PGA Tour players ready to meet Governor Pif

"We hope to reach a solution soon, I am happy that this meeting can take place"

by Andrea Gussoni
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PGA Tour players ready to meet Governor Pif
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A meeting between representatives of the PGA Tour players and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is underway to try to unlock a negotiation that has been dragging on for too long.

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It is likely that a meeting is taking place in the Bahamas at this time, with the main objective being to break the deadlock and expedite the creation of a global golf circuit without divisions. Tiger Woods will also be present representing the PGA Tour.

"We hope to reach a solution soon, I am happy that this meeting can take place," said Rory McIlroy, the world's number 2, who, however, has not been part of the PGA Tour board of directors since last November. The PGA Tour is an organization that oversees the major professional golf tours in the United States.

It is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida. Its official name is written entirely in capital letters, namely "PGA TOUR." The PGA Tour became a separate organization in 1968 when it split from the PGA of America, which is now primarily an association of golf professionals such as teachers and club managers.

Tournament players initially formed their own organization, the Association of Professional Golfers (APG). Later, in 1968, the players disbanded the APG and agreed to operate as the PGA "Tournament Players Division," a fully autonomous division of the PGA, under the supervision of a new 10-member Tournament Policy Board.

The name officially changed to "PGA Tour" in 1975. In 1981, it faced a marketing dispute with the PGA of America and officially changed its name. Starting from the end of August of that year, it became the "TPA Tour," which stands for "Tournament Players Association." The controversy was resolved within seven months, and the tour reverted to its original name, "PGA Tour," in March 1982.

Due to the similarity in names, it is important to clarify what the PGA Tour organizes and what it does not. The PGA Tour does not manage any of the four major tournaments or the Ryder Cup. It is the PGA of America, not the PGA Tour, that organizes the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and co-organizes the Ryder Cup with the PGA European Tour.

The PGA Tour is not involved in women's tours in the United States, which are controlled by the LPGA. Additionally, the PGA Tour is not the official governing body for golf in the United States; that role belongs to the USGA, which also organizes the U.S.

Open. Instead, the PGA Tour organizes all other golf events week after week, including The Players Championship and the FedEx Cup, as well as the biennial Presidents Cup.

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