Woods coy on PIF and PGA Tour future

Ronan MacNamara

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The only interesting thing about Tiger Woods at yesterday’s PGA Championship press conference in Valhalla was his goatee…

As ever, Woods offered precious little when asked what the future holds for the PGA Tour and the chances of a peace deal with the Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Jimmy Dunne, one of the main protagonists behind the PGA Tour and PIF merger has resigned from the PGA Tour board.

Dunne said he was stepping down because his role moving forward was “utterly superfluous” given “no meaningful progress has been made towards a transaction with the PIF”.

Woods, who has often shunned efforts to speak out on important issues, including the infamous Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, was a blank slate when asked to give his thoughts on Dunne’s departure.

“Well, I think we’re working on negotiations with PIF,” he said. “It’s ongoing, it’s fluid, it changes day to day. Has there been progress? Yes. But it’s an ongoing negotiation, so a lot of work ahead for all of us with this process. We’re making steps, it may not be giant steps, but we’re making steps.”

Woods refused to comment on whether he was in favour of a deal.

“Well, I’m not going to comment … except that we’re making steps,” he said. “That’s all I can say.”

As for his unlikely chances of winning a sixteenth major championship this week, Woods feels he can still hit the shots but needs to do it for four days but saw signs at the Masters that he is capable of putting himself in the mix.

“I still feel that I can win golf tournaments. I still feel I can hit the shots and still feel like I still have my hand around the greens and I can putt. I just need to do it for all four days, not like I did at Augusta for only two.

“I can still hit shots. It’s getting around is more of the difficulty that I face day-to-day and the recovery of pushing myself either in practice or in competition days. You saw it at Augusta. I was there after two days and didn’t do very well on the weekend.”

Last week, Rory McIlroy admitted that he and Woods don’t see eye to eye on the future of men’s professional golf as the Northern Irishman was blocked from rejoining the PGA TOUR Policy Board.

Woods was questioned on this and said virtually nothing.

“I think that we see the — it’s good to see it differently, but collectively as a whole we want to see whatever’s best for all the players, the fans, and the state of golf. How we get there, that’s to be determined, but the fact that we’re in this together and in this fight together to make golf better is what it’s all about.”

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