Tiger Woods took the podium for his press conference at the Hero World Challenge. This came just hours after Tiger announced he was withdrawing from the Hero World Challenge in The Bahamas. But as the host he is obviously omnipresent at the event and kept his press conference on the books.
Early in the press conference, Tiger Woods was asked about LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman and the future of LIV Golf and the PGA Tour, if there even is one. Tiger emphatically said that Greg Norman needs to go. He added that he believes there is a path forward for the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to work together, just not with Greg Norman involved.
Tiger Woods on LIV Golf: "Greg (Norman) has to go, first of all."
— Dan Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) November 29, 2022
🚨 | Tiger Woods has called for Greg Norman to step down from LIV Golf, saying there is an opportunity for a path forward for both sides if all litigation is dropped… pic.twitter.com/zrJmGqJal8
— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) November 29, 2022
There is ongoing litigation between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. The caveat Tiger added is he’s open to talks as long as LIV Golf puts a ‘stay’ on the lawsuit against the PGA Tour:
Tiger said he is open to talks with LIV Golf if they "stay" the lawsuit against the PGA Tour and Greg Norman steps down as CEO of the breakaway circuit.
— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) November 29, 2022
Tiger Woods also spoke on conversations he’s had with players about LIV Golf:
Tiger on the conversations he's had with other players about LIV Golf: pic.twitter.com/OGzggNNgAS
— Golf Today (@GCGolfToday) November 29, 2022
He said the overarching message is the PGA Tour cannot compete dollar-for-dollar with LIV Golf. But they can offer better opportunities for younger players and the prestige of the PGA Tour. Woods discussed the importance of having ‘a legacy’ which is non-existent in LIV Golf. Tiger also discussed the ways the PGA Tour can increases purses and reward players that are superstars.
Tiger’s response to this question about Phil Mickelson and LIV Golf is pretty priceless
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) November 29, 2022
This is obviously a monumental statement from Tiger Woods. And it’s not the first time a PGA Tour star has spoken out about the need for Greg Norman to leave LIV Golf. Rory McIlRoy recently tore into Greg Norman and reiterated the need for LIV Golf to find a new CEO.