In a swift response to multiple players’ complaints about the PGA Tour’s lack of transparency before its surprising alliance with the DP World Tour and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the PGA Tour added Tiger Woods as a sixth player director and made significant changes to its governance structure on Tuesday.
In a statement, the PGA Tour said the player directors and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan will work to amend the influential policy board’s governing documents to ensure that “no major decision can be made in the future without the prior involvement and approval” of player directors.
“Player leaders joined together to uphold the Tour’s core principles and ask that certain steps be taken immediately, and Monahan has agreed to support the players and their requests,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. The tour also said recently hired special adviser Colin Neville “will be fully aware of the state of the negotiations contemplated” by the framework agreement, “and, as such, Neville will be provided with full access to any documents or information that he requests as being necessary for him to carry out his duties on behalf of the players.”
“Accordingly, the player directors will have full transparency and the authority to approve — or to decline to approve — any potential changes to the Tour as part of the framework agreement discussions,” the PGA Tour’s statement said.
“I think it’s important,” Justin Thomas told reporters at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Tuesday. “I think it’s very obvious that a pretty good amount of us were frustrated and taken back with how some things took place. You know, we were just kind of put in a funky or tough position with how stuff was handled in the past.
“We want to have a say of what’s going on because, you know, it is our tour as well, and how it’s structured and how it looks is important to us. So we would like to have a little bit of a say-so on how that looks.”
One of the players’ demands was that Woods, a 15-time major champion, be named a player director. Woods was also kept in the dark about the PGA Tour’s planned partnership with the DP World Tour and PIF until shortly before the deal was announced on June 6.
“I am honored to represent the players of the PGA Tour,” Woods said in a statement. “This is a critical point for the Tour, and the players will do their best to make certain that any changes that are made in Tour operations are in the best interest of all Tour stakeholders, including fans, sponsors and players.