Tiger Woods flies into PGA meeting to lobby against LIV Golf

Tiger Woods flies into PGA meeting to lobby against LIV Golf

LIV Golf’s risk to the PGA Tour is important sufficient that two of the sport’s largest stars flew to Delaware on their very own on Tuesday to fulfill with fellow gamers prematurely of this week’s BMW Championship at Wilmington Nation Membership. 

Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler touched down in Woods’ personal jet shortly after 3 p.m. Each gamers — neither of whom certified for this week’s FedEx Cup Playoffs occasion — confirmed as much as rally help for the PGA Tour. 

There have been two conferences on the day, together with a beforehand scheduled one involving the Tour’s Participant Advisory Council that occurred at 3 p.m., which Woods was not in attendance for and the place LIV Golf was not mentioned, a member of the PAC who was in attendance informed The Put up. It lasted round 90 minutes and concerned regular end-of-year enterprise with little drama, a supply stated. 

Tiger Woods attended a PGA assembly on Tuesday to debate the LIV Golf tour.AFP through Getty Photographs

The second assembly occurred within the early night off-site and did contain Woods and Fowler, nevertheless, in addition to various the sport’s different stars — together with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, amongst others who haven’t bolted for LIV, sources confirmed to The Put up. 

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was additionally scheduled to fulfill with gamers in one other assembly on Wednesday. 

Tuesday’s assembly with Woods and others got here on the heels of a federal choose final week ruling towards three LIV gamers — Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford — who have been searching for a brief restraining order to compete within the playoffs. It additionally occurred within the wake of the information final week that British Open champ Cameron Smith — who withdrew from this week’s BMW with a sore hip — has additionally reportedly signed on with LIV and can make his debut there after the PGA Tour season concludes later this month. 

Although particulars from the assembly had but to emerge as of early Tuesday night, Woods has been staunchly against LIV and spoke out towards the Saudi-backed outfit throughout final month’s British Open. 

“I disagree with it,” Woods stated at St. Andrews. “I feel that what they’ve executed is that they’ve turned their again on what has allowed them to get to this place. 

“Some gamers have by no means acquired an opportunity to even expertise it — they’ve gone proper from the beginner ranks proper into that group and by no means actually acquired an opportunity to play out right here and what it feels wish to play a Tour schedule or to play in some large occasions. And who is aware of what’s going to occur within the close to future with world rating factors, the standards for coming into main championships? The governing our bodies are going to should determine that out. A few of these gamers could not ever get an opportunity to play in main championships. … That, to me, I simply don’t perceive it.” 

LIV Golf has utilized with the Official World Golf Rating for its occasions to obtain factors, however that course of is often an extended one — at the least a 12 months, if no more. 

Nonetheless, LIV — which is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (valued at greater than $600 billion) and already slated to extend from eight tournaments this 12 months to 14 in 2023 — isn’t going away anytime quickly. Already, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, amongst others, have ditched the PGA Tour for LIV regardless of being suspended indefinitely by the extra established tour and nonetheless extra gamers are anticipated to defect after the Tour season concludes.

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