Tiger Woods has taken a swing at the Saudi-backed LIV Golf, subtly pointing out that his TGL was a superior alternative compared to the LIV.
The TGL, a league he helped found with Rory McIlroy, is set to begin in January in South Florida and will consist of six teams playing indoor golf, offering a modern take on the traditional sport. Even though LIV also has teams, Woods expressed confusion about the league’s direction.
“Some of the stuff I’ve seen in LIV … I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on,” Woods said during a press conference on Tuesday, as reported by the Associated Press. “Here, it’s very simple.”
Woods has been vocal in his disapproval of both LIV and PGA Tour players who switched to the new league. Woods declined an offer from LIV Golf and has remained one of the PGA’s most dedicated supporters, according to the New York Post.
“The players who have chosen to go to LIV and play there, I disagree with it,” Woods said at the Masters in 2022. “I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Woods had become part of the ownership group for the TGL’s Jupiter Links Golf Club, which is the league’s sixth and final franchise, and he will also be playing for the team.
McIlroy has also promoted the TGL and indirectly criticized LIV. He suggested that LIV either hasn’t innovated enough to stay true to traditional golf or has innovated excessively, moving away from the sport’s traditional roots.
The TGL, set to launch on January 9, offers a distinctive approach by combining golf simulators and actual shots on a technology-infused synthetic green with adaptable contours.