Jon Rahm Says TGL Arena 'A Lot Better' Than He Expected

The Spaniard admits the scale of the upcoming TGL has taken him by surprise

Jon Rahm at the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind
Jon Rahm is surprised at the scale of the forthcoming TGL
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Jon Rahm says the upcoming TGL arena is looking even better than he expected.

The Spaniard is one of several high-profile players committed to Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods’ tech-focused competition, which is due to begin next January, with events unfolding at a custom-built arena in Florida.

Before the BMW Championship, Rahm offered an insight into what the prime-time TV competition will be like, and said it looks even better than he imagined. He said: “I've seen a virtual reality little video of it. I haven't seen it in person. It's different to what I expected. I didn't realize how big it was going to be, which makes it a lot better.

“I'm looking forward to being able to start it. I don't know really what to expect with playing - I have a simulator in my home and it's a 14-foot screen TV and you're 12 feet from the screen, and from what I hear we're going to be 35 yards from the screen and the screen is going to be 60 feet wide and 40-some feet tall.

“I can't even picture how big it's going to be. It's going to be like that wall right there and taller, and we're going quite a bit away, and we're going to be playing from 50 yards into the pin. It's going to be a very, very unique circumstance, but I'm really looking forward to it.“

Details on exactly what the league will entail are slowly emerging, with confirmation that it will feature 18 players in six teams of three who will compete over 18 holes on a "data-rich, virtual course complete with a tech-infused, short-game complex”.

Meanwhile, the format will consist of a 15-match regular season, followed by playoffs and then a championship match. Along with Rahm, McIlroy and Woods, others committed to it include Matt Fitzpatrick, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas.

Rahm is convinced the league will have all the ingredients to appeal to a new type of fan. He said: “You're appealing to maybe a little bit of a different audience with the time of day we're playing, the type of golf we're going to be playing.

“Like many sports nowadays, I think that is going to allow for probably a lot more live gambling, which is what a lot of people are trying to do nowadays when they're watching sports.

“I think we can appeal to a different audience, and I'm looking forward to that, as well. I've heard a lot of great reviews and thoughts from friends of mine looking into it before they knew I was invested in it and wanting to play. I think we have the opportunity to do something very special.”

‘I’ve Done A Pretty Good Job So Far’

Jon Rahm on a green at the FedEx St Jude Championship at TPC Southwind

Jon Rahm is confident of putting himself into a strong position to claim his first FedEx Cup title

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Before that, Rahm, who also said he wishes golf had an off-season, continues his quest for a first FedEx Cup title this week. He is currently top of the FedEx Cup standings despite only finishing T37 in last week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship.

However, he explained he’s optimistic he’s on track for success in next week’s Tour Championship, particularly having won at the venue for this week’s tournament, Olympia Fields, three years ago.

He said: “Well, point of coming to the Playoffs is to give yourself the best chance to get to East Lake on the No.1 spot. I've done a pretty good job so far.

“Hopefully this week I can have a good performance like I did last time and earn it and clinch it and give myself the best shot for the win. It's been a great year so far, so hopefully I can end it off the way I started it.”

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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