Tiger Woods reportedly plans to rally PGA Tour player support against LIV Golf
from Sportsnaut, with Jason Burgos, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com
It seems as if Tiger Woods has decided to take on a role as top commander in the PGA Tour’s war against rival league LIV Golf.
When LIV Golf was created it sent shock waves through the professional golf industry. For decades, the legendary PGA went unchallenged in the sport. However, that all changed this year when the new league funded by Saudi Arabian government started to prepare for its inaugural season by stealing away some of the PGA’s biggest and most relevant names with guaranteed paydays and massive signing bonuses.
For Woods, leaving the PGA for LIV has been confusing and seen as turning their back on the tour that got them to where they are now.
“I disagree with it,” Woods said in July at the Open Championship [h/t ESPN]. “I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position. … Some of these players may not ever get a chance to play in major championships. That is a possibility.
“We don’t know that for sure yet. It’s up to all the major championship bodies to make that determination. But that is a possibility, that some players will never, ever get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience this right here, walk down the fairways at Augusta National. That, to me, I just don’t understand it.”
As bans have been handed down from the PGA on former members now in LIV and there are questions surrounding eligibility for majors — which are run independently of the PGA — the war between the two golf leagues rages on as more stars from the U.S.-based tour switch sides to LIV.
Well, in an effort to stem the defection tide, ESPN reported on Monday that Woods is expected to have a private meeting with many of the top 20 players in the PGA Tour this week at the BMW Championship.
“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,” a player who was invited to the meeting told ESPN on Monday.
Woods has already made it known that he previously turned down a major offer from LIV. The fact that he is now trying to help unify the tour membership in an effort to strengthen the PGA is notable.