Tiger targeted by drivers of rich league for premier tee-off

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 13 Feb 2020

Tiger Woods has been approached by organizers of what is proposed to be the Premier Golf League.

"We're trying to figure it out just like everyone else," he said of an envisaged 18-event tour.

The league would run from January to September with 48-player fields in a four-man, 12-team format battling for purses of US$10 million (HK$77.8 million) at 54-hole events.

There would be an individual US$2 million top prize at each event and team prize money.

Organizers want to draw top players from the US and European PGA Tours, but it is unclear how they could compete on the new circuit and maintain ties with the tours that made them stars.

"We've been down this road before," Woods said at California's Riviera Country Club prior to the US Tour's Genesis Invitational.

He cited the World Golf Championships as a series created to bring together the world's best golfers at events outside the four major championships and the US Tour's Players Championship.

Woods would be 46 if the league meets a target of a 2022 start, and he would be a top draw on any circuit.

But the ties of players like Woods to established tours - he serves as host of this week's event at Riviera, which benefits his charitable foundation - make the matter complicated.

Five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson has said he found the proposal "intriguing."

In releasing plans for the league, the World Golf Group said it was their intention "to work with rather than challenge existing tours."

But PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan reportedly has written to players to say the proposed league schedule is in conflict with the US circuit.

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