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Tiger Woods joins PGA Tour advisory board; spells doom for LIV Golf deal


Tiger Woods was added as a Participant Director to the PGA Tour’s coverage board Tuesday. He joined Patrick Cantlay, Charlie Hoffman, Peter Malnati, Webb Simpson and Rory McIlroy.

Practically each outlet reported Woods being added to the board. However lots of them missed the mark.

This transfer signifies a probably main shift in energy of negotiations with the Saudi Public Funding Fund (PIF).

Simply sooner or later prior on Monday, Woods and 40 different PGA Tour gamers together with Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and the remainder of its stars, despatched a letter to PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, per the Washington Publish. There have been two chief considerations expressed — transparency and voting energy.

By including Woods as a Participant Director, tour gamers now maintain six seats, making certain they’re not outnumbered.

The unbiased administrators embody Ed Herlily (Chairman), Jimmy Dunne, Mark Flaherty, Mary Meeker and the alternative for Randall Stephenson, who resigned amidst the information of the LIV Golf deal.

A twelfth seat exists for PGA of America Director John Lindert. Although that seat retains voting energy, it has typically not been a part of the voting course of previously.

“Accordingly, the Participant Administrators can have full transparency and the authority to approve — or to say no to approve — any potential adjustments to the Tour as a part of the Framework Settlement discussions,” the tour mentioned in its assertion Tuesday.

It stands to motive that Woods, possibly essentially the most influential participant within the sport’s historical past, will probably be very energetic in negotiations.

“I’m honored to characterize the gamers of the PGA TOUR. It is a crucial level for the TOUR, and the gamers will do their finest to make sure that any adjustments which can be made in TOUR operations are in the most effective curiosity of all TOUR stakeholders, together with followers, sponsors and gamers,” Woods mentioned in a press release.

Make observe of all the capital letters. He’s sending a message, reinforcing the place he stands.

The second a part of this was transparency.

PGA Tour gamers have brazenly expressed dismay with being left at the hours of darkness. Rahm, Scheffler, McIlroy have all been very outspoken on this matter.

Monahan is conscious that the gamers’ belief in him has eroded and appears to rectify that.

“I’m dedicated to taking the mandatory steps to revive any misplaced belief or confidence that occurred because of the shock announcement of our Framework Settlement,” Monahan mentioned.

Subsequently, he appointed Colin Neville of The Raine Group as a ‘third-party advisor’ to the golfers. Neville will probably be ‘absolutely conscious of the state of the negotiations contemplated by the Framework’s settlement… Neville will probably be supplied full entry to any paperwork or info that he requests as being essential for him to hold out his duties on behalf of the gamers,’ the assertion learn.

The PGA Tour had been listed as a company for the gamers, run by the gamers. However that very clearly has not been the case previously.

These governance adjustments look like the primary main shift in energy.

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