Tiger Woods appears to be paying attention to LIV Golf according to LIV player

A LIV Golf player believes Tiger Woods may be paying attention to Greg Norman's rival LIV Golf league. 

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Sun, 30 Apr 2023
Tiger Woods appears to be paying attention to LIV Golf according to LIV player

Tiger Woods has been quite outspokenly anti-LIV Golf, but according to one member of the rival league, he's still keeping up with the Saudi-backed tour. 

Woods, 47, was at Augusta National earlier this month where he played in The Masters. He made the cut for the 23rd consecutive time, tying the all-time tournament record.

However, shortly after, he was forced to withdraw

A few weeks later, on 19 April, it was announced on his Twitter account that Woods had undergone a successful ankle surgery. 

Related: Tiger Woods undergoes "successful" ankle surgery but likely OUT of the majors

Also at The Masters in early April were 18 LIV Golf players, including a then-winless Talor Gooch

Gooch, 31, finished in a tie for 34th and has since won the past two events on the LIV Golf schedule.

He first won the LIV Golf Adelaide event last week for his maiden LIV Golf victory, and followed it up Sunday with another win in Singapore

Related: LIV Golf Singapore: Talor Gooch to former captain after second LIV Golf win: "Where's DJ right now?"

He became the league's first back-to-back winner and only the second player to win two LIV Golf events along with Brooks Koepka

On Friday, a podcast called "Fore the People," released an episode with Gooch. It was then that Gooch told a story about Woods reportedly coming up to him at the Masters and talking to him about LIV Golf. 

“So I have kind of a funny story,” Gooch told the podcast, per Golf.com.

“So at Augusta, one of the mornings I was warming up, Tiger was right next to me warming up. And he was like, man, you’re with Bubba’s team now, right? And I was like, yeah. He’s like, you all are going to Adelaide, right? I’m like, yeah. He goes, man, they got some great golf there."

He then, as Gooch tells it, asked him about if he'd been to Singapore before and told him a story about his own experiences playing golf there. 

One of the podcast hosts, John Peterson, then pointed out his takeaway from Gooch's Woods story. 

“You know, that’s kind of encouraging to know that Tiger watches you all that much, though, right,” he said.

Peterson added:

“Because he knew that you were going to go to Australia. And then not just that he knew you were going to Australia, he knew the next event was in Singapore. And I guarantee you, if you were to ask 95 percent of golf fans the week of the Masters where the LIV tour was going the next two weeks in a row, there’s no way they would have been able to tell you Australia and Singapore. So Tiger’s paying attention. Tiger’s paying attention a little bit.” 

Gooch agreed with his assumption. 

“Yup, that was my takeaway, too,” he replied. 

Gooch and the rest of LIV Golf are taking a week off before heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma for their sixth event of the 2023 season. 

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