Golf Star Slams PGA-LIV’s Lack Of Player Consultation
Golf star Tiger Woods was left “frustrated” by the lack of player consultation in the PGA Tour’s talks with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) before their announcement of a framework agreement, the 15-time major winner said.
The agreement stunned the golf world and raised concerns in Washington over Saudi Arabia’s role in the deal and the risks posed by a foreign government entity assuming control over the sport.
Critics have accused the PIF of being a vehicle for the country to improve its reputation, or “sports-washing,” as it faces criticism of its human rights record. The framework agreement is set to expire on December 31st and while Woods said there were “multiple options” they still wanted a deal done by the end of the year.
“My reaction was surprised, just like I’m sure a lot of the players were taken aback,” said Woods, who is set to make his first PGA Tour start since undergoing ankle surgery in April at this week’s Hero World Challenge.
Woods joined the PGA Tour’s policy board as player director in August. The 47-year-old, who has played a limited schedule since suffering serious leg injuries in a 2021 car crash, also said he would keep playing until he feels that he can no longer be in contention for titles