Tiger Woods' staggering move amid $3 billion LIV Golf controversy

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Tiger Woods, pictured here in action at The 150th Open at St Andrews.
Tiger Woods in action at The 150th Open at St Andrews. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Tiger Woods was set to meet with a group of fellow PGA Tour players on Tuesday to discuss the increasing threat of the Greg Norman-led LIV Golf series.

According to Fire Pit Collective and ESPN, Woods was set to attend a player meeting in Wilmington, Delaware - where the second of the tour's three FedEx Cup playoffs tournaments begins on Thursday.

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An unnamed PGA Tour player told ESPN: "It's a meeting to get the top 20 players in the world on the same page on how we can continue to make the PGA Tour the best product in professional golf."

Woods is not competing in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but the 15-time major champion has reportedly elected to travel to Delaware to meet fellow professionals involved in the BMW Championship.

The 46-year-old is reportedly trying to garner support among fellow PGA Tour players amid the battle with the breakaway LIV series.

A meeting for the PGA Tour player advisory council is also scheduled for Tuesday, and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is reportedly set to address the players separately.

Fire Pit Collective wrote in an article on Monday: "Supposedly everything is on the table, from major championship boycotts to Monahan's future to a larger compromise (with LIV)."

Jon Rahm told Associated Press: “There is a player meeting, but that’s all I can tell you about that."

The Saudi-funded LIV circuit, led by Aussie legend Norman and backed by a reported $3 billion, has pulled numerous star players away from the PGA Tour with nine-figure guarantees.

The LIV roster currently includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

Tiger Woods and Greg Norman, pictured here at the Australian Open in 2011.
Tiger Woods and Greg Norman at the Australian Open in 2011. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Cameron Smith reportedly set to join LIV Golf

Australian star Cameron Smith, currently ranked second in the world, has been heavily linked to a move to the LIV tour too, but has declined to confirm or deny the news.

After playing last week's playoffs opener, Smith has pulled out of this week's BMW Championship in Wilmington due to hip discomfort.

However he still easily qualifies for the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Players who have competed in LIV events were suspended by the PGA Tour, and last week a California court sided with the PGA Tour in its decision to ban LIV players from the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Cameron Smith, pictured here at the FedEx St Jude Championship.
Cameron Smith at the FedEx St Jude Championship. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of the British Open, Woods publicly backed the PGA Tour amid a flood of player defections.

"I disagree with (players jumping to LIV). I think that what they've done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position," he said.

"Some of these players may not ever get a chance to play in major championships. That is a possibility. We don't know that for sure yet.

"It's up to all the major championship bodies to make that determination. But that is a possibility that some players will never, ever get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience (the Open Championship), walk down the fairways at Augusta National. That, to me, I just don't understand it."

Norman revealed earlier this month that Woods declined an offer of about AU$1 billion to join LIV.

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