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NBA star-backed TGL entry boasts Aberg, Clark

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  • Mark Schlabach, ESPN Senior WriterMay 6, 2024, 12:00 PM ET

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Reigning U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark and Sweden’s Ludvig Åberg headline the roster of the Bay Golf Club, the California-based team in TGL presented by SoFi, the tech-infused golf league being fronted by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

The Bay Golf Club’s roster also includes Ireland’s Shane Lowry, the 2019 Open Championship winner, and Australia’s Min Woo Lee.

“It’s kind of cool having an international team,” Clark, who is American, told ESPN. “We all get along. We’ve had dinner together, and I’m friends with Shane and Min Woo and getting to know Ludvig better. I feel confident about our team, and it’s going to be fun.”

TGL’s inaugural season will tee off Jan. 7, 2025, in prime time on ESPN and ESPN+. The six-team league was scheduled to begin play Jan. 9, 2024, but the launch was delayed after a storm knocked out electricity to the temporary power system and backup system at the SoFi Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, causing the dome to deflate and be damaged.

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The league is constructing a 250,000-square-foot steel-supported structure.

“I feel more confident about the league,” Clark said. “I think it was probably a good thing that there was a delay in starting, so they could make sure everything was right from the start. I’m excited and looking forward to seeing what it looks like. I think a lot of us players, there’s some of the unknown, but what we do know is the people behind it are pretty powerful people.”

Former Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry’s Avenue Sports Fund owns the Bay Golf Club, along with co-owners Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. English footballer John Stones, Formula 1 driver Alex Albon and Olympic surfers Leonardo Fioravanti and Kanoa Igarashi are also minority owners.

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