Tiger Woods said the future of men’s professional golf is “murky” as the PGA Tour continues negotiations with the Saudi Public Investment Fund that finances LIV Golf.
“The answer is murky,” Woods said on Tuesday. “There are quite a bit of options and moving parts about how we could play. Whether it’s here at the PGA Tour, or merging, or team golf. There are a lot of different aspects that are being thrown out all at once and we are trying to figure all that out.
“What is the best solution for all parties and what is the best solution for a the players that are involved?”
With other potential investors investors reportedly stepping forward, Woods said the focus remains on completing the framework deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund by the original end-of-year deadline, but that is not the only scenario.
“We have multiple options, but still we would like to have a deal done Dec. 31,” Woods said. “That’s what the deal said this summer. But there are other options out there.”
Woods has been largely silent since the agreement between the PGA Tour and PIF was announced during RBC Canadian Open week in June.
“My reaction was surprised,” Woods said of the June announcement. “So quickly and without any input or information … I was very surprised that the process was what it was. We were very frustrated with what happened.”
The 15-time major champion has joined the PGA Tour policy board as a player director and is involved in negotiations.
“I’m pleased at the process and also frustrated at the slowness of some of the governance change that we wanted to happen,” he said.
Woods was asked whether he supports PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who took the brunt of the criticism from players following the surprise agreement with the Saudis.
“I do have faith in Jay and what he can do going forward and what can’t happen again,” he said.
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“I was frustrated at the fact that the players were never involved and this is our tour. We were all taken aback by it. And it happened so quickly without any of our involvement, no one knew. That can’t happen again.”
Woods said the target for a deal is still original Dec. 31 deadline and said an extension is possible.
“I am confident that a deal will get done in some way,” Woods said. “Everyone is working right now with no animosity.”