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Despite Billions at Stake, We Might Never See Tiger Woods Again After a Breach of Trust From the PGA Tour

Published 06/07/2023, 7:17 AM EDT

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The entire golf world was taken aback on Tuesday morning after a landmark decision of the PGA Tour joining hands with the Saudi League was announced out of nowhere. The official news of the Saudi Public Investment Fund becoming the PGA Tour’s sponsor was shared by the Tour on its Twitter handle. Just as the world was digesting this humongous news, it was brought to everybody’s attention that decorated golfers such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were not made aware of the PGA Tour’s forthcoming amalgamation.

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Keeping Woods in the dark may have a severe impact on the PGA Tour’s relationship with him, given that he has always been loyal to the Tour. 

Will Tiger Woods ever return to the PGA Tour after he was backstabbed by Jay Monahan? 


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When LIV Golf was introduced, some of the biggest names in golf, such as Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka, opted out of the Tour to join the Saudi-funded league in exchange for a fortune. Tiger Woods, however, decided to stay back, even after he was offered a ballpark of $800 million to join the breakaway league.

He once expressed his thoughts about the former rival league during the 2022 Open Championship and condemned the golfers who joined LIV Golf. As mentioned on, he said that players who had joined the Saudi League had turned their backs on the PGA Tour, a Tour that gave them everything. The legendary golfer has shown tremendous loyalty to the PGA Tour many times, and him not being informed of this crucial decision was a breach of his trust. 


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Seeing all this, the question arises: will Woods return to the PGA Tour now? The 82-time PGA Tour winner had a short-lived season this year after he withdrew from the Masters after complaining of plantar fasciitis. He also withdrew from the PGA Championship, citing health reasons. The upcoming two majors are also uncertain for the golfing legend as he still recovers from an ankle surgery.

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The question of when the Golf Hall of Famer will return is still hanging. He may choose to play for the PGA Tour when he returns, or he may just retire from the sport that has given him everything. This is not the first time when PGA Tour and commissioner Jay Monahan, have overlooked the golfer’s loyalty. 

After the PGA Tour commissioner breached Woods’ and other golfers’ trust, he tried to make amends with his interview with a reputed media house. 

Jay Monahan tries to revive Woods’ and the Tour’s cordial relationship


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During Monahan’s interview after the PGA Tour announced the merger, an intriguing question about not sharing information about the deal with the 15-time major champion was brought up. The PGA Tour commissioner said that he could not reveal the deal to anyone given the sensitivity of the matter. He also said that an announcement has been made of a merger and not a definitive agreement. 

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He then said that he would take the golf legend’s and other golfers’ opinions into consideration when finalizing the definitive contract. The commissioner will do so because the perspective of the PGA Tour pros matters a lot, and it is only the right thing to do. 


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With his remarks during the interview and trying to ensure that he will take Woods’ opinion into consideration, do you think Woods will forget this breach of trust? Will the opinion of PGA Tour pros actually matter? Let us know what you think in the comments below. 



Riya Singhal

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Riya Singhal is a promising golf writer at EssentiallySports. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers with a strong passion for golf writing. Despite being in her early days, Riya has already showcased exceptional talent in her coverage of the sport, with her article on Brooks Koepka's kind gesture towards a young fan after his Masters loss quickly rising to the top of the charts.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui