Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have reportedly teamed up to headline a new PGA Tour “stadium” competition.
Woods and McIlroy have been two of the PGA Tour’s biggest supporters amid golf’s battle between the traditional tour and the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, and the duo have taken it upon themselves to contribute to the fight.
The plan was shared with fellow pros during the players-only crunch meeting held in Wilmington, Delaware on August 16, which was believed to be organized in response to the current threat to LIV Golf.
The pair are proposing a series of one-day events that will be staged in front of a live audience, will be technologically advanced and will be held in a stadium setting without green grass, it has reported. Golf week.
The events will be held in partnership with the PGA Tour and will complement, rather than conflict with, the Tour calendar.
They have been reported to launch in 2024 and run from January to March with a finale scheduled for the end of the season.
Tiger Woods (R) and Rory McIlroy (L) have teamed up to launch new PGA Tour ‘stadium’ events
Broadcast and gaming partners are reportedly being discussed with NBC Sports being floated as a potential media partner.
It’s unclear exactly what the events will entail, but commissioner Jay Monahan is expected to reveal more details at the Tour Championship next week.
The project has been two years in the making for Woods and McIlroy and the duo pitched the idea to other anti-LIV professionals last Tuesday as the Saudi-backed anti-breakup movement has gained momentum in recent weeks.
Jay Monahan is expected to reveal more details at the Tour Championship
LIV Golf has already managed to attract some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour, including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, with big money deals.
However, Woods and McIlroy have remained loyal to the PGA, with the former reportedly rejecting an $800 million offer to join the rebel series.
The project, along with their united stand against the rebel series, is said to have brought them closer together.
Dustin Johnson (pictured right with Donald Trump) has been lured to the LIV Golf Series
Woods and McIlroy held an informal meeting of players to discuss the LIV Golf battle during last month’s JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Ireland ahead of this week’s follow-up meeting.
Woods took off from Stuart, Fla., on Tuesday lunchtime with Rickie Fowler and two hours later had landed on the East Coast, just a half-hour drive from Wilmington, Delaware, where the championship was played this week. BMW.
The meeting lasted 3.5 hours and was described as “good” by one player, according to reports ESPN.
The duo has been working on the project for more than two years and have grown closer
The 15-time Major winner is pictured leaving the PGA Tour golfers meeting on Tuesday
The idea was presented to his peers as a long-term opportunity for players to build equity in the company, which will have private funding in addition to corporate partnerships and sponsors.
The proposal was said to be well received by the 22 stars who attended the meeting and the plan, along with other suggestions discussed, have been passed on to Monahan.
The PGA Tour boss is believed to be already on board with the new events with details on the format, potential participants, experiential elements and planned location of the events to be announced by Monahan at East Lake.
The world’s best golfers gathered at the five-star Hotel du Pont to come up with a plan of action
Woods’ private jet, pictured in 2010, that took him from Florida to Philadelphia on Tuesday
Woods walked away from Hotel du Pont after acting ‘alpha’ in fight against LIV Golf
Monahan is scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday before the Tour Championship, but a PGA Tour spokesman declined to comment on what he might discuss, according to reports. Golf week.
After Tuesday’s meeting, McIlroy praised Woods as the “alpha” of the group, revealing the 46-year-old made himself heard with a hands-on approach to finding “actionable steps” to secure the Tour’s future.
“We’re all great players, but we’re not Tiger Woods,” the Northern Irishman said on Wednesday. “He’s the hero we’ve all looked up to and his voice goes further than anyone else’s in the game of golf. His role is to get us to a place where we all think we should be.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that every time we all walk into the room there’s an alpha and it’s not me. He cares a lot.
The Northern Irishman praised Woods for his role in directing the PGA Tour players’ meeting
Woods acted like “the alpha” at the meeting of the world’s best players, according to McIlroy
McIlroy and his colleagues have remained tight-lipped about what was agreed at the meeting, but it is understood the Tour’s top players agreed to try to find ways to face each other more often, avoiding LIV Golf’s rivals outside the majors.
Xander Schauffele, ranked sixth in the world, said there were “new” and “fresh” ideas raised at the meeting.
And Woods was at the center of the bid for unity among those who have not defected to LIV Golf.
On Woods’ contribution, McIlroy added: “It shows how much he cares about the tour, it shows how much they care about the players who are coming through and will be the next generation.
“He’s carried the tour for a long, long time. Players who were his contemporaries, we’ve all benefited from that.”
#Tiger #Woods #Rory #McIlroy #Headline #Series #PGA #Tour #Stadium #Events