‘Can’t Compete Dollar for Dollar’: Tiger Woods Reveals PGA Tour’s Plans to Fight LIV Golf Against Its Biggest Selling Point

Published 11/30/2022, 4:35 AM EST
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 19: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the range during the first round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando on December 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods made a sad announcement yesterday, which made every fan disappointed. Woods was supposed to host the Hero World Challenge from November 28 to December 4. However, the golfer was not just a host, but a player too, until yesterday. He announced that he wouldn’t be playing in the event but will only focus on hosting duties due to his right foot injury.

The fans were looking forward to watching their favorite golf star play; however, they will enjoy that during ‘The Match’ and PNC Championship. The event host attended a press conference and talked about the PGA tour and their strategies to fight their arch-rival and Saudi-backed circuit, LIV Golf. 

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Did Tiger Woods reveal the strategies?

In August this year, Woods attended a meeting in Delaware, where Rory McIlroy accompanied him. A reporter wanted to know the importance of meeting and what message the golfer gave to other players. The notion that the pro told other players at the conference was, “we can’t compete, dollar for dollar, with PIF; we physically can’t do that.” According to him, fighting with LIV for every dollar they spend is impossible for the PGA.

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The former number one also suggested a better way to fight the rival LIV. He said that they could create awareness among young golfers instead of fighting for dollars. They can discuss better opportunities for younger players to get onto the tour. According to him, making them understand the importance of playing on the tour is crucial. Young golfers should understand the importance of legacy and what it means to be able to win major championships.

Golf – PNC Championship – The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Florida, U.S. December 17, 2021 Tiger Woods of the U.S. speaks to the media after his Pro-Am round REUTERS/Joe Skipper

The tour players know they will be part of the major championships. They are eligible to be part of the top 50 and hence eligible to play in majors. But at the same time, many other golfers need to learn what they are losing. They need to understand the legacy and are betting a 50-50 chance of losing the significant championship opportunity.

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How did Woods explain the legacy of major events?

Young golfers joining LIV will earn a lot of money. And they will be happy to go on that tour and end up with extensive checks. But what about the major events? Those golfers will not be allowed to play any important event that has significance in the golfers’ life.

It will deprive them of the opportunity to be in the Hall of Fame and other things of that nature. It will not matter how good of a player they must be, but they will not hold any of their victories as a significant milestone of their career.

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What are your thoughts on the strategies revealed by Woods? Can it work? Let us know in the comments.

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Saumya Yashawant

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A Commerce graduate who turned her passion into her profession, Saumya is a Golf writer at Essentially Sports. Having developed the love for the sport at a very young age, she watched Tiger Woods and caught inspiration from his legacy early on. Apart from Woods, she shares great admiration for her country's players like Vishwanathan Anand and Neeraj Chopra.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu

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