News of the announcement first came from Woods himself, who tweeted a link Tuesday to a Facebook message he wrote about the departure.
"I first met Greg McLaughlin back in 1991. The next year, he played a big part in my first-ever exemption to play on the PGA Tour at the Nissan Open at Riviera," the statement read. "Over the years and about 10,000 sports trivia questions later, our friendship grew as he went on to become the president and CEO of my Foundation. Although he's decided to move on to the PGA Tour, I'm so thankful for the leadership and good times he's provided over the last 14 years."
While the exact nature of McLaughlin's role and responsibilities with the Tour remain unknown, he explained through a statement that he was leaving "to accept an executive leadership position."
"I've been close with Tiger and his family for more than 20 years, and we remain close. I am grateful for their ongoing support," said McLaughlin, who joined Woods' foundation in 2000 after serving as tournament director for multiple PGA Tour events. "I have enjoyed my 14 years with the Tiger Woods Foundation, including the creation of seven Tiger Woods Learning Centers, a national scholarship program and three PGA TOUR golf tournaments.
"I am extremely proud of this work and the incredible staff and Board of Directors who helped make it all happen," he added. "Although I will remain involved with the Tiger Woods Foundation, I am looking forward to joining the PGA Tour and expanding on my 25 years in golf."