Tiger Woods breaks his silence on PGA Tour’s explosive merger with LIV Golf, insisting he did NOT read a pre-prepared script urging players to tell the Saudis to “fuck off”
- Documents claim a script for Tiger Woods was prepared during the golf civil war
- Woods claims that he had never seen the document and did not attend the meeting.
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Tiger Woods has broken his silence on the controversial golf merger between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour, insisting he never received a scripted speech in which he would have urged his fellow pros to tell Saudi Arabia to “fuck off.” “.
The comments, apparently prepared by the PGA Tour last summer as LIV Golf launched and golf’s civil war escalated, are contained in documents from a tour-related antitrust lawsuit in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Several pages, seen by DailyMail.com, show ‘potential talking points’ for Woods to raise at a players’ meeting at the Travelers Championship in June 2022.
Comments included praise for PGA boss Jay Monahan: ‘He’s the right guy for this war. He’s a fighter’, and advice to his fellow professionals.
‘When you ask – what can I do? I have two ideas: first, do what I did: tell the Saudis to fuck off. And mean it,” the document says.
Tiger Woods claims he never received a script to read during a players meeting last June
The document suggests that Woods would have praised PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan.
On Sunday, however, Woods issued a statement on Twitter, insisting that he had never seen the document and did not even attend the players’ meeting.
“In response to the talking points memo released this weekend, I have never seen this document until today, and did not attend the player meeting it was prepared for at Travelers 2022,” the 15-time major winner wrote.
Woods has not spoken publicly since the shock deal last month, when the PGA and DP World Tour announced a merger with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Woods has been sidelined with an ankle problem after withdrawing from this year’s Masters in April.
“I have never seen this document… and I did not attend the players’ meeting,” Woods wrote.
He missed both the PGA Championship and the US Open and will not participate in the next Open Championship.
Meanwhile, on Monday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman was seen at Wimbledon, sporting a LIV Golf baseball cap, as uncertainty continues over his role and the future of the rebel tour.
Monahan, Norman, and PIF Governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan were invited to testify about their unlikely union in front of the United States Senate on July 11.
Six-time major winner Nick Faldo recently suggested that LIV would “fade out simply because there wasn’t a lot of interest.”
“No one is really interested,” Faldo said. “They’re not going to get the sponsorship they want.”
Faldo also took aim at LIV’s team structure, claiming it is a poor imitation of the Ryder Cup.
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman was seen at Wimbledon on Monday sporting a LIV-branded hat.
“You see your teammates on the green and you say, ‘play well,'” Faldo added.
‘Then you see them in the goalscorers’ tent and you say: ‘What did you shoot?’ That’s all. A team is there helping, shoulder to shoulder. That’s a real team.
“You have the latest team event, the Ryder Cup, with the passion and the atmosphere,” he said. “They are not playing with the same passion and atmosphere as the Ryder Cup.”