Tiger Woods rejected a $700-$800 million offer to join the LIV Golf series Saudi, Confirmed by CEO Greg Norman

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According to Greg Norman, the CEO of the tour, Tiger Woods rejected a $700–$800 million offer to play in the LIV Golf series, which is sponsored by Saudi Arabia.

Former world No. 1 Norman was questioned by Tucker Carlson about whether it was true that Woods was offered $700-$800 million to join the LIV Golf series during a Fox News interview that aired on Monday.

Before I became CEO, that number was available, Norman retorted. “So, sure, that figure has been made public. Look, Tiger can move needles, right? So it seems to reason that you’ll examine the finest of the best. Yes, that figure is in that general area since they first contacted Tiger before I became CEO.

Norman with Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of Golf Saudi, and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (left) (middle)

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Norman had previously revealed to the Washington Post in June that Woods had been given a substantial sum of money to take part but had declined it. “Mind-blowingly large; we’re talking about high nine figures,” Norman remarked of the Woods idea.

Some well-known golfers have left the PGA Circuit and the DP World Tour to join the contentious tour in exchange for large financial rewards.

The breakaway initiative, which has promised players massive money to join, has attracted major champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel, and Martin Kaymer.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, a sovereign wealth fund headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has agreed to support the LIV Golf series and to provide $250 million in total prize money.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, among other players, have criticized the fact that players have abandoned golf’s conventional setup and taken money from a nation with a horrible human rights record.

Woods said he disapproved of the players that had departed before to the Open in July in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The 15-time major champion said, “I believe what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has enabled them to reach to this position.”

Some of these athletes may never get the opportunity to compete in important competitions. That may happen. We are not yet certain about that. All of the main championship organizations are responsible for deciding that. However, it’s possible that some golfers may never, ever get the opportunity to compete in a major event or even just take a stroll around Augusta National’s fairways

During his second round of the 150th Open at St. Andrews, Tiger Woods gets ready to hit a shot

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“But what is the motivation to practice when these athletes are doing it for guaranteed money? What motivates someone to go out and work in the mud? Simply put, you’re participating in a few tournaments and playing 54 holes while receiving sizable advance payment. They have all these varied atmospheres while playing loud music.

For many of these players, Woods said, “I simply don’t see how that shift is good in the long run, particularly if the LIV organization doesn’t earn world-ranking points and the major tournaments modify their entry requirements.”
It would be disappointing to have some of these young children miss out on the opportunity to see it, stroll these revered grounds, and compete in these competitions.

Even Norman himself received criticism from Woods for his part in the split tour. Greg has acted in a few ways that I don’t believe are ideal for our game, so we’re going back to perhaps the most storied and established part of our sport.
Henrik Stenson won the third competition of LIV Golf’s first season on Sunday in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The 46-year-old Swede scored 11-under par at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster to earn $4 million, almost two weeks after losing his Ryder Cup leadership for signing up for the series.
Along with him, former US President Donald Trump, who attended the whole three-day tournament and owns the course, got the trophy.

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