to top-ranked golfers to join the league.
So how is the proposed money-spinning tour structured? The league is planned to tee off in September 2022 with a calendar of 18 events — 10 in the U.S., plus other events scheduled for Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It will feature 48 players competing for both individual and team events. The Telegraph reported that the Premier Golf League has made formal offers guaranteeing between $30-50 million up front to 11 of the best golfers in the world.
If the plan which has been on the cards for the last seven years succeeds, it will mean the elite players will abandon the PGA and Euro Tours. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan this week warned that players who join the proposed league would be suspended immediately and face a lifetime ban. The Premier League Golf backers also face the hurdle of ensuring that matches played on the proposed circuit are recognized for the World Golf Ranking order of merit.
So far, there have been mixed signals from elite players on whether they will warm up to the Premier Golf League idea. Amid threats from PGA and Euro Tours and cash incentives by the new outfit, the discourse around the proposed breakaway league is going to take the centre stage for the remaining part of 2021. So will the golf entrepreneurs succeed where their football contemporaries dismally failed? The jury is still out.
Meanwhile it’s a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard in the ongoing Wells Fargo championship 2021. Matt Wallace shot a brilliant four-under par in the second round to join Garry Woodland and Patrick Rodgers atop the leaderboard on -6 gross on a day many big guns missed the cut. The trio goes into the third round enjoying one shot lead over Kramer Hickok. Veteran Phil Mickelson relinquished the lead after carding four over par in the second round to drop to T10 on three-under par gross. It was a good day for Rory McIlroy whose brilliant five-under par second round score hoisted him to T5, two shots behind the joint-leaders.
64 players made the +2 cut mark to stay in contention for the $8.1million prize money. Among the favourites who missed out include Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Tringale, Will Zalatoris, Harold Varner III, Jason Day, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter and Tony Finau.
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Wells Fargo Championship broadcast details
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Saturday 8 May
19:00: Day 3 – LIVE on SuperSport Golf
22:35: Day 3 – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand
and SuperSport Golf
Sunday 9 May
19:00: Day 4 – LIVE on SuperSport Golf
21:30: Day 3 – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand
and SuperSport Golf