The PGA Tour's top-ranked players are bringing in the game's greatest player to address the concerns surrounding the LIV Golf series, ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Alan Shipnuck of Fire Pit Collective reports.
Tiger Woods is reportedly making the trip to the BMW Championship where he will meet with players on Tuesday as they continue to deal with the ongoing rivalry with the Saudi-backed golf series. The members of the tour are also expected to meet with commissioner Jay Monahan on Wednesday.
"It's a meeting to get the top 20 players in the world on the same page on how we can continue to make the PGA Tour the best product in professional golf," a player who was invited to the meeting told Schlabach on Monday.
Woods has made it known his displeasure with the upstart LIV Golf series and its CEO, Greg Norman.
“Greg has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interests of our game and we’re coming back to probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport. I believe it was the right thing," Woods said last month after Norman, who won the British Open in 1986 and 1993, was not invited to celebrations for the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews prior to this year’s tournament.
"I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position. Some players have never got a chance to even experience it. They've gone right from the amateur ranks to that organization."
Norman has said Woods turned down "somewhere in the neighbourhood” of $700 million to $800 million to take part in the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series.
This comes as World No. 2 Cameron Smith, the reigning Player's Championship and Open champion, reportedly agreed to a deal with LIV Golf for $100 million. Smith will not play at the BMW Championship as he withdrew with a hip injury.