Tiger Woods jets in for emergency PGA Tour meeting on LIV Golf threat with top players set to discuss possible Major boycott


Tiger Woods has flown to Delaware for an emergency players meeting on the threat of LIV Golf to the PGA Tour.

LIV Golf, the Saudi-backed breakaway series, continues to divide the sport and attract high-profile names with lucrative sign-on deals.

It is no surprise Woods – one of sport’s greatest ever competitors – is against LIV Golf

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It is no surprise Woods – one of sport’s greatest ever competitors – is against LIV Golf

The PGA Tour has banned defecting players, such as Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, and now faces a lawsuit which will determine whether or not its response is lawful.

A temporary restraining order for LIV golfers Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones to play in the FedEx Cup play-offs was recently denied by a judge – but this is only the beginning of what will be a long antitrust case.

If LIV wins in court and players can compete on both tours, issues such as Official World Ranking Points, Ryder Cup participaton and qualifying for Majors will no longer exist, and there will be little to stop the $2billion breakaway project taking over completely.

However, the likes of Woods and Rory McIlroy remain deeply opposed to LIV amid ongoing questions over the league’s sporting integrity and accusations of Saudi sportswashing.

Amid news that world No.2 and Champion Golfer of the Year Cameron Smith is expected to join, the rest of the game’s top players have called a meeting ahead of the BMW Championship in Delaware to discuss their next steps.

It is understood Woods, along with a number of the world’s top 20 players who remain committed to the PGA Tour, will discuss everything from boycotting the Majors to finding a compromise with LIV.

The Open at St Andrews showed how popular Woods remains

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The Open at St Andrews showed how popular Woods remains


PGA Tour commisioner Jay Monahan will hold a separate meeting with players on Wednesday.

Woods remains the most influential figure in golf and the 46-year-old was directly named in LIV’s lawsuit – which accused the PGA Tour of collaborating with him to dissuade young players from defecting.

LIV CEO Greg Norman revealed Woods turned down £665million to join the project and the 15-time Major winner made his feelings clear at The 150th Open in July.

“Greg has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interests of the game,” Woods said.

Norman [left] is the figurehead for LIV Golf

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Norman [left] is the figurehead for LIV Golf

He added: “To play there [LIV Golf], 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.

“Some players have never got a chance to even experience it. They’ve gone right from the amateur ranks right into that organisation and never really got a chance to play out here and what it feels like to play a Tour schedule or to play in some big events.”

He continued: “What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt? You’re just getting paid a lot of money up front and playing a few events and playing 54 holes. They’re playing blaring music and have all these atmospheres that are different.

“I just don’t see how that move is positive in the long term for a lot of these players, especially if the LIV organisation doesn’t get world-ranking points and the Major Championships change their criteria for entering the events.

“It would be sad to see some of these young kids never get a chance to experience it and experience what we’ve got a chance to experience and walk these hallowed grounds and play in these championships.”

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