15-time Major winner Tiger Woods has become the subject of interest from the organisers of the Premier Golf League.
Established with the view to rival the PGA Tour, the Premier Golf League stands to offer more prize money than the PGA Tour given it will involve 48 players across 18 events.
And the total prize fund of £183m was a matter Woods did not comment on, as his team check the veracity of the league. Check yourself into the betting markets on offer at guia de apuestas deportivas.
“My team’s aware of it and have delved into the details of it,” said the 15-time major winner.
“There’s a lot of information that we’re still looking at and whether it’s a reality or not.”
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan issued a ‘either you’re with us or you’re not’ choice to players, likewise European Tour counterpart Keith Pelley.
“Just like all events you’re trying to get the top players to play more collectively,” added Woods, who was speaking at a news conference before the start of the Genesis Invitational.
“It’s one of the reasons why we instituted the World Golf Championships because we were only getting together about five times a year – the four majors and the Players [Championship] – and we wanted to showcase the top players on more than just those occasions.
“This is a natural evolution, whether things like this are going to happen… but ideas like this are going to happen going forward, whether it’s now or any other time in the future.”
Justin Rose, whose is managed by the same man as Woods, has since weighed in on how viable the competition is with conversation abound in locker rooms.
“It’s increasingly becoming talked about in the locker room,” Rose told the Daily Mail. “There are a lot of incentives for the guys to be interested.”
The growing number of players who are not instantly rejecting the rebel concept, despite warnings that they would lose their playing rights on the PGA and European Tours, will concern the established authorities.
Whether the British-based World Golf Group succeed remains highly questionable. But a recurring theme from the biggest names is emerging.
“What it boils down to is a redistribution of the economics in golf, the media rights and all that, in favour of the most marketable players,” Olympic champion Rose said.
“Format-wise, it would draw all the top players together each time and we’d all like that.”
In other words they want a bigger slice of the money they generate and the biggest names want to be playing against each other more regularly.
To fend off the rebel circuit the established tours may need to rethink the structure of the men’s calendar.
“Hundreds of questions need answering and right now they’re not being answered very quickly,” Rose added.