Tiger To Meet With Top Players Against LIV Golf

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The PGA Tour is in Delaware for the primary time and the excitement nonetheless surrounded Tiger Woods, even when he didn’t have golf equipment and won’t be seen.

Woods was scheduled to come back to Wilmington Nation Membership on Tuesday for a personal assembly of prime gamers to debate the specter of Saudi-funded LIV Golf, in response to two individuals conscious of the plans on the BMW Championship.

They spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity due to the privateness of the assembly. One individual invited to the assembly mentioned it was to get on the identical web page in opposition to LIV Golf, together with taking extra possession within the course of the PGA Tour.

The assembly led to a beforehand scheduled Players Advisory Council assembly being moved again an hour so to later Tuesday afternoon.

“There is a player meeting, but that’s all I can tell you about that,” Jon Rahm mentioned.

It was not clear if PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan can be concerned. He met with the gamers informally final week following a listening to by which a federal choose denied a request by three LIV Golf gamers searching for to play within the PGA Tour postseason.

Monahan additionally met with the gamers per week after the U.S. Open to particulars plans for giant will increase in prize cash on the PGA Tour, qualifying adjustments and a brand new schedule that may return to a January begin to the season in 2024.

Woods has been a robust opponent of LIV Golf. The rival league’s chief, Greg Norman, confirmed in an interview with Fox Information final month that Woods was provided within the vary of $700 to $800 million to participate. Norman mentioned that was earlier than he was employed to run LIV Golf.

Norman and Woods have by no means been shut, going again to when Woods arrived on the PGA Tour and immediately turned the largest star golf had seen in generations.

Woods was significantly forceful on the British Open final month when he mentioned of Norman not being invited to festivities across the one hundred and fiftieth Open, “Greg has done some things that I don’t think is in the best interest of our game.”

He mentioned he disagreed with gamers getting monumental signing bonuses to defect to LIV Golf, saying they’ve turned their backs on the tour that made them well-known.

The PGA Tour has reacted to the depth of Saudi funding with a $50 million bonus pool referred to as the Participant Influence Program that pays 10 main gamers primarily based on how a lot consideration they get. Some gamers, comparable to defending FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, don’t like this system.

Additionally within the works is a collection of abroad tournaments on the finish of the 12 months that may reward the highest performers. The tour hasn’t introduced set particulars or a sponsor.

LIV Golf has performed three occasions providing $25 million apiece in prize cash to a bunch of gamers that embody Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau. It resumes its eight-tournament schedule after the FedEx Cup ends subsequent week.

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