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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.
The former world No. 1 In a Fox News interview that aired on Monday, Norman was asked by Tucker Carlson if it was true that Woods was offered $700-$800 million to join the LIV Golf series.
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 Tour 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 led 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 accepted money from a nation with a horrible human rights record.
Woods declared he disapproved of the players that had left prior to the open in July at St. Andrews, Scotland.
The 15-time major champion claimed, “I think what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”
According to Woods, some of these guys might never get the opportunity to compete in major competitions. Even though it’s just a hunch, it’s up to all the main championship organizations to decide. He continued by stating that it’s possible that some players will never, ever have the opportunity to compete in a major championship or even just stroll the fairways at Augusta National.
Greg Norman receives scathing criticism from Tiger Woods
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 inaugural 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 entire three-day competition and owns the course, got the trophy.