Tiger Woods is reportedly scheduled to meet with the PGA’s elite players today in the latest episode in the war against LIV Golf.
Alan Shipnuck and ESPN reported the news with the former stating the meeting is set to be a ‘banger.’
‘Supposedly everything is on the table, from major championship boycotts to (Jay) Monahan’s future to a larger compromise,’ Shipnuck said via Twitter, Monday night.
‘And Tiger M.F. Woods is expected to fly in to provide counsel/bully/cajole.’
The meeting between Woods and the PGA players is set to occur at the BMW Championship in Wilmington, Delaware.
A member 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.’
Tiger Woods has been outspoken in his disapproval of defections and LIV Golf itself, far beyond his rejection of CEO Greg Norman’s $800million offer to join.
‘Greg has done some things that I don’t think (are) in the best interest of our game,’ Woods said prior to the Open Championship.
‘I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we have done and what the Tour has given us, the ability to chase after our careers and to earn what we get and the trophies we have been able to play for and the history that has been a part of this game.
‘I know Greg tried to do this back in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how that’s in the best interests of the game.’
As for the players who have departed the Tour, Woods had his say on them too.
‘I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position,’ he added.
Former world No 1. Rory McIlroy has sided with Woods in his condemnation of the breakaway regime.
‘There’s no room in the golf world for LIV Golf,’ McIlroy told CBS Sports.
Tiger Woods’ arrival in Wilmington comes a week after temporary restraining orders were placed upon Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch and Matt Jones who deserted the Tour in favor for LIV Golf, yet still wanted to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan will reportedly hold an altogether separate meeting with PGA members.
Meanwhile, Norman disregarded the notion of concerns surrounding LIV Golf’s viability long term.
‘I don’t wake up with any fear about what LIV is and where LIV’s going to go because LIV is the future of golf,’ he told Forbes.
‘What I do wake up in the nighttime: worrying about how the players have been treated. Simple as that.
‘LIV is the future of golf.
‘Why? Because you have these tremendous opportunities for us to [explore], from a sponsorship standpoint, a production standpoint, from a gaming standpoint, from every aspect that’s never been done in the game of golf before.’
Delaware is playing host to the second-of-three FedEx Cup playoff events, beginning Thursday.