Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were the biggest defenders on the PGA Tour against LIV Golf. Now they’re helping the Tour launch a new competition — a series of one-day events held in a stadium environment for the PGA’s biggest stars, according to Golfweek.
The events would complete the PGA Tour schedule from 2024, taking place from January to March with a final later in the schedule. It’s unclear exactly what they will entail, but more details are expected to be announced by PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan at the Tour Championship, per Golfweek. NBC Sports would have the option of being the media partner for the new series.
This project has apparently been in the works for more than two years, but the momentum has accelerated as the two have tried to galvanize their teammates against the LIV Tour, which has selected a number of top players to compete on the circuit. supported by Saudi Arabia. .
The two shared their plan with other golfers at the Aug. 16 players-only meeting, which Woods attended, per Golfweek, receiving positive reaction. Monahan would also be on board.
The PGA was caught off guard by the LIV Tour’s success in attracting players such as Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, but Woods and McIlroy – perhaps the sport’s two most recognizable names – held on, Woods reportedly turned down a high nine-figure offer from LIV.
Even so, the battle is expected to rage on, both in the courtroom and on the course, as the PGA simultaneously attempts to cut LIV’s lanes at relevance and fend off an antitrust lawsuit.
The Woods-McIlroy idea was reportedly touted as a chance for players to build equity and will be funded by private funds as well as partnerships and sponsors.