Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have teamed up to run a new PGA Tour ‘stadium’ competition, according to reports.
Woods and McIlroy have been two of the PGA Tour’s biggest supporters amid golf’s battle between the traditional Tour and the new Saudi-backed LIV golf series and the pair have taken it upon themselves to help fight back.
The plan was shared with their fellow pros at the crunch players-only meeting held in Wilmington, Delaware on August 16, which is believed to have been organized in response to the ongoing threat from LIV Golf.
The duo have proposed a series of one-day events that will take place in front of a live audience, be state-of-the-art and take place in a non-green stadium environment, according to golf week.
The events will be run in partnership with the PGA Tour and will complement, rather than conflict with, the Tour schedule.
They would launch in 2024 and run from January to March with a final scheduled for later in the season.
Tiger Woods (R) and Rory McIlroy (L) have teamed up to launch new PGA Tour ‘stadium’ events
Broadcast and gaming partners are reportedly being discussed with NBC Sports touted as a potential media partner.
It’s unclear exactly what the events will entail, but more details are expected to be revealed by commissioner Jay Monahan at the Tour Championship next week.
The project has taken Woods and McIlroy two years to complete and the duo pitched the idea to other anti-LIV pros last Tuesday as the movement against the Saudi-backed breakaway has gained momentum in recent times. weeks.
More details expected to be revealed by Jay Monahan at Tour Championship
LIV Golf has already managed to lure some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour, such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, with mega-money deals.
However, Woods and McIlroy remained loyal to the PGA, with the former apparently rejecting an $800 million offer to join the rebel series.
The project, as well as their united stance against the rebel series, would have brought them closer together.
Dustin Johnson (pictured right with Donald Trump) was drawn to the LIV Golf Series
Woods and McIlroy hosted an informal players meeting to discuss the fight against LIV Golf at last month’s JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Ireland ahead of the follow-up meeting this week.
Woods took off from Stuart, Fla. Tuesday midday with Rickie Fowler and two hours later landed on the east coast, just a half-hour drive from Wilmington, Delaware, where the BMW Championship was being played this week.
The encounter lasted 3h30 and was described as “good” by a player, as reported ESPN.
The duo have been working on the project for over two years and have grown closer
The 15-time Major winner is pictured leaving the PGA Tour golfers meeting on Tuesday
The idea was pitched to their peers as a long-term opportunity for players to build equity in the company, which will benefit from private funding in addition to partnerships and sponsorships.
The proposal was reportedly well received by the 22 stars who attended the meeting and the plan, along with other discussed suggestions, was passed on to Monahan.
The PGA Tour chief is believed to be already on board the new events with details on the format, potential attendees, experiential elements and planned location of the events expected to be announced by Monahan at East Lake.
The best golfers in the world gathered at the five-star Hotel du Pont to draw up an action plan
Woods’ private jet, pictured in 2010, which flew him from Florida to Philadelphia on Tuesday
Woods walked away from Hotel du Pont after acting as ‘alpha’ in fight against LIV Golf
Monahan is scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the Tour Championship, but a PGA Tour spokesperson declined to comment on what he might discuss, according to golf week.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, McIlroy hailed Woods as the ‘alpha’ of the group, revealing the 46-year-old had come through with a hands-on approach to finding ‘concrete steps’ to secure the Tour’s future. .
“We are all great players but we are not Tiger Woods,” the Northern Irishman said on Wednesday. “He is the hero we have all looked up to and his voice carries farther than anyone else in the game of golf. His role is to guide us to a place where we all think we should be.
“I think it’s pretty obvious that every time we all walk into the room, there’s an alpha in there and it’s not me. He cares a lot.
The Northern Irishman hailed Woods for his role in leading the PGA Tour Players’ Meeting
Woods acted as ‘alpha’ when meeting world’s best players, says McIlroy
McIlroy and his colleagues remained tight-lipped about what was agreed at the meeting, but it is understood the Tour’s top players have agreed to try to find ways to face each other more often – while avoiding the LIV Golf’s rivals outside of the majors.
Xander Schauffele, ranked sixth in the world, said there were “new” and “fresh” ideas raised at the meeting.
And Woods was at the center of the attempted unity among those who didn’t defect to LIV Golf.
Of Woods’ contribution, McIlroy added: “It shows how much he cares about the tour, it shows how much he cares about the players who are coming in and who will be the next generation.”
“He carried the tour for a long, long time. The players who were his contemporaries, we all took advantage of that.