Tiger Woods flew in to attend a PGA Tour player meeting regarding the growing LIV Golf threat ahead of this week’s BMW Championship.
Woods arrived alongside Rickie Fowler to show his support for the tour in an effort to help convince the top players to continue with their membership in a meeting that was said to have lasted three and a half hours.
“It was about all the top players getting on the same page,” an unnamed attendee told ESPN. “It was a good meeting.”
According to U.S. journalist Alan Shipnuck on Twitter, “Supposedly everything is on the table, from major championship boycotts to Monahan’s future to a larger compromise.”
He later added; “It’s not for the whole membership, just select top players. Tiger helped organize it; he held a similar skull session at Adare Manor. He’s now acting as a de facto commissioner. It is unknown if he’s getting guidance from the real Commish.”
It’s been reported that Woods turned down an offer in the region of $700million to join the Saudi funded series. At The Open, Woods came out strongly against those joining LIV, saying; “”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.”
Fowler also arrived to show his support despite not qualifying for this week’s second FedExCup Playoff event. Previously linked to LIV Golf, Fowler is adamant that the PGA Tour remains the best place to play golf for the foreseeable future.
“The Tour has been the best place to play, currently is and I’d like to see it continue to be,” Fowler said. “But you can’t expect to stay the same and be the best all the time, if that makes sense.”
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan wasn’t invited to the meeting where Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas were among those in attendance.
Reigning FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay was asked if he felt a meeting singling out the top players could cause further division on the tour.
“I think depending on the results, if anything changes potentially,” Cantlay said.
“I’m not sure what, if anything, will change, what will be the result of it. I think it’s good that a lot of the players are getting together to discuss the situation out here, especially given the current circumstances.”
ESPN reports that Monahan will host an informal Q&A session with players on Wednesday.