Tiger Woods calls on Greg Norman to quit and says LIV series is a threat to golf’s future


Tiger Woods continues to battle two foes: his well being and the LIV Golf sequence.

Key factors:

  • Woods stated the LIV tour was not in the perfect pursuits of the way forward for golf
  • A fortnight earlier, Rory McIlroy stated Greg Norman wanted to ‘exit stage left’
  • Woods additionally revealed his plantar fasciitis was associated to his 2021 automotive accident

In feedback made on Tuesday on the Hero World Problem within the Bahamas, Woods hit out on the LIV Golf sequence, which is funded by the Saudis and led by former main champion Greg Norman.

The LIV and PGA excursions have ongoing litigation in opposition to one another, and Woods agrees with Rory McIlroy — who spoke out earlier this month in opposition to Norman — that the 2 circuits cannot work collectively till Norman is out of the image.

“There isn’t a willingness to barter when you’ve got litigation in opposition to you,” stated Woods, an 82-time winner on the PGA Tour.

“I believe Greg has to go to start with.

“It has to start out with management on their facet, understanding that what is occurring proper now will not be the perfect future for the entire sport of golf. It’s essential have the 2 our bodies come collectively and if one facet has a lot animosity, making an attempt to destroy our tour, then how do you’re employed with that?”

Norman and Smith pose with a black trophy. Each Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have referred to as for Greg Norman (left) to go. (Getty: Alex Goodlett)

His remarks echo the speaking factors of McIlroy, who two weeks in the past stated Norman “must go”.

“I believe he simply must exit stage left,” McIlroy stated previous to the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

“He is made his mark, however I believe now’s the suitable time to form of say, ‘Look, you have bought this factor off the bottom, however nobody goes to speak except there’s an grownup within the room that may really attempt to mend fences.'”

Woods had two undisclosed surgical procedures following automotive crash

Woods additionally disclosed that he had two unreported surgical procedures following the intense leg accidents he sustained in a single-car crash in February 2021 in Los Angeles.

Whereas declining to supply additional particulars of the procedures, Woods stated his present bout with plantar fasciitis was linked to the leg damage.

The appropriate foot situation will maintain him from taking part in this week within the Hero World Problem, which Woods hosts yearly.

Tiger Woods looks ahead as he completes a swing with his driver Tiger Woods has struggled with a proper foot damage. (Getty Photographs: Andrew Redington)

He stated he nonetheless plans to play in two occasions — The Match on December 10 and the PNC Championship the next week — due to much less strain on his decrease physique since he can trip in a cart.

“It was a tricky determination simply because I need to play,” Woods stated.

“I like taking part in, I like competing, however sadly, I can hit the golf ball and hit no matter shot you need, I simply can’t stroll.

“I’ve had a couple of setbacks throughout the 12 months that I nonetheless was in a position to one way or the other play by way of, however this one I simply can’t. Solely time can heal this one, and keep off my toes and get plenty of remedy achieved.”

At The Match, he’ll pair with world primary Rory McIlroy in a 12-hole match underneath the lights in opposition to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas at Pelican Golf Membership in Belleair, Florida. 

On the PNC, he’ll play along with his 13-year-old son, Charlie.

“Charlie will simply hit all of the photographs and I will simply get the putts out of the opening, so fairly simple there,” Woods stated.

“However aside from that, in The Match we’re taking part in in, we’re flying in carts.”

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