Tiger Woods joins PGA Tour board amid tension from golfers over LIV agreement

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A number of notable professional golfers have spoken out of what they consider has been a scarcity of transparency from the PGA Tour in regards to the settlement to merge with the DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund-backed LIV Golf.

The angst in regards to the deal even unfold to the Tour’s senior circuit, with 19-time PGA Tour winner Ernie Els lately criticizing Commissioner Jay Monahan. 

“The commissioner is meant to be the man operating our tour. These board members make a deal or a so-called deal and with no enter from the gamers. It is absolute shambles. I’m fearful,” Els mentioned.

In response to ongoing considerations from gamers, PGA Tour added Tiger Woods to its coverage board and made notable modifications to its governance construction on Tuesday.


Tiger Woods at the fourth tee

Tiger Woods of the USA  walks to the fourth tee throughout the third spherical of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Nation Membership on Could 21, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Andrew Redington/Getty Photos)

Woods will change into a sixth participant director. Final yr the PGA Tour had a complete of 4 gamers on its board. 

Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm had been among the many greater than 40 gamers who despatched a letter to the PGA Tour earlier this week demanding a rise in participant involvement in main selections.


The PGA Tour launched an announcement saying the participant administrators and Monahan will rework the influential coverage board’s governing paperwork in an effort to verify “no main choice may be made sooner or later with out the prior involvement and approval” from the participant administrators.

“Participant leaders joined collectively to uphold the Tour’s core rules and ask that sure steps be taken instantly, and Monahan has agreed to help the gamers and their requests,” the assertion learn.

As well as, particular adviser Colin Neville, “shall be absolutely conscious of the state of the negotiations contemplated” per the settlement, “and, as such, Neville shall be supplied with full entry to any paperwork or data that he requests as being mandatory for him to hold out his duties on behalf of the gamers.”

Tiger Woods prepares a shot

Tiger Woods prepares a shot throughout Day Two of The one hundred and fiftieth Open at St Andrews Previous Course on July 15, 2022 in St Andrews, United Kingdom. (MB Media/Getty Photos)

Throughout a session with reporters on Tuesday on the Wyndham Championship, No. 26-ranked golfer Justin Thomas mentioned the transfer was a big step ahead.  

“I feel it is necessary. I feel it’s totally apparent {that a} fairly good quantity of us had been pissed off and brought again with how some issues befell. You realize, we had been simply type of put in a cool or robust place with how stuff was dealt with up to now,” he mentioned.

“We wish to have a say of what is going on on as a result of, you already know, it’s our tour as properly, and the way it’s structured and the way it seems to be is necessary to us. So we want to have slightly little bit of a say-so on how that appears.”

Woods launched an announcement wherein he expressed his help for Monahan.

“I’m honored to symbolize the gamers of the PGA Tour,” Woods mentioned in an announcement. “This can be a essential level for the Tour, and the gamers will do their greatest to make sure that any modifications which can be made in Tour operations are in the perfect curiosity of all Tour stakeholders, together with followers, sponsors and gamers.

“The gamers thank Commissioner [Jay] Monahan for agreeing to handle our considerations, and we look ahead to being on the desk with him to make the fitting selections for the way forward for the sport that all of us love. He has my confidence transferring ahead with these modifications.”

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PGA Tour brand throughout the third spherical of the Vacationers Championship on June 24, 2017, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

Participant administrators Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, McIlroy and Webb Simpson are additionally members of the coverage board. They are going to be tasked with granting last approval to the settlement the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and PIF.


Every week after the PGA Tour’s landmark announcement, Monahan took a go away of absence, citing medical considerations. He resumed his duties on July 17. He launched an announcement vowing to work to rebuild belief.

“Tiger’s voice and management all through his profession have contributed immeasurably to the success of the PGA Tour, and to use each to our governance and go-forward plan at this important time is much more welcomed and impactful,” Monahan mentioned in an announcement. “I’m dedicated to taking the required steps to revive any misplaced belief or confidence that occurred because of the shock announcement of our framework settlement.”

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