If in recent weeks former Masters winners (Scheffler, Olazabal, etc.) have wanted to defuse the unhealthy atmosphere that could be generated by the presence of several LIV Golf players, Tiger Woods, interviewed this Tuesday in Los Angeles on the sidelines of the Genesis Invitational (PGA Tour), was on the contrary somewhat circumspect on the question… What if Jon Rahm had been right? In the early days of 2023, for the resumption of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season in Hawaii, the Spaniard had stressed that he dreaded the atmosphere at the next Augusta Masters (April 6-9) with the presence many LIV Golf players.
Notice however very quickly mitigated by the title holder, Scottie Scheffler, who had in the process minimized this nevertheless embarrassing subject with a bit of humor.
Tiger Woods, statements
“I haven’t had the opportunity to meet many guys from LIV, but I saw Bubba Watson on my vacation this year and told him that I was just going to prepare a table for him just for him, in a corner…”, had breathed in a great burst of laughter the new world number 1, winner last Sunday of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
However, when he was asked this Tuesday the question of how he would manage being in the company of certain LIV Golf players, in particular during the dinner of champions organized the day before the first round of the Masters, Tiger Woods sowed doubt.
“I don’t know,” he said. I don’t know because I haven’t seen them. Some of the players here (this week at Genesis) did. Rory (McIlroy), for example, who was in Dubai with some of them. » I don’t know what my reaction will be.
I know some of our friendships certainly took a different path
Tiger Woods “No, frankly, I don’t know what my reaction will be,” continued the Tiger. I know some of our friendships certainly took a different path. We’ll see when it all happens.
It’s still a few months away…” Six LIV Golf players who won the Masters will be at this famous Champions dinner: Phil Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson. “We must above all honor Scottie (Scheffler), warned the quadruple winner of the green jacket.
Scottie is the outgoing champion, this is his dinner. It will therefore first be necessary to ensure that Scottie is honored correctly but also to realize the nature of what happened…”.
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