Tiger Woods on Meeting LIV Golf Players at Masters

Tiger Woods has admitted he is unsure how he will react to meeting LIV Golf players at this year’s Masters at Augusta National.[0] Woods spoke at a press conference on Tuesday at Riviera Country Club, where he will make his first PGA Tour start since last year’s Open Championship.[1]

“I don't know because I haven't been around them,” Woods said.[2] “Some of the players out here have – for instance, Rory was in Dubai with some of those players. I don't know, I don't know what that reaction's going to be. I know that some of our friendships have certainly taken a different path, but we'll see when all that transpires. That is still a couple months away.”[3]

He went on to say that, due to his competitive nature, he could never settle for just being an ambassador for the game, rather than playing it.[4] He asserted, “My goal is to win whenever I'm playing.”[4] As a competitor, I find it difficult to comprehend that the players have played and acted as ambassadors in order to develop the game.[5]

Woods is making his PGA Tour comeback at the Genesis Invitational this week, and Scottie Scheffler reclaimed the world number one ranking after successfully defending his Waste Management Phoenix Open title with a two-stroke victory on Sunday.[6]

The Champions Dinner is going to be obviously something that’s talked about,” Woods said.[7] “We as a whole need to honour Scottie, Scottie’s the winner, it’s his dinner. We must ensure that Scottie is honoured properly, and also acknowledge the circumstances, those who have gone, and what we are facing legally and emotionally. There is much to consider.

0. “Tiger Woods Admits He Doesn't Know How He'll React To LIV Players At Masters” Golf Monthly, 14 Feb. 2023, https://www.golfmonthly.com/news/tiger-woods-admits-he-doesnt-know-how-hell-react-to-liv-players-at-masters

1. “Amid LIV tensions, Tiger Woods isn't sure how Masters Champions Dinner will play out, but they ‘need to honor Scottie'” GolfDigest.com, 14 Feb. 2023, https://www.golfdigest.com/story/tiger-woods-masters-champions-dinner-liv-golf-phil-mickelson-fred-couples-rory-mcilroy

2. “Tiger Woods unsure on how he will react around LIV Golf rebels ahead of PGA Tour return” The Mirror, 15 Feb. 2023, https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/golf/tiger-woods-liv-golf-masters-29225221

3. “Tiger Woods admits to some apprehension in being around LIV Golf League members at Masters” Yahoo Sports, 14 Feb. 2023, https://sports.yahoo.com/tiger-woods-admits-apprehension-being-215504513.html

4. “Despite Idolizing Him, Tiger Woods Strongly Reasons Why He Will Not Follow in Arnold Palmer’s Footsteps” EssentiallySports, 15 Feb. 2023, https://www.essentiallysports.com/golf-news-despite-idolizing-him-tiger-woods-strongly-reasons-why-he-will-not-follow-in-arnold-palmers-footsteps/

5. “Tiger Woods Still Believes He Can Win—But What Happens When He No Longer Holds That Belief?” Barstool Sports, 14 Feb. 2023, https://www.barstoolsports.com/blog/3456383/tiger-woods-still-believes-he-can-winbut-what-happens-when-he-no-longer-holds-that-belief

6. “Tiger Woods: LIV Golf row has created a ‘very turbulent' period for the sport” sportsmax.tv, 15 Feb. 2023, https://www.sportsmax.tv/other-sports/column1/golf/item/114455-tiger-woods-liv-golf-row-has-created-a-very-turbulent-period-for-the-sport

7. “Tiger Woods expects awkward Masters champions dinner with LIV rebels” The Guardian, 15 Feb. 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2023/feb/14/tiger-woods-expects-awkward-masters-champions-dinner-with-liv-rebels