Tiger Woods hints at an end to bitter PGA-LIV Golf feud after finishing up at the Masters – following his round with Saudi PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan: ‘We’re headed in the right direction’

Tiger Woods believes peace has moved closer in the war that has shaken golf to its core.

The five-times Masters champ played a round with LIV kingpin Yasir Al-Rumayyan in the Bahamas and, after completing a record-breaking week at Augusta, disclosed that an end to the explosive dispute may be in sight.

Woods, viewed as a key figure in finding a resolution between the PGA and the Saud-backed breakaway tour, was asked how the March meeting, held at his residence, had gone.

‘I don’t know if we’re closer,’ he said, ‘but certainly we’re headed in the right direction’.

All six tour player directors attended the summit, which was viewed as a ‘meet and greet’ to examine future Saudi investment in the PGA Tour.

Woods waves his hat to the crowd while walking to the 18th green during on Sunday in Augusta

Woods said he played a round with LIV kingpin Yasir Al-Rumayyan (pictured) in the Bahamas

Woods said he played a round with LIV kingpin Yasir Al-Rumayyan (pictured) in the Bahamas

‘That was a very positive meeting,’ a sweat-soaked Woods added, ‘and I think both sides came away from the meeting feeling positive’.

Woods, at 48, avoided the cut at Augusta National for a record 24th time after coming back from yet more surgery. He was, however, never seriously in contention and ended 16 over par which, as he headed to the clubhouse, left him bottom of the field.

Regardless, he described it as ‘a good week’. ‘It was a good week all around,’ he added. ‘I think that coming in here, not having played a full tournament in a very long time, it was a good fight on Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted it to.’

Playing partner Tom Kim carded a glorious 66, and Woods was left to think what might have been. ‘The way that Tom is playing I thought I had in my system,’ he explained. ‘Unfortunately, I didn’t produce it.’

Far from retirement, he has now set his sights on attempting to recapture some of the form that took him to the top of the sport. ‘Keep lifting, keep the motor going, keep the body moving, keep getting stronger, keep progressing,’ he said. ‘Hopefully the practice sessions will keep getting longer.’

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