Talor Gooch—who just won back-to-back LIV events in Australia and Singapore—is opening up about a conversation he had with Tiger Woods at the Masters about LIV Golf.
Gooch recently joined the Fore the People podcast with J.J. Killeen and John Peterson, where he recounted an exchange with the 15-time major champion that occurred on the Augusta National driving range.
According to Gooch, while Woods was warming up, he seemed comfortable chatting about LIV Golf’s teams and schedule, despite his harsh public criticism of the league.
“So I have kind of a funny story,” Gooch told Killeen and Peterson. “So at Augusta, one of the mornings I was warming up, Tiger was right next to me warming up. And he was like, ‘Man, you’re with Bubba’s team now, right?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He’s like, ‘You all are going to Adelaide, right?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘Man, they got some great golf there.’”
Before LIV’s second season, Gooch transferred from Dustin Johnson’s 4Aces GC squad to Bubba Watson’s rebranded RangeGoats GC. Woods, a staunch supporter of the PGA Tour, seemed to be familiar with both the move and the league’s 14-tournament season.
In November at the Hero World Challenge, Woods’s event in the Bahamas, the five-time Masters champion expressed his continued disapproval of the Saudi-backed tour.
“They’ve spent probably close to $2 billion this year. Who’s to say they can’t spend $4 or $5 billion next year? You know, we just don’t know. It’s an endless pit of money. But that doesn’t necessarily create legacies either,” Woods said. “You want to compare yourself to (Ben) Hogan. You want to compare yourself to (Sam) Snead. You want to compare yourself to (Jack) Nicklaus. You can’t do that over there, but you can on this Tour.”