He says it is a “natural evolution” but Tiger Woods is wary of jumping ship to a proposed new world golf tour.
Woods said Tuesday he had been approached by the fledgling Premier Golf League (PGL) and has been digesting the details with his team.
The British-based World Golf Group hopes to lure the biggest stars to a highly lucrative global circuit to rival the PGA Tour and the European Tour — the game’s two major leagues.
The suggested format is for 48 of the top players to compete in 18 tournaments a year — each with a purse of $US10 million ($A14.8 million) — starting in 2022. The new tour would reportedly offer a total prize fund of $US240 million ($A357 million).
“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 all out, just like everyone else,” Woods told reporters ahead of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.
“There’s a lot of information that we’re still looking at and whether it’s reality or not.”
The PGA Tour is the premier professional circuit in the United States with about $341 million in prize money available across 46 official events, according to its website. The European Tour organizes events in Europe and around the world, outside the US, with about $US230 million ($A342 million) up for grabs.
The four majors — the Masters, the PGA Championship, the US Open and the Open — are separate entities but are co-sanctioned, as are the four World Golf Championships events. Eligible players can compete on both tours as long as they fulfill a minimum requirement of events on their home circuit.
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