It’s WAR! Tiger Woods will today meet influential PGA Tour golfers who have NOT joined the Saudi-backed LIV series to begin his fight against the rebel event after he turned down $800 million to participate
- Tiger Woods is set to make his presence felt at a PGA Tour players meeting today
- The tour is looking to generate as much support as possible in the battle against Saudi-backed LIV Golf
- Boycott of major championships and Tour boss Jay Monahan’s future reportedly to be discussed, although ‘everything is on the table’
- Woods has been a beacon of hope for the PGA after rejecting Greg Norman’s $800 million offer to join LIV
- Rory McIlroy has also condemned the new regime despite its star cast
Tiger Woods will reportedly meet the PGA’s elite players today in the latest episode in the war against LIV Golf.
Alan Shipnuck and ESPN reported the news with the former stating that the encounter is set to be a “banger”.
“Supposedly everything is on the table, from major championship boycotts to (Jay) Monahan’s future to a bigger compromise,” Shipnuck said via Twitter Monday night.
“And Tiger MF Woods is expected to fly in to advise/bully/persuade.”
The meeting between Woods and the PGA players will take place during 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 about how we can continue to make the PGA Tour the best product in professional golf.”
Tiger Woods is set to be part of the conversation among the PGA’s elite as they look to gain an advantage over LIV
Woods has been outspoken in his rejection of defections and LIV Golf itself, far beyond his rejection of CEO Greg Norman’s $800 million offer to join.
“Greg has done some things that I don’t think (are) in the best interest of the game,” Woods said before the Open Championship.
“I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we’ve done and what the Tour has given us, the ability to pursue our careers and earn what we get and the trophies we’ve been able to play for and the history that’s been a part of this game.
“I know Greg tried to do this 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 interest of the game.’
Greg Norman has become a destabilizing force for traditional golf as CEO of LIV Golf
As for the players who have left the Tour, Woods spoke his mind about them as well.
“I think what they’ve done is they’ve turned their backs on what allowed them to get to this position,” he added.
Former world number 1 Rory McIlroy has sided with Woods in his condemnation of the breakaway regime.
“There is no place in the golf world for LIV Golf,” McIlroy said CBS Sports.
“I don’t agree with what LIV is doing. If LIV disappeared tomorrow, I’d be super happy.’
Rory McIlroy has been a forceful and defiant voice for the PGA Tour since LIV’s inception
Wood’s arrival in Wilmington comes a week after Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch and Matt Jones served temporary restrictions deserting the Tour in favor of LIV Golf, but still wanted to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan will have a separate meeting with PGA members.
Meanwhile, Norman dismissed the notion of concerns about LIV Golf’s long-term viability.
“I don’t wake up with any fear of what LIV is and where LIV is going to go because LIV is the future of golf,” he told Forbes.
Norman has not taken a step backwards since he became commissioner/managing director of LIV Golf
“What I do wakes me up at night: worrying about how the players have been treated. As simple as that.
“LIV is the future of golf.
‘Why? Because you have these enormous opportunities for us [explore]from a sponsorship standpoint, a production standpoint, from a game standpoint, from every aspect that’s never been done in the game of golf before.’
Delaware hosts the second of three FedEx Cup playoff events, beginning Thursday.
The Saudi-backed breakaway competition has caused an uproar in both golf and media circles