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Tiger Woods has reportedly voted against Rory McIlroy’s return to the PGA Tour Board

Rory McIlroy explained that there was a “subgroup of people who were uncomfortable” with his return to the PGA Tour policy council, and it appears Tiger Woods was among the group who didn’t want him back at the table sitting there.

McIlroy, who abruptly resigned from the Tour policy council in November 2023, was expected to return to his post sooner or later, with Webb Simpson stepping down with a request for the Northern Irishman to be his replacement. Considering he’s the most influential golfer not named Tiger Woods, it seemed like McIlroy’s return to the board would be a smooth process.

Woods and other players on the board said, not so fast.

According to The Telegraph, five players, minus Simpson, had the power to put McIlroy back on the board. Still, Patrick Cantlay, Woods and another unnamed player director voted 3-2 against McIlroy’s reinstatement. The third vote had to come from Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott or Peter Malnati, as they round out the six players currently alone on the board.

McIlroy did not name anyone who felt “uneasy” about his possible return to the board, but did emphasize that there were “no hard feelings” after he was voted out.

Numerous signs pointed to Cantlay being a player against McIlroy returning to the board. McIlroy, Cantlay and American caddie, Joe LaCava, had a serious back-and-forth conversation that culminated in the parking lot of the 2023 Ryder Cup. Additionally, McIlroy called Cantlay a “di-k” weeks after the drama during Team Europe’s victory .

“Joe LaCava used to be a nice guy when he was caddying for Tiger, and now he’s caddying for that d-ck he turned into a… I still wasn’t in a great headspace,” explained McIlroy out in December..

That Woods doesn’t like the idea of ​​McIlroy returning to the policy board is a bit more of a surprise, but it may have to do with their differing positions on the framework agreement between the Saudi PIF, LIV Golf’s sole funder, and the PGA Tour. .

After being LIV’s most outspoken critic for the better part of a year, McIlroy now believes the Tour must find a way to work with the Saudis, even after the PGA Tour struck a $3 billion investment deal with an American group. . After the Tour received the influx of cash from American investors, Woods said, “Financially, we don’t need that right now” when asked about the Saudi PIF investments in the Tour.

Not long after his statement, however, Woods was among a group of players who met with Saudi PIF representatives in the Bahamas earlier this year and said the discussions were “positive.”