Report: PGA Tour deny entertaining LIV plans for Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

According to a report, PGA Tour officials denied they would entertain the idea Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods would participate in LIV Golf events.

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Wed, 12 Jul 2023
Report: PGA Tour deny entertaining LIV plans for Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy

PGA Tour officials say they refused to entertain the idea of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods playing '10 LIV Golf' events or assist Yasir Al-Rumayyan in his bid to become a member of Augusta National and the Royal & Ancient. 

A bizarre scene unfolded on 11 July when golf officials were grilled by US lawmakers about the stunning agreement to align the PGA Tour, European DP World Tour and LIV Golf under the umbrella of a new, for-profit company. 

Just before PGA Tour chief operating officer Ron Price and board member Jimmy Dunne were sworn in did the US Senate panel release hundreds of pages of documents that revealed communications between the parties involved in the 'framework agreement'. 

Those documents revealed PGA Tour officials were shown a slideshow titled "The Best of Both Worlds" during a secret meeting which contained proposals over what the landscape of men's professional golf would like like under their agreement. 


Some of those plans included McIlroy and Woods being handed their own LIV Golf franchises on the condition they play in 10 events per year

There was also the suggestion that Saudi Aramco would sponsor two PGA Tour designated events and host at least one of them in the Middle East. 

Bizarrely, there were also proposals to grant Al-Rumayyan membership to Augusta National and the Royal & Ancient. 

In a statement to The Telegraph's Jamie Corrigan, a PGA Tour spokesperson said it:

"Summarily rejected the McIlroy-Woods idea and refused to assist in Al-Rumayyan joining perhaps the two most august clubs in the game."

The news that Al-Rumayyan reportedly wanted membership to the two most exclusive golf clubs in the world has been met with hilarity and disdain. 

Other proposals included initiating a 'large-scale superstar LIV style team global event' to include PGA Tour, LIV Golf and LPGA Tour players, a minimum of two PGA Tour designated events to be branded under Aramco or PIF flags and a commitment by the rival league not to host tournaments that compete with the majors and international team events. 

Read the proposals here:

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