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Replacing Tyrrell Hatton after his signing with LIV Golf

Matsuyama joins the Boston Common Golf in the TGL of Tiger and Rory

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Hideki Matsuyama, con la gorra del equipo © TGL
Hideki Matsuyama, con la gorra del equipo © TGL

Hideki Matsuyama, winner of the 2021 Augusta Masters and nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, has joined the Boston Common Golf of the TGL presented by SoFi, the technological golf league devised by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy that will start in January 2025. The Japanese player thus joins a team that includes Rory himself, Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott, replacing Tyrrell Hatton, initially announced, but who left the PGA Tour at the end of last January to sign for LIV Golf.

“I am excited to be able to join Boston Common Golf and be part of TGL“, Hideki said in a press release. “Teaming up with Rory, Keegan and Adam, three incredible players whom I deeply respect, fills me with excitement and anticipation. I hope that together we can push the boundaries of golf and create a new and unforgettable experience for fans around the world. And most importantly, I look forward to the four of us winning championships together”, he concluded.

Boston Common Golf is owned by Fenway Sports Golf, the company that controls sports clubs such as the Red Sox or the Pittsburgh Penguins. Matsuyama, for his part, in addition to the Augusta Green Jacket, which made him the first Japanese to win a men’s major, and a good handful of titles to his credit, has played the Presidents Cup five times and next August will represent Japan for the second time in his career at the Olympics, this time in Paris.

“On behalf of Boston Common Golf and everyone at Fenway Sports Group I want to express our deep gratitude to Hideki for joining this innovative venture that will showcase team golf like never before”, said in a statement the president and CEO of Boston Common Golf, Mark Lev. “Hideki’s measured behaviour and resilience will perfectly complement Rory’s dynamic skills, Adam’s experience and Keegan’s tenacity, making us a formidable force”, he added.

“His historic victory at the Masters, his technical precision and his unwavering work ethic have consolidated his place among the golf elite, and with him, we become a team of players representing four continents, each of them a major champion. His commitment to promoting golf globally and in Japan through youth clinics is inspiring a new generation and we are fortunate to have him on our team”, he concluded.

The inaugural season of the TGL will begin on January 7, 2025 in prime time on ESPN and ESPN+. The six-team league was scheduled to start on January 9, 2024, but the launch was delayed after a storm knocked out the temporary power system and the backup system at the SoFi Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, causing the dome to deflate and damage.

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