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The PGA Tour has something LIV Golf will never have: Tiger Woods.
On Tuesday, Woods traveled to Wilmington, Delaware, for a meeting with the Tour’s top players to discuss the expansion of LIV Golf as rumors of more defectors continue to grow, but it was Woods’ presence that sent the strongest message.
“It’s impactful, and I think it shows how much he cares about the Tour,” Rory McIlroy, who was also in attendance, said, via USA Today. “I think it shows how much he cares about the players that are coming through and are going to be the next generation.
“Like it or not, they can’t really sell Tiger Woods anymore. The Tour had an easy job for 20 years. They don’t have Tiger — yes, they’ve got a bunch of us and we’re all great players, but we’re not Tiger Woods,” he continued.
“He is the hero that we’ve all looked up to. 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.”
Greg Norman, the commissioner of LIV Golf and CEO of LIV Golf Investments, revealed earlier this summer that Woods turned down an enormous offer between $700 million and $800 million to join the rival circuit.
“I think it’s pretty apparent that whenever we all get in the room, there’s an alpha in there, and it’s not me,” McIlroy said.
The meeting was reportedly called in order to “rally support” around the PGA Tour as LIV Golf continues to cause controversy and more of the world’s top golfers make the jump to the Saudi-backed professional circuit.
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.