Rory McIlroy: Meeting with Tiger Woods, Other PGA Golfers amid LIV Saga 'Was Awesome'

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIAugust 17, 2022

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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and many other top PGA Tour players met in a Wilmington, Delaware hotel Tuesday regarding the future of the league amid the ongoing LIV Golf saga.

After the meeting, McIlroy appeared pleased with the direction the players are headed.

"I think the one thing that came out of it, which I think was the purpose, is all the top players on this tour are in agreement and alignment of where we should go going forward, and that was awesome," McIlroy said, per ESPN's Mark Schlabach.

The PGA Tour is in Wilmington for the upcoming BMW Championship, which marks the second-to-last tournament of the season and the second leg of the playoffs.

McIlroy didn't discuss what was said in the three-hour meeting, noting that those thoughts are not for a "public forum right now."

Xander Schauffele, who also attended the meeting, said the ideas expressed were "new" and "fresh." He also noted that he would like to see a peaceful resolution in the ongoing battle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

"Some sort of unity," Schauffele said regarding what he wants to see. "[Golf is] definitely fractured currently. Yeah, we're just in the middle of it. In a nice peaceful way would be a nice outcome."

As noted by Schlabach, roughly 20-25 PGA Tour players attended the meeting, including Scottie Scheffler, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, who also made some public remarks.

"It was a productive meeting," Thomas said. "It's just something that the players who are involved just want the best for the tour and want what's in the best interest. I think it's just one of those things where we all want what's best for the players, and we're working to do that."

The upstart LIV Golf, which is financed by Saudi Arabia's Private Investment Fund, has wooed away some of golf's biggest names, including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson. LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said that Woods was offered between $700 million and $800 million to join the league, but he turned it down.

A report from the Telegraph of London stated that reigning Open champion Cam Smith is set to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf as well.

Recent drama between PGA Tour and LIV Golf includes a judge denying a restraining order from Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones, three LIV golfers who were looking to participate in the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs.

The PGA Tour has suspended players who has left for LIV Golf. Other PGA Tour golfers who left for LIV, such as Kevin Na, have simply resigned.

Mickelson, DeChambeau and other LIV golfers have also filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour claiming that the tour's restrictive policies hinder LIV's ability to compete.


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