Tiger Woods meets with players against LIV Golf

The PGA Tour is in Delaware for the first time and so is Tiger Woods. Just not to play.

WILMINGTON, Del. – The PGA Tour is in Delaware for the first time and the excitement still surrounded Tiger Woods even though he had no clubs and might not have been seen.

Woods was due to attend a private meeting of top players at Wilmington Country Club on Tuesday to discuss the threat posed by Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf, according to two people with knowledge of plans at the BMW Championship.

They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the privacy of the meeting. One person invited to the meeting said it was about getting on the same page against LIV Golf and taking more ownership towards the PGA Tour.

The meeting resulted in a previously scheduled Players Advisory Council meeting being postponed by an hour to later Tuesday afternoon.

“There’s a players’ meeting, but that’s all I can say about it,” said Jon Rahm.

It wasn’t clear if PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan would be involved. He met with the players informally last week after a hearing where a federal judge denied an application by three LIV golfers to play in the PGA Tour postseason.

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Monahan also met with players a week after the US Open to discuss plans for big prize money increases on the PGA Tour, changes in qualifying and a new schedule that will return to a January 2024 season start.

Woods was a strong opponent of LIV Golf. Rival league leader Greg Norman confirmed in an interview with Fox News last month that Woods had been offered a $700-$800 million participation. Norman said that was before he was hired to run LIV Golf.

Norman and Woods have never been close since Woods arrived on the PGA Tour and instantly became the biggest star golf had seen in generations.

Woods was particularly vigorous at the British Open last month when he said Norman had not been invited to the celebrations surrounding the 150th Open: “Greg has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game are.”

He said he didn’t agree with players getting huge signing bonuses to join LIV Golf and said they turned their backs on the tour that made them famous.

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The PGA Tour has responded to the heavy Saudi funding with a $50 million bonus pool called the Player Impact Program, which pays 10 leading players based on attention. Some players, like defending FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, don’t like the program.

Also in the works is a series of overseas tournaments at the end of the year that will reward the top performers. The tour has not announced any set details or a sponsor.

LIV Golf has played three events, each awarding $25 million in prize money to a group of players including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau. It’s resuming its eight-tournament schedule after the FedEx Cup ends next week.

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Laura Coffey

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