PGA Tour 2022, Tiger Woods leads player meeting on LIV Golf, news, FedEx Cup playoffs,

Tiger Woods led a meeting just for US PGA Tour players regarding the threat posed by the Saudi-backed LIV Golf and how to combat it, ahead of this week’s BMW Championship.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and two-time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas confirmed Tuesday’s rally on Wednesday, with McIlroy saying the players left united on a plan of action moving forward.

“The one thing that came out of it, and I think that was the goal, is that all the top players on this tour are in agreement and aligned on where we should be moving forward. “McIlroy said.

“And it was great.”

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Several high-profile players left the PGA for the record purses and shorter LIV Golf Series events, where hefty guarantees and $25 million purses attracted stars such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

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The PGA responded with indefinite bans and waiving scholarships from several events in hopes of competing with the riches of the Saudi-backed Tour.

Exact details of what the players want have not been revealed, but McIlroy said one of the main issues of the meeting was to have more opportunities for the best golfers in the world to play against each other. others outside of major tournaments.

“We need to get the best guys together more often than we do,” McIlroy said. “I’m talking about everyone in the same tournaments, everyone in the same weeks.”

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McIlroy said that for now the nature of the talks is a matter between the players and the PGA Tour executives.

“I don’t think it’s for a public forum right now,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s between the players and between the tour executives to try to kind of manage the way forward.”

Woods, a 15-time major champion who is recovering from leg injuries sustained in a car accident in February 2021, made the effort to show up in person for the meeting ahead of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which kick off on Thursday. in Wilmington, Delaware.

“It had an impact and I think it shows how much he cares about the tour,” McIlroy said. “It shows how much he cares about the players who are coming in and who will be part of the next generation.”

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McIlroy said that of all the players in the room, it was Woods who got the most attention.

“He’s the hero we’ve all looked up to. His voice carries farther than anyone else in the game of golf,” McIlroy said. we should be.

“It’s pretty obvious that every time we all walk into the room, there’s an alpha in there, and that’s not me. He cares a lot.

Having Woods in the room was important, Thomas said.

“It was huge. He was a great leading role in many ways in the game for a lot of us,” Thomas said.

“He came because it was very important to him. It probably wasn’t something he felt was appropriate to do on Zoom or just call. I think it shows how passionate he is about golf and that he wants to improve it.

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McIlroy noted that the days of selling Woods as a star attraction at events and TV shows are over.

“Like it or not, they can’t really sell Tiger Woods anymore,” McIlroy said. “Yeah they have a lot of us and we’re all great players, but we’re not Tiger Woods.

“He carried the tour for a long, long time… We’re entering another era and we just have to think about things a little differently.”

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Michael C. Ford