PGA Tour calls on Tiger Woods to help strategize against rival LIV Golf

Tiger Woods is set to meet with several of the PGA tour’s top players at this week’s BMW Championship as the tour figures out its next steps in the conflict with LIV Golf. Veteran golf analyst Alan Shipnuck tweeted, “I’m hearing tomorrow’s PGA Tour player meeting regarding LIV is going to be a banger. Supposedly everything is on the table, from major championship boycotts to Monahan’s future to a larger compromise. And Tiger M.F. Woods is expected to fly in to provide counsel/bully/cajole.”

As Greg Norman’s rival circuit continues to entice top athletes with the promise of guaranteed prize money and huge contracts, Woods has spoken out against LIV Golf. Norman recently disclosed that LIV, which receives financial support from the Saudi Arabian government, made Woods an offer of between $700 and $800 million. Woods stated at the British Open, “The players who have chosen to go to LIV and to play there, I disagree with it. I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.” He also noted that “who knows what’s going to happen in the near future with world-ranking points, the criteria for entering major championships? The governing bodies are going to have to figure that out. Some of these players may not ever get a chance to play in major championships.”

This week’s BMW Championship in Delaware kicks off the second leg of the PGA tour playoffs and all players that defected to LIV, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau, have been prohibited from competing in PGA Tour competitions. One player invited to the meeting told ESPN “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.” On Wednesday, players will participate in a separate meeting with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan. However, it is unknown if Woods will be participating in that meeting.

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