Tiger Woods has rejected an offer from Greg Norman, which he says is “somewhere in the neighborhood” of $700 million to $800 million, to participate in the Saudi-backed LIV golf series.
In an appearance on Fox News with Tucker Carlson that aired Monday night, Norman confirmed what he told The Washington Post in his story two months ago. Norman told the Post in June that the offer was “mind-blowingly huge; we’re talking about the high nine figures.”
Woods has been opposed to LIV Golf since late last year and made strong comments at the British Open saying players who took money backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had “turned their backs” on the PGA Tour. They are famous.
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That number was there before I became CEO. So that number was there, yes,” Norman said in a Fox News interview Sunday at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, the site of the third LIV Golf Invitational.
“And, look, Tiger is a needle-mover and you really have to look the best,” Norman said. “So they approached Tiger early on before I became CEO. So, yeah, that number was somewhere in that neighborhood.
Various reports out of the UK have Phil Mickelson getting a $200 million signing bonus and Dustin Johnson $150 million. The 48-man fields, which play 54 holes without a cut, offer $25 million in prize money at each event. Norman has announced a 14-race schedule for next year.
LIV Golf currently has just one player — Johnson at No. 18 — in the top 20 in the world.
The source of the support was seen as an attempt to distract from human rights concerns linked to the September 11 terrorist attacks, drawing sharp criticism from the series and registered players.
“I don’t know,” Norman answered flatly when asked why his rival tour caused such a stir among American golf fans.
“I really don’t care,” Norman said. I really love the game and want to grow the game of golf and we at LIV see that opportunity not only for men but also for women.
The LIV Golf Invitational is off for a month during the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour, returning an hour west of Boston on Labor Day weekend and two weeks later in suburban Chicago.
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