Report: Tiger meeting with top golfers in support of PGA TOUR
Tiger Woods is stepping up to support the PGA TOUR.
The 15-time major champion will meet with a number of the world's top golfers Tuesday to discuss the TOUR's next steps in the face of a mounting threat from LIV Golf, ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports.
"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," one player who was invited to the meeting told Schlabach.
The meeting will be held in Wilmington, Delaware, ahead of this week's BMW Championship. A group of players will reportedly also meet with PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday.
The apparent urgency on the part of Woods and other prominent TOUR players comes on the heels of numerous stars fleeing to join LIV Golf in recent months.
Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and Cam Smith are among the many who've defected to the Saudi-funded series. LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman recently confirmed that the upstart series had previously approached Woods with an offer in the range of $700 million to $800 million, but he declined.
"I think what they've done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position," Woods said ahead of the 150th Open Championship in July.
"Some of these guys may not ever get a chance to play in major championships," he added. "That is a possibility. We don't know that for sure yet. It's all up to the major championship bodies to make that determination. But that is a possibility, that some players will never ... get a chance to experience this right here, walk down the fairways at Augusta National. That, to me, I just don't understand it."