Rory McIlroy hails Tiger Woods' involvement in PGA Tour discussions on LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy hailed the influence of “eroe” Tiger Woods as the 15-time major winner met with fellow PGA Tour players to discuss the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf invitational series.

Woods è volato a Wilmington, Delaware, to attend the meeting of top PGA Tour players held before the BMW Championship, despite not qualifying for this week’s second FedEx Cup playoff event.
It’s impactful,” McIlroy, a four-time major winner, disse. “I think it shows how much he cares about the Tour. I think it shows how much he cares about the players that are coming through and are going to be the next generation.
    Woods returned to action at the Masters in April after a 17-month absence following a car crash in February 2021 Tiger Woods è in programma per il te-off del primo round del Masters giovedì, poiché punta a una straordinaria rimonta dopo un incidente d'auto a febbraio.
      Although McIlroy acknowledged the PGA Tour wasmoving into a different eraas Woodscareer wanes, he said that the legendary American is still one of the most influential figures in golf.
        McIlroy spoke to the media prior to the BMW Championship at the Wilmington Country Club.

        He is the hero that we’ve all looked up to and his voice carries further than anyone else’s in the game of golf. His role is navigating us to a place where we all think we should be.
        Woods has long been critical of the breakaway LIV Golf series which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) — a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, il principe ereditario dell'Arabia Saudita — e lui turned down an offer worth approximately $ 700 per $ 800 million to join it, according to the tour’s CEO Greg Norman.
          Many high-profile players have left the PGA Tour for LIV Golfincluding major winners Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepkaenticed by the $ 250million in total prize money and an attempt to reform the PGA Tour.
          They have faced criticism from fellow players for abandoning golf’s traditions and accepting money from a country which has been condemned by human rights groups.
          I disagree with it [the playersdecision to join LIV Golf],” Woods said in July before the 150th Open Championship held in St. Andrews. “I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.
          In response to the existential threat of LIV Golf, the PGA Tour and the DP World Tourformerly the European Tourhave suspended anyone who has joined the breakaway series, though so far the majors have allowed all golfers who qualify to continue playing in these events.
          All'inizio di questo mese, a US federal judge ruled in favor of the PGA Tour, denying three LIV Golf players — Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jonesa temporary restraining order allowing them to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

          ‘A productive meeting

          L'ex mondo n. 1 Justin Thomas also paid tribute to Woodsrole in theproductive” incontro, which reportedly lasted for three-and-a-half hours.
          It’s huge. If someone like [boschi] is passionate about it, no offense to all of us, that’s really all that matters,” Thomas said in his press conference before the BMW Championship.
          If he’s not behind something then it’s probably not a good idea in terms of the betterment of the game, but it’s just not going to work.
          Justin Thomas has accumulated 15 PGA Tour victories in his career.

          Both Thomas and McIlroy were reluctant to disclose the details of the playersmeeting but suggested that an understanding had been reached.
            All the top players are in agreement, in alignment about where we should go going forward,” Ha detto McIlroy. “And that was awesome.
            We need to get the top guys together more often than we doI’m talking about all in the same tournaments, all in the same weeks.

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