09 April 2020
PGL Mystery Revealed
After a few weeks hanging around at events on the PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing, the Premier Golf League organization officially broke cover through Chief Executive Officer Andrew Gardiner. Gardiner, who is a British attorney and businessman, said that it was time to unwrap the mystery of the league which hopes to begin in 2022.
“I’m aware of enough people saying we have to speak, and I wanted to make sure people had the ability to know where we’re coming from,” explained Gardiner, speaking on the Rick Shiels Golf Show Podcast.
Gardiner emphasized that the PGL is not aiming to overthrow existing tours but wants to facilitate playersto join a world tour. “The planning is all done, the platform is built, the financial backing is in place. Now, this will only happen with the support of the players, the sponsors and broadcasters, and the fans,” added Gardiner.
Gardiner, who teed up with Phil Mickelson at the Saudi International last January,said the concept of the league, an 18-eventschedule of 54-hole tournamentsfeaturing the world’s top 48 players, was summarized after the team went around and canvassed the views of those for whom the sport would be very different.
“We’re only doing this because this is what we believe we, as a fanbase, want,” Gardiner explained. “This enables you to see the best player that you want to see every single time because there are only 48 out on the course.”
Speaking about funding for the League, Gardiner said there are around 60 shareholders, including global merchant bank, Raine Group, and the public investment fund of Saudi Arabia. “The backing that we have is more than sufficient,” Gardiner stated emphatically.