Reports: Woods, PGA Tour stars have ‘good meeting’ about LIV Golf threat

Tiger Woods flew to Delaware on Tuesday to take part in a meeting with many of the PGA Tour’s top players to discuss the battle with LIV Golf, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported the meeting, held at a hotel in the city where this week’s BMW Championship is being held, lasted three and a half hours.

An unnamed player told ESPN the session was held to get players on the same page and referred to it as a “good meeting.”

Woods and Rickie Fowler flew in from Florida to join players already in Delaware to play in the event, including RBC Canadian Open champ Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth.

Players are expected to take their suggestions to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

Monahan met with the players informally last week following a hearing in which a federal judge denied a request by three LIV Golf players seeking to play in the PGA Tour postseason.

He also met with the players a week after the U.S. Open to detail plans for big increases in prize money on the PGA Tour, qualifying changes and a new schedule that will return to a January start to the season in 2024.

The Saudi-funded LIV circuit has attracted several top players with guaranteed prize money, including Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson.

No Canadians currently are part of the LIV Tour.

“I’m not sure what, if anything, will change, what will be the result of it,” Patrick Cantlay said. “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.”

The PGA Tour has reacted to the depth of Saudi funding with a $50 million bonus pool called the Player Impact Program that pays 10 leading players based on how much attention they get. Some players, such as Cantlay, the defending FedEx Cup champion, don’t like the program.

Also in the works is a series of overseas tournaments at the end of the year that will reward the top performers. The tour hasn’t announced set details or a sponsor.

— with files from AP

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