Tiger Woods is due to meet with several of the world’s top golfers on Tuesday in a bid to rally support around the PGA Tour in its ongoing battle with rival series LIV Golf, sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday.
The meeting between 15-time major champion Woods and the group of players is set to take place at the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware, host of the second FedEx Cup playoff event that begins Thursday.
A player who was invited to attend the reunion told ESPN it will include many of the top 20 players in the world and a handful of other influential PGA Tour members who have not defected to LIV Golf. It will take place shortly after a previously scheduled PGA Tour Players’ Advisory Council meeting at Wilmington Country Club.
“This is 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,” a guest player told ESPN on Monday. the meeting.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is scheduled to meet with members at another meeting on Wednesday, sources said.
Tuesday’s encounter with Woods, which was first reported by Fire Pit Collective, will come a week after a federal judge in San Jose, Calif., denied a three-player temporary restraining order – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – who had left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf and wanted to make the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Woods delivered his most scathing criticism of the players who ditched the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV golf tour at last month’s Open Championship in St. Andrews. Several former great champions, including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson, have been lured to the new circuit led by Greg Norman with guaranteed contracts worth between $100 million and $200 million. London’s Telegraph reported last week that world number 2 Cameron Smith of Australia is also set to join LIV Golf.
“I disagree,” Woods said in July. “I think what they’ve done is they’ve turned their backs on what got them to this position.”
Woods also wondered how young players who don’t have major tournament exemptions could jeopardize their chances of playing in golf’s biggest events.
The LIV Golf Series is not yet recognized by the Official World Golf Rankings, so its players have not received World Ranking Points in its first three events. LIV Golf submitted its application for OWGR recognition last month and is awaiting a decision. OWGR points are used to determine byes and champs for the four major tournaments: The Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and The Open.
“Who knows what’s going to happen in the near future with world ranking points, the criteria to get into major championships,” Woods said. “The governing body will have to realize this.
“Some of these players may never get the chance to play in major leagues. That’s a possibility. We don’t know for sure yet. It’s up to all major league bodies to make that decision. But it’s a possibility, that some players will never, ever have the chance to play in a major championship, will never have the chance to experience that here, to walk the fairways of Augusta National. for me, I just don’t understand it.
In an interview that aired on Fox News earlier this month, Norman confirmed that Woods turned down an offer between $700 million and $800 million to join LIV Golf. Norman said the offer was made before he became CEO and commissioner of the startup league.
When a Tour player was asked on Monday why Woods was so invested in the PGA Tour, he replied: “He’s an ambassador for the PGA Tour like all the greats. He understands how good the Tour has been for him and his career.”