Progress was made on Friday in New York when representatives of the PGA Tour and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia met for their first face-to-face negotiations in nearly three months. At least that was claimed in a statement released overnight, Australian time, on behalf of the PGA Tour Enterprises transaction subcommittee.

How much progress and on which terms was not divulged in a carefully worded and vague update. The meeting took place one day after the one-year anniversary of the framework agreement announced by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan. It followed up reports on the issuance of term sheets the sides exchanged some time last month.

As previously stated, our negotiations with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) have accelerated in recent months. Representatives from the PGA Tour Enterprises transaction subcommittee and the PIF have been meeting multiple times weekly to work through potential deal terms and come to a shared vision on the future of professional golf. On Friday evening, an in-person session in New York City included the entire transaction subcommittee and PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan and his team, where more progress was made. We remain committed to these negotiations, which require working through complex considerations to best position golf for global growth. We want to get this right, and we are approaching discussions with careful consideration for our players, our fans, our partners and the game’s future.”

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Among those in attendance at the meeting on behalf of the PGA Tour were players Tiger Woods and Adam Scott and John Henry of the Strategic Sports Group, the organisation that pledged in January to invest up to $US3 billion in the tour.

Rory McIlroy, competing at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, told a small group of reporters on Thursday that the meeting was to focus on a potential PIF investment in PGA Tour Enterprises, the for-profit entity essentially created with the framework agreement. It was reported that PIF, the financial supporter of the LIV Golf League, was looking into adding another $US1.5 billion to PGA Tour Enterprises as part of an eventual reunification of men’s professional golf.

“I think depending on what the DOJ [US Department of Justice] allows, it might have to be a very passive investment,” McIlroy, the world No.3 player, said.

Presumably, discussions also touched on what McIlroy characterised as the “cross pollination” of PGA Tour and LIV Golf schedules. Peter Malnati, a player director on the PGA Tour Policy Board, told Golf Digest on Thursday that the issue of reintegrating top LIV players into the PGA Tour faces significant hurdles.

“I think the biggest hurdle is just what do we give up from the PGA Tour’s current ecosystem? What do we give up? Because right now it’s full,” Malnati said. “We can’t handle any more players, so we can’t just invite players back because we have too many players, we have too many events. Our schedule’s too full, and our top players make so much money. They’re telling us they want to play less, not more. So what do we give up from the tour schedule in order to create some unity?”