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PGA Tour announce new role for Tiger Woods ahead of LIV Golf merger

The golf icon is adding a new role to his resume following the surprising merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

Tiger Woods has agreed to join the PGA Tour’s Policy Board as a player director, following its controversial merger with Saudi-backed LIV Golf. The new position will see the 82-time PGA Tour champion work to uphold the PGA’s values of being a player-driven organization. Woods is the sixth player director on the board. Other members include Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson.



The appointment, made by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, will see players join the board as part of new transparency and governance measures. The board will ensure that players are better represented in Tour matters and have more of a say. The news comes months after the two rival tours agreed to merge, blindsiding both players and fans. The merger put an end to the ongoing litigation battle and will see LIV Golf defectors, such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, be allowed to rejoin PGA Tour events.



Following the news, Woods spoke out about his new role in a statement. “I am honored to represent the players of the PGA Tour,” he said. “This is a critical point for the Tour, and the players will do their best to make certain that any changes that are made in Tour operations are in the best interest of all Tour stakeholders, including fans, sponsors and players. “The players thank commissioner Monahan for agreeing to address our concerns, and we look forward to being at the table with him to make the right decisions for the future of the game that we all love. He has my confidence moving forward with these changes.”



Monahan echoed Woods’ statement, saying: “Tiger’s voice and leadership throughout his career have contributed immeasurably to the success of the PGA Tour, and to apply both to our governance and go-forward plan at this crucial time is even more welcomed and impactful. “I am committed to taking the necessary steps to restore any lost trust or confidence that occurred as a result of the surprise announcement of our Framework Agreement. My job in the negotiations – in partnership with our player directors, PAC and the broader membership – is to advocate for what is best for the PGA Tour members today and in the future. Any agreement we reach must be shaped by our members’ input and approval earned through our player directors.”

Woods’ new role will be in effect ahead of the Wyndham Championship taking place Aug. 3-6 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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