Tiger Woods reportedly met with top PGA Tour pros on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing battle with the Saudi-backed LIV golf circuit.
Woods and fellow pro Rickie Fowler flew from Florida to Philadelphia to meet onlookers at the BMW Championship in Delaware.
Woods and about 20 top PGA Tour players discuss strategies aimed at tackling LIV, which is steadily pulling players off the tour with lucrative multi-million dollar deals, according to multiple US reports It was planned.
Golf has been in turmoil since the launch of LIV this year, with Australia’s new British Open champion Cam Smith reportedly joining the emerging circuit as the next big name.
Woods is reportedly one of the toughest critics of the new circuit, having turned down participation in LIV for $700-800 million.
At St Andrews last month, Woods said he “disagrees” with players signed to the series.
“I think what they did was turn their backs on what allowed them to get to this position,” Woods said, adding that young players coming to LIV “never had the chance to play in the majors. We may not get it,” he added. “
“I don’t understand it,” he said.
The BMW Championship is the second leg of the PGA Tour’s lucrative season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.
Several players normally expected to challenge in the playoffs, including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau, entered the LIV and were banned from playing.
Tuesday’s players’ meeting in Delaware came after three LIV exiles lost bids to field at the St. Jude Championship in Memphis last week.
Spanish star Jon Rahm told reporters on Tuesday, “I think that might have made things a little awkward.
“They chose to leave the PGA Tour, know the results and choose to join another tour, and then come back and try to get it.
Patrick Cantlay, meanwhile, joked about Woods’ role in Tuesday’s meeting.
“Well, you heard Tiger is the new commissioner, right?” Cantley quipped before the meeting began.
“That’s what everyone was saying. I’m going to the meeting. I’m going to hear what it’s all about. I’ll probably do more for you later.”