Tiger Woods: PGA Tour Board creates 'lifetime achievement exemption category' for golf legend (2024)

Tiger Woods has been given a lifetime exemption into PGA Tour Signature Events starting next year.

An additional Signature Events sponsor exemption will be created to recognise Woods in his own category having reached an exceptional lifetime achievement threshold of more than 80 career wins.

The exemption, voted through by the PGA Tour policy board, enables Woods to participate in all eight signature tournaments of the tour for the rest of his career, each of which has substantial prize money and limited fields.

The Tour also confirmed the Signature Events, which were established this year, will feature a minimum of 72 players from next season, two more than the current number.

Woods, who counts 15 majors among his 82 wins on the PGA Tour, has been playing a limited schedule for years due to several injuries and has not automatically qualified for these events.

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The 48-year-old has competed in only nine official PGA Tour events in the past three seasons since returning to action at the 2022 Masters. The only non-major event he has competed in is the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club outside Los Angeles, which he hosts.

In his first four starts this year, Woods withdrew from one event, finished last among those who made the cut at the Masters and then missed the cut at the PGA Championship and last week's US Open.

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In the US Open, Woods finished his two rounds seven over par, meaning that he missed the cut after ending just two shots over the limit with 74 golfers making the cut on five over.

Signature Events are limited-field tournaments featuring top players with increased prize money. In 2024, three of the eight Signature events featured a 36-hole cut while the remaining five did not have a cut.

For 2024, the top 50 players from the previous season's FedExCup points list through the Tour Championship were eligible to participate in all Signature Events this year.

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Scheffler 'not frustrated' as talks to reunite men's golf continue

A year on from the stunning Framework Agreement between PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Saudi Public Investment Fund governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan, talks continue between the parties to reunite men's golf.

A date of December 31, 2023 was set to conclude the deal to bring men's professional golf back together, but that passed without the Framework Agreement being ratified.

The PGA Tour's policy board held a meeting on Tuesday in Hartford, Connecticut, ahead of this weekend's
Travelers Championship - live on Sky Sports Golf - where they said progress is still being made.

World No1 Scottie Scheffler insisted he was not frustrated by a lack of progress over a deal being struck..

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"I'm not really too much a part of it, so I haven't really heard too much, so I don't know if they're going great or if they're going poorly, so your guess is as good as mine I think at this point," he said.

"Hopefully they will continue to progress, but we'll see.

"But definitely no frustration or anything like that for me. It's out of my control, so I'm not too worried about it.

"They have got a lot of big business decisions to make, and as far as my opinion goes, I sit on our PAC, but as far as input in the negotiations, I don't really have much to say at all. So the frustration, definitely not, but we'll see how things progress."

Sky Sports' Jamie Weir added: "We were hoping more would come out of it than it has. We were hearing whispers last week that the future of men's golf had been panned out, everyone had kissed and made up and this would happen, that would happen.

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"The details are very hazy. I have been sent a memo where they say they can't negotiate in public but we are making progress.

"Two weeks ago, the players that are trying to patch up the differences between the PGA and Saudi Public Investment Fund, met with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the chairman of PIF.

"They said they reached consensus on several items but both parties recognised there is still work to do to reach a final agreement and have a shared goal of what the best future is for men's golf."

LIV-PGA Tour - How did we get here

  • Nov 2019: Early framework of new tour to rival PGA Tour announced with Premier Golf League (PGL)
  • Oct 2021: LIV Golf Investments is announced with Greg Norman as its CEO
  • Feb 2022: Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson says the PGA Tour's obnoxious greed could leave to players joining LIV. He apologises later that month for his comments and steps back from golf
  • May 2022: Two-time major champion Dustin Johnson is confirmed to play in the first LIV Golf event in London in June, with Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood among others on the entry list
  • Jun 6 2022: Mickelson signs up for LIV Golf after four-month hiatus where it turns out he was suspended by PGA Tour
  • Jun 9 2022: PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan declares players competing in first LIV Golf event are suspended, on same day tournament begins in London
  • Jun 21 2022: Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is latest name to join LIV Golf, with Cameron Smith also announced in August, a month after winning The Open
  • Aug 2022: Woods and McIlroy hold a players-only meeting known as the Delaware Meeting, with increased purses at some events on PGA Tour announced
  • Apr 2023: DP World Tour wins an arbitration case against LIV Golf players who were seeking to play the former European Tour. DP World Tour given right to fine and suspend defectees
  • Jun 6 2023: Stunning agreement announced as PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Saudi Public Investment Fund governor Yasir Al Rumayyan sit side-by-side on American TV channel CNBC and announced a Framework Agreement had been reached to reunite men’s professional golf
  • Jun 13 2023: US Senate launch investigation into PGA Tour plans after proposed deal with Saudi fund
  • Aug 2023: Woods appointed to policy board as negotiations between the PGA Tour and PIF are underway
  • Nov 2023: McIlroy resigns from the Tour's policy board
  • Dec 2023: Masters champion Jon Rahm joins LIV Golf for a reported fee of £450 million
  • Dec 2023: A date of December 31, 2023 was set to conclude the deal to bring men's professional golf back together, but that passed without the Framework Agreement being ratified
  • Feb 2024: The PGA Tour secure a $3bn investment as part of a partnership deal with the Strategic Sports Group, not PIF
  • May 2024: McIlroy's interest in returning to the policy board is rejected. In a big blow, director Jimmy Dunne and board member Mark Flaherty resign

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