It’s WAR! Tiger Woods will today meet influential PGA Tour golfers who have NOT joined the Saudi-backed LIV Series to begin the fightback against the rebel event after he rejected $800M to take part
- Tiger Woods is set to make his presence felt at a PGA Tour players meeting today
- The Tour are looking to engender as much support as possible in the fight against Saudi-backed LIV Golf
- Major championships boycotts and Tour chief Jay Monahan’s future are reportedly going to be discussed, though ‘everything is on the table’
- Woods has been a beacon of hope for the PGA after rejecting Greg Norman’s $800million offer to join LIV
- Rory McIlroy has also condemned the new regime despite its star-littered roster
Tiger Woods is reportedly scheduled to meet with the PGA’s elite players today in the latest episode in the war against LIV Golf.
‘Supposedly everything is on the table, from major championship boycotts to (Jay) Monahan’s future to a larger compromise,’ Shipnuck said via Twitter, Monday night.
‘And Tiger M.F. Woods is expected to fly in to provide counsel/bully/cajole.’
The meeting between Woods and the PGA players is set to occur at the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware.
A member invited to the meeting told ESPN: ‘It’s a meeting to get the top 20 players in the world on the same page on how we can continue to make the PGA Tour the best product in professional golf.’
Tiger Woods is set to be part of talks between the PGA’s elite as they look to gain favor over LIV
Woods has been outspoken in his disapproval of defections and LIV Golf itself, far beyond his rejection of CEO Greg Norman’s $800million offer to join.
‘Greg has done some things that I don’t think (are) in the best interest of our game,’ Woods said prior to the Open Championship.
‘I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we have done and what the Tour has given us, the ability to chase after our careers and to earn what we get and the trophies we have been able to play for and the history that has been a part of this game.
‘I know Greg tried to do this back in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how that’s in the best interests of the game.’
Greg Norman has become a destabilizing force to traditional golf as the CEO of LIV Golf
As for the players who have departed the Tour, Woods had his say on them too.
‘I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position,’ he added.
Former world No 1. Rory McIlroy has sided with Woods in his condemnation of the breakaway regime.
‘There’s no room in the golf world for LIV Golf,’ McIlroy told CBS Sports.
‘I don’t agree with what LIV is doing. If LIV went away tomorrow, I’d be super happy.’
Rory McIlroy has been an impactful and defiant voice for the PGA Tour since LIV’s inception
Woods’ arrival in Wilmington comes a week after temporary restraining orders were placed upon Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch and Matt Jones who deserted the Tour in favor for LIV Golf, yet still wanted to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan will reportedly hold an altogether separate meeting with PGA members.
Meanwhile, Norman disregarded the notion of concerns surrounding LIV Golf’s viability long term.
‘I don’t wake up with any fear about what LIV is and where LIV’s going to go because LIV is the future of golf,’ he told Forbes.
Norman hasn’t taken a backwards step since becoming the Commissioner/CEO of LIV Golf
‘What I do wake up in the nighttime: worrying about how the players have been treated. Simple as that.
‘LIV is the future of golf.
‘Why? Because you have these tremendous opportunities for us to [explore], from a sponsorship standpoint, a production standpoint, from a gaming standpoint, from every aspect that’s never been done in the game of golf before.’
Delaware is playing host to the second-of-three FedEx Cup playoff events, beginning Thursday.
The Saudi-backed breakaway competition has caused uproar in both golfing and media circles