Tiger Woods’ crucial meeting with other anti-LIV PGA Tour pros on Tuesday would have gone well.
The star landed at Philadelphia International Airport in his private jet en route to Delaware for the BMW Championship talk.
Woods took off from Stuart, Florida at noon on Tuesday with Rickie Fowler and two hours later landed on the east coast, just a half-hour drive from Wilmington, Delaware, where the BMW Championship will be played out later this week.
The encounter lasted 3h30 and was described as “good” by a player, as reported ESPN.
The outlet also reports that the meeting was aimed at getting PGA Tour players to agree as the fightback against the Saudi-backed rebel event gathers momentum.
Suggestions would be raised with PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan.
Woods, whose trip was tracked by ADS-B Exchange, reportedly turned down a whopping $800 million offer to join Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau on the new series.
It was reported Monday that “everything was on the table” at Tuesday’s meeting, including possible major championship boycotts and the future of PGA Tour chief Monahan.
Tiger Woods touched down in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon en route to the BMW Championship
An online flight tracker recorded his trip from Florida to the East Coast and Philadelphia
Woods’ private jet, pictured in 2010, which flew him from Florida to Philadelphia on Tuesday
The 46-year-old American was expected to be one of the strongest voices around the table given his enormous stature in the game and the respect he has from his colleagues.
Woods has been outspoken in his disapproval of the defections and of LIV Golf itself, well beyond his rejection of CEO Greg Norman’s $800 million offer to join.
“Greg did things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game,” Woods said ahead of The Open Championship.
“I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we’ve done and what the Tour has given us, the ability to pursue our careers and win what we get and the trophies we’ve been able to play for and the history who was part of this game.
Greg Norman has become a destabilizing force in traditional golf as CEO of LIV Golf
Woods was part of talks between the PGA elite as they seek to curry favor with LIV
Rory McIlroy has been a hard-hitting and defiant voice for the PGA Tour since the inception of LIV
“I know Greg tried to do this in the early 90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how it’s in the interest Game.
As for players who left the Tour, Woods also had his say.
“I think what they’ve done is they’ve turned their backs on what got them into this position,” he added.
The former world number 1. Rory McIlroy sided with Woods in his condemnation of the separatist regime.
“There is no place in the golf world for LIV Golf,” said McIlroy CBS Sports.
“I don’t agree with what LIV is doing. If LIV left tomorrow, I would be super happy.
Norman hasn’t backed down since becoming commissioner/CEO of LIV Golf
Saudi-backed breakaway competition caused outcry in golf and media circles
WOODS PRIVATE JET
After amassing an impressive 15 victories in major golf championships – and a fortune of more than $1 billion – Tiger Woods can now fly to any course in the world on a whim, thanks to his Gulfstream G550.
“The G550 cabin is known for its luxurious design, great light and views – Gulfstream jets have signature large oval windows – and all versions come with built-in toilets and lockers,” said PrivateFly’s Twidell, the global private jet booking service, reveals.
The G550 has the efficiency to fly over 12,000 km nonstop for over 12 hours, comfortably seats 18 passengers, and reaches altitudes up to 51,000 feet.
Woods’ arrival in Wilmington comes a week after temporary restraining orders were imposed on Hudson Swafford, Talor Gooch and Matt Jones who deserted the Tour in favor of LIV Golf but still wanted to make the playoffs of the FedExCup.
Monahan would hold an entirely separate meeting with PGA members.
Meanwhile, Norman shrugged off the notion of concerns surrounding LIV Golf’s long-term viability.
“I don’t wake up with the slightest fear as to what LIV is and where LIV is going to go because LIV is the future of golf,” he told Forbes.
“What I do, I wake up at night: I worry about how the players have been treated. As simple as that.
‘LIV is the future of golf.
‘Why? Because you have these wonderful opportunities for us to [explore]from a sponsorship perspective, from a production perspective, from a game perspective, all aspects that have never been done in the game of golf before.
Delaware hosts the runners-up of three FedEx Cup playoffs, starting Thursday.