It’s the 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 they rejected $800m to participate
- Tiger Woods is set to make his presence felt at a PGA Tour players meeting today
- The Tour seeks to generate as much support as possible in the fight against the Saudi-backed LIV Golf
- Major championship boycotts and future of Tour chief Jay Monahan would be discussed, although ‘everything is on the table’
- Woods was a beacon of hope for the PGA after rejecting Greg Norman’s $800m offer to join LIV
- Rory McIlroy also condemned the new regime despite its list of stars
Tiger Woods is set to meet the PGA’s elite players today in the latest episode of the War on LIV Golf.
Alan Shipnuck and ESPN reported the news, with the former saying the reunion should be a “banger”.
“Supposedly everything is on the table, from major Championship boycotts to (Jay) Monahan’s future to a broader compromise,” Shipnuck said via Twitter on Monday night.
“And Tiger MF Woods should fly in to provide advice / bully / cajole.”
The meeting between Woods and the PGA players is set to take place at the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware.
A member invited to the reunion told ESPN: “This is a reunion 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 set to be part of talks between PGA elite as they seek to curry favor with LIV
Woods has been outspoken in his disapproval of the defections and of LIV Golf itself, well beyond his rejection of CEO Greg Norman’s $800 million offer to join.
“Greg has done things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game,” Woods said ahead of 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 win what we get and the trophies we’ve been able to play for and the history who was 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 it’s in the interest Game.
Greg Norman has become a destabilizing force in traditional golf as CEO of LIV Golf
As for players who left the Tour, Woods also had his say.
“I think what they’ve done is they’ve turned their backs on what got them into this position,” he added.
The former world number 1. Rory McIlroy sided with Woods in his condemnation of the separatist regime.
“There is no place in the golf world for LIV Golf,” said McIlroy CBS Sports.
“I don’t agree with what LIV is doing. If LIV left tomorrow, I would be super happy.
Rory McIlroy has been a hard-hitting and defiant voice for the PGA Tour since the inception of LIV
Woods’ arrival in Wilmington comes a week after temporary restraining orders were imposed on Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch and Matt Jones who deserted the Tour in favor of LIV Golf but still wanted to make the playoffs of the FedExCup.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan would hold an entirely separate meeting with PGA members.
Meanwhile, Norman shrugged off the notion of concerns surrounding LIV Golf’s long-term viability.
“I don’t wake up with the slightest fear as to what LIV is and where LIV is going to go because LIV is the future of golf,” he told Forbes.
Norman hasn’t backed down since becoming commissioner/CEO of LIV Golf
“What I do, I wake up at night: I worry about how the players have been treated. As simple as that.
‘LIV is the future of golf.
‘Why? Because you have these wonderful opportunities for us to [explore]from a sponsorship perspective, from a production perspective, from a game perspective, all aspects that have never been done in the game of golf before.
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The Saudi-backed breakaway competition has caused uproar in golf and media circles