The £250 million Premier Golf League (PGL) is planning to launch in January 2023, with additional plans to be revealed later this week, PGL boss Andy Gardiner has mentioned.
The PGL, a brand new venture run by British-based World Golf Group, would come with 18 tournaments focusing on the highest 48 male gamers on the earth with every occasion providing prize cash far exceeding these at present on the PGA Tour.
Gardiner mentioned every competitors could be value $20m (£14m) with the winner selecting up a $4m prize and final place receiving $150,000.
The Gamers Championship affords the most important purse on the PGA Tour for a single occasion at $2.7m for the winner from a $15m prize pot.
The venture isn’t associated to the Saudi-backed Tremendous Golf League (SGL).
The PGL haven’t introduced the involvement of any gamers or venues. The PGA and European Tour have beforehand warned that defectors might be topic to expulsion. In its present kind, the PGA Tour requires releases for conflicting occasions on different excursions which might be usually restricted to a handful of occasions every year.
On Monday, Gardiner instructed BBC Sport: “The January 2023 date proper now could be totally possible. We’ll see how the conversations go along with the group that we wish to embrace.”
With reference to expulsion, Gardiner mentioned that gamers shouldn’t be expelled from present excursions ought to they want to be a part of the PGL. “People should not dwell in worry of exclusion of not with the ability to work,” he mentioned. “Competitors legislation exists to make sure there’s a stage enjoying subject and everyone in these circumstances can compete for the providers of the most effective gamers on the earth.
“Completely different our bodies create their very own units of guidelines to guard what they’ve after which it is a query of whether or not the principles that they’ve in place are truthful and that is whenever you have a look at the related legislation.”
Gardiner additionally mentioned that PGL has not been in discussions with the PGA Tour, though he outlined his want to talk with “the our bodies that signify the [golf] group.”
PGL launched an announcement on Tuesday, which learn: “We’re doing this as a result of we consider skilled golf can and may do higher, for the followers, gamers and golf’s wider group. Our sole goal is to get extra folks watching and enjoying the sport we love.”
ESPN reported final month that the PGA tour’s star gamers, together with Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson, had acquired large affords to play within the PGL.
Ricke Fowler later confirmed that he and his staff have been approached and that he’s ready to see the way it performs out, whereas Rory McIlroy mentioned he wouldn’t go away the PGA, calling the breakaway league “a cash seize.”