Major changes afoot as details emerge of PGA Tour players' plan to tackle LIV Golf

The PGA Tour players are looking to take on the breakaway LIV Golf Series at its own game, as details emerged of the recent high-level meeting involving Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Woods jetted into the Wilmington, Delaware, ahead of the BMW Championship last week to hold a not-so-secret meeting with around 20 other PGA Tour players - McIlroy included - to discuss how they are planning to tackle the ongoing threat of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.

The likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have all jumped ship to LIV Golf, and world number two Cameron Smith looks set to be next, with fellow Aussie Marc Leishman next in line.

There are also strong reports linking former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama with a switch to LIV, a major coup for the series as it would give them a foothold in the massive Japanese market.

Now, details have emerged on just what the PGA Tour players are planning in response to the mass LIV exodus, and it seems they will be looking to fight fire with fire by creating a "tour within a tour".

New, shorter events will punctuate the regular PGA Tour season, up to 18 of them according to reports, involving 60 players and large $20million purses.

Both Woods and McIlroy are said to be backing a series of one-day events that will be staged in front of a live audience, feature new technological innovations and a non-green grass, stadium environment.

The events will be held in partnership with the PGA Tour and will not conflict with the Tour's regular schedule.

The plan is to attract new corporate partnerships and sponsors, and provide a long-term opportunity for players to build equity in the enterprise.

Crucially, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is believed to be supportive of the plans, with some reports claiming he could make an official statement on the proposed changes as soon as this week.

Meanwhile, LIV Golf will reportedly announce its latest batch of signings following the conclusion of this week's season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake, with Cameron Smith and Hideki Matsuyama both likely to be named.

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