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PGA Tour 2022, Tiger Woods leads player meeting about LIV Golf, news, FedEx Cup playoffs,

Tiger Woods led a US PGA Tour players-only meeting this week ahead of the BMW Championship on the threat posed by Saudi-backed LIV Golf and how to combat it.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and two-time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas confirmed Tuesday’s meeting on Wednesday, with McIlroy and his players collaborating on a plan of action going forward.

“The one thing that came out of it, I think the goal was, is that all the best players on this tour are in agreement and sort out where we need to be going forward,” McIlroy said.

“And that was cool.”

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Many famous players have left the PGA for the LIV Golf Series record purses and shorter events that have attracted stars such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau, and more than $25 million in purses. Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia.

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The PGA responded to the indefinite bans and paid the purse strings of several events, hoping to compete with the fortunes of the Saudi-backed circuit.

The exact details of what the players are looking for have not been revealed, but McIlroy said a key takeaway from the meeting was more opportunities for the world’s best golfers to play against each other outside of the majors.

“We’ve got to pick up the top guys instead of us,” McIlroy said. “I’m talking about everything in the same tournaments, all in the same weeks.”

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McIlroy now says the nature of the talks is a matter between the players and PGA Tour leaders.

“I don’t think this is a public forum right now,” McIlroy said. “I think this is about trying to manage the way forward between the players and the executives on the tour.”

In the year Woods, a 15-time major champion who is recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident in February 2021, made an effort to be in person at a meeting ahead of Thursday’s FedEx Cup playoff in Wilmington, Delaware.

“He had an impact and I think it shows how much he cares about the tour,” McIlroy said. This shows how much he cares about the upcoming and next generation of players.

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McIlroy made it clear that of all the players in the class, Woods was the one he paid the most attention to.

“He is the hero we all saw. His voice carries more than anyone else in the game of golf, McIlroy said. “His role is leading us to where we all think we should be.

“When we all walk into a room, there’s an alpha in there, and it’s obviously not me. He cares a lot.

It’s important to have Woods in the room, Thomas said.

“That was huge. He’s been a great leader in the game in so many ways for so many of us,” Thomas said.

“It came because it was so important to him. It probably wasn’t something he felt was appropriate to do or call in a highlight. I think that shows how much he loves golf and wants to improve it.”

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At events and telecasts, McIlroy announced it was time to sell Woods as the star attraction wore off.

“Like it or not, you can’t really sell Tiger Woods anymore,” McIlroy said. “Yes, there are many of us and we are all great players, but we are not Tiger Woods.

“He’s done the tour for a long, long time… We’re moving into a different era and we have to think about things a little bit differently.”

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