Money is apparently thicker than blood in the ongoing battle for golf supremacy between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.
Three days after one top player said those at Tuesday’s players-only meeting led by Tiger Woods at the Hotel Du Pont ahead of this week’s BMW Championship in Wilmington, Del., took a “blood oath” when it came to to keep details of the meeting secret, those details began to emerge on Saturday. Chief among them: A plan in which the Tour would hold 18 tournaments with 60 players and $20 million, according to Sports Illustrated and The Firepit Collective.
A source also confirmed the details of the meeting with The Post on Saturday.
It’s just one step among many being discussed as the Tour tries to thwart the controversial Saudi-backed rival league, which has $25 million in purses and has already poached Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka for huge, reported nine-figure deals that are guaranteed . just to join.
Another detail to be revealed was talk of the Tour giving up its non-profit status, which, according to The Firepit Collective, Woods and Rory McIlroy, who was also at the meeting, would support. Doing so would cost the Tour about $20 million to $50 million annually, the report said, but it would also give it financial freedom it currently lacks.
While the Tour cannot compete with the infinitely deep pockets of LIV, which is backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, valued at more than $600 billion, by privatizing and thus major players could be paid handsomely as they were with LIV.
Among other ideas discussed at the meeting, which lasted more than three hours, included an annual scholarship for players and whether the Tour should meet with LIV.
“Everybody in the room left in a better place and excited about what might be coming,” one player who attended the meeting told The Post earlier in the week. “Every once in a while you can get a group of guys like that together [in the same room], that doesn’t happen often. Maybe it should have happened a while ago.”
Woods’ presence – he flew up specifically for the meeting from his home in South Florida, bringing Rickie Fowler with him – also went a long way with those in the room, which numbered more than 20 players in total.
According to a source at the meeting, “the Tour may have tried [with players] more than in the past too, which is good to see.”
Meanwhile, the Tour’s postseason will conclude at next week’s Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, where its FedEx Champion will be crowned, winning $18 million.
After that, though, at least a handful of players are expected to LIV throw it in that circuit’s next event, the following week outside of Boston. Reportedly among them is reigning British Open camp Cameron Smith.