Tiger Woods confirms approach by Premier Golf League

Tiger Woods (Credit: Getty Images)

Tiger Woods has revealed he has been approached by the organizers of the Premier Golf League, a proposed rival competition to the PGA Tour.

Speaking to the media ahead of this week’s Genesis Invitational, Woods said: “Have I been personally approached? Yes, and my team’s been aware of it and we’ve delved into the details of it and trying to figure it out just like everyone else.

“We’ve been down this road before with World Golf Championships and other events being started, or other tours want to evolve and started. There’s a lot of information that we’re still looking at and whether it’s reality or not, but just like everybody else, we’re looking into it,” Woods said.

Last month, the World Golf Group (WGG) organization unveiled plans for the 18-event Premier Golf League, which offers a total prize purse of $240m (€217.7m) and is scheduled to debut in January 2022.

An eight-month season would start in January, with 10 of the 18 tournaments being held in the United States. WGG is seeking to sign up 48 players, with an individual champion to be decided after the 17th event and the finale to be staged as a team play-off.

It remains to be seen if the project gets off the ground, however.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has drawn a tough line for any players who may be interested in joining the PGL, warning that members can only compete in one of the organizations.

“If the Team Golf Concept or another iteration of this structure becomes a reality in 2022 or at any time before or after, our members will have to decide whether they want to continue to be a member of the PGA Tour or play on a new series,” Monahan told the players in an emailed letter.

Monahan also noted that PGA Tour members are limited to three conflicting event “releases” under current regulations.