Reports: Tiger Woods meeting with top PGA Tour players to talk taking on LIV Golf


The PGA Tour’s top-ranked players are meeting to talk about LIV Golf.

They’ve invited a ringer.

Tiger Woods is traveling to the Wilmington, Delaware site of the BMW Championship on Tuesday to join them as they address the Saudi-backed rebel golf league and how best to approach its escalating infringement on the Tour. The Fire Pit Collective’s Alan Shipnuck first reported the meeting on Monday.

On the table, per his report: major championship boycotts, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan’s future and potential compromise. But mostly LIV Golf.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach confirmed the planned meeting and spoke with an unnamed player who was invited. Per his report, several of the world’s top 20 players and other influential Tour members who haven’t defected to LIV Golf will attend.

“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,” the anonymous player told Schlabach.–2022-%E5%AE%8C%E6%95%B4%E7%89%88–tw%E3%80%901080p%E3%80%91hd-quality—%E5%85%8D%E8%B4%B9%E8%A7%82%E7%9C%8B%E4%B8%8B%E8%BD%BD

Other than Woods, the reports didn’t name the scheduled attendees. But the guest list could conceivably include World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, No. 3 Rory McIlroy and No. 5 Jon Rahm among others, all of whom have expressed solidarity with the PGA Tour and are scheduled to compete this week. McIlroy has been one of LIV Golf’s most vocal critics.

Unlikely to attend is World No. 2 Cameron Smith. The reigning Player’s Championship and British Open champion is still technically an active member of the PGA Tour with the $18 million FedEx Cup prize at stake. But he’s reportedly bolting for LIV GOLF on a $100 million deal that hasn’t yet been announced. He withdrew from the BMW on Monday, citing a hip injury.

Also not invited, Monahan. This is a players only meeting. Monahan is scheduled to meet with players in a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

Woods has been sporadically active on the golf course as he continues to recover from a 2021 car crash that left him with severe injuries and almost cost him his right leg. But he’s been vocal about his distaste for LIV Golf and turned down a “mind-blowingly enormous” offer to join the league, according to CEO Greg Norman.

“I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position,” Woods said of LIV Golf players while speaking at the British Open in July. “Some players have never got a chance to even experience it. They’ve gone right from the amateur ranks right into that organization and never really got a chance to play out here and what it feels like to play a Tour schedule or to play in some big events. …

“What these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt?

Woods is not competing this week. He’ll be in Delaware to talk business.

Reports say Tiger Woods to meet with PGA Tour players at BMW Championship in effort to fend off LIV Golf
Tiger Woods is headed to the BMW Championship this week but not to play golf. He’s going instead to meet with a group of PGA Tour players to discuss the continued encroachment of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

According to reports by the Fire Pit Collective and ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Woods will be at Wilmington Country Club on Tuesday to meet with a good number of the top-20 ranked players in the world, two days before the first round of the second FedEx Cup Playoffs tournament.

One player who was invited told ESPN the meeting will include “influential PGA Tour members who haven’t defected to LIV Golf.”

There is also a PGA Tour Players Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday. Woods’ meeting, according to ESPN, will take place after that. PGA Tour Jay Monahan has a meeting with Tour players Wednesday.

Woods was last seen missing the cut at the 150th Open Championship in July. He has spoken out against LIV several times, including at St. Andrews.

“Greg [Norman] has done some things that I don’t think (are) in the best interest of our game, and we’re coming back to probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport,” Woods said after his Tuesday practice round at the Old Course. “I believe it’s the right thing.

“I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we have done and what the Tour has given us, the ability to chase after our careers and to earn what we get and the trophies we have been able to play for and the history that has been a part of this game. I know Greg tried to do this back 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 interests of the game.”

Norman, the CEO and public face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, told Fox News he offered Woods something between $700 million and $800 million to join. Woods declined.

Tiger Woods is touring to the Wilmington, Delaware web site of the BMW Championship on Tuesday to affix them as they tackle the Saudi-backed insurgent golf league and the way greatest to strategy its escalating infringement on the Tour. The Hearth Pit Collective’s Alan Shipnuck first reported the assembly on Monday.

On the desk, per his report: main championship boycotts, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan’s future and potential compromise. However principally LIV Golf.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach confirmed the deliberate assembly and spoke with an unnamed participant who was invited. Per his report, a number of of the world’s prime 20 gamers and different influential Tour members who have not defected to LIV Golf will attend.