‘He Takes The Future Of The PGA Tour Very Seriously’ – Thomas On Woods Policy Board Move

Justin Thomas has given his backing to the appointment of Tiger Woods as a Player Director on the PGA Tour Policy Board

Justin Thomas during the 2023 3M Open
Justin Thomas thinks Tiger Woods is ideal for the role of Player Director on the PGA Tour's Policy Board
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Justin Thomas has given his backing to the appointment of Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour Policy Board, saying the 15-time Major winner takes the future of the Tour "very seriously."

The two-time PGA Champion is preparing for a crucial appearance in the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club, where he’s hoping to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in the final tournament of the regular season.

Before taking on that challenge, though, he expressed his approval of Woods’ appointment to the position of Player Director, which has come in the aftermath of the PGA Tour’s merger with the Saudi Public Investment Fund that finances LIV Golf.

He said: “Yeah, I'm obviously excited to have Tiger on behalf of the players. I mean, I know that he takes it very seriously. I think he's spoken to it some, but obviously his relationship with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and what they did to basically create the PGA Tour, kind of what it is now."

The move coincided with a statement from the PGA Tour, which expressed a desire “to ensure that the Tour lives up to its mission of being a player-driven organization, ‘for the players, by the players.’”

That comes after the merger announcement was initially met by anger from some PGA Tour players, particularly over the secretive nature of the negotiations and their lack of involvement, with Monahan facing calls to resign.

Thomas, though, explained that Woods – who he is close friends with – would be the perfect player to help the PGA Tour navigate its next steps. He said: “We've been dealt with some roadblocks, if you will, or just some difficult circumstances. I think he takes it seriously that he is going to be a part of paving the way for the future and the current I guess I don't know if you want to call it structure or whatever of the PGA Tour."

Thomas also explained that Woods taking up the position is a sign that he still cares deeply about he future of then PGA Tour. He continued: “He takes the future of the PGA Tour very seriously and he wants it to be in the best hands possible and it to be in the best position possible. 

Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas at the 2023 Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club

Justin Thomas says Tiger Woods takes the future of the PGA Tour "very seriously"

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"I think it would be very easy for someone like him, all he's done, just kind of like, what do I need to do, I've made the Tour what it is, where it's at financially, all the sponsors, TV deals whatever, and it would be pretty easy for him to just hide under a rock the rest of his life and be just fine. But that's not who he is, he wants to continue to see the PGA Tour grow and succeed.“

Thomas also explained the importance of the players having a say in the direction of the Tour, particularly in light of the huge changes that have been made following the emergence of LIV Golf. He said: “I think it's very obvious last year 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.”

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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