Talor Gooch, who just achieved back-to-back LIV Golf event victories in Australia and Singapore, has shared details about his conversation with Tiger Woods at the Masters regarding the Saudi-backed league.
In a recent appearance on the Fore the People podcast with J.J. Killeen and John Peterson,Gooch recounted an exchange with Woods that occurred on the Augusta National driving range.
Talor Gooch, with his back-to-back LIV wins, has made $8 million in the last two weeks. His total earnings on LIV are now over $19 million in just 13 starts.
Backlash or not, gotta think he’s pretty happy with the choice to switch right about now. pic.twitter.com/FHUSTewmMG
— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) April 30, 2023
Despite Woods’ public criticism of the league, Gooch said that Woods was comfortable discussing LIV Golf’s teams and schedule while warming up.
According to Gooch, Woods seemed familiar with his transfer from Dustin Johnson’s 4Aces GC squad to Bubba Watson’s rebranded RangeGoats GC before LIV’s second season. Woods also knew about the league’s 14-tournament schedule, including the Adelaide event, which Gooch confirmed they were attending.
Tiger Woods was asked what needs to happen for an amicable relationship between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.
"Greg [Norman] has to go, first of all."pic.twitter.com/lEU5ZvsBcb
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) November 29, 2022
At the Hero World Challenge in November, Woods continued to express his disapproval of the league, calling for the removal of CEO Greg Norman and rejecting a contract offer of more than $700 million to join LIV. Woods expressed his support for the PGA Tour and cited the difficulty of creating legacies on the LIV Tour.
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However, on the podcast, Gooch revealed the rest of his conversation with Woods, where he offered him travel tips for Singapore, the next stop on the LIV Tour. Gooch mentioned that Woods recommended visiting the famous Marina Bay Sands casino and taught him how to play baccarat. Woods shared a story about his first visit to Singapore and how he learned the difference between being rich and being rich rich.
Golfer Greg Norman tells Tucker Carlson that LIV Golf offered Tiger Woods up to $1B to play for them. pic.twitter.com/jxto8BgSRu
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) August 2, 2022
Gooch and Peterson both noted that it seemed as though Woods was “paying attention” to LIV Golf, as he was aware of the tour’s schedule and events. They suggested that Woods might have been interested in the league despite his criticism.