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Tiger Woods has accepted a new role on the PGA Tour policy board as part of major changes made to the US-based circuit’s ‘governance and transparency measures’.

The 15-time major champion – currently sidelined indefinitely follow a subtalar fusion in April – has agreed to join the board as a sixth ‘Player Director’.

This comes as commissioner Jay Monahan and the PGA Tour’s player members, Player Directors and Player Advisory Cuncil have announced a new agreement designed to ensure that the circuit lives up to its mission of being a ‘player-driven organisation’.

Woods joins Patrick Cantlay, Charley Hoffman, Peter Malnati, Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson as a Player Director. They are joined on the policy board by Ed Herlihy, Jimmy Dunne, Mark Flaherty, Mary Meeker and PGA of America director John Lindert.

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A replacement for Randall Stephenson, who stood down recently in protest at the tour’s decision to broker a ‘Framework Agreement’ with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, will be announced in due course.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Monahan and the players will work together to amend the policy board’s governing document to make it clear that ‘no major decision can be made in the future without the prior involvement of the Player Directors.

The Player Directors’ Special Advisor, Colin Neville, will be fully aware of the state of the negotiations contemplated by the ‘Framework Agreement’, and, as such, he 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.

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.

“I am honoured to represent the players of the PGA Tour,” revealed Woods. “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.

“The players thank Commissioner Monahan for agreeing to address our concerns, and we look forward to being at the table with him to make the right decisions for the future of the game that we all love. He has my confidence moving forward with these changes.”

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Monahan added: “Tiger’s voice and leadership throughout his career have contributed immeasurably to the success of the PGA Tour, and to apply both to our governance and go-forward plan at this crucial time is even more welcomed and impactful.

“I am committed to taking the necessary steps to restore any lost trust or confidence that occurred as a result of the surprise announcement of our Framework Agreement.

“My job in the negotiations – in partnership with our Player Directors, PAC and the broader membership – is to advocate for what is best for the PGA Tour members today and in the future. Any agreement we reach must be shaped by our members’ input and approval earned through our Player Directors.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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