Tiger Woods maintained his PGA Tour allegiance on the new LIV Golf circuit; Woods said at The Open Championship last month that he “didn’t agree” with players joining the series; Norman again criticized the PGA Tour while giving an interview on American television
Last update: 02/08/22 07:51
Tiger Woods has turned down a sum in the range of $700-800m (£572-654m) to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series, according to breakaway circuit chief executive Greg Norman .
Norman told Fox News the offer was made before the Australian was named head of the controversial series, which is being funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
The interview, conducted last weekend at the LIV Golf event in Bedminster, NJ, aired Monday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“That number was there before I became CEO,” Norman said of the dollar figure presented to Woods. “Look, Tiger is a needle mover, right? So of course you have to look at the best of the best. They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. That number is somewhere in this district.”
Woods maintained his PGA Tour allegiance at the new circuit.
Speaking at The Open Championship in Scotland last month, Woods said: “The players who chose to go to LIV and play there, I disagree. I think what they have done is that they have turned their backs on what allowed them to access this position.
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“You just get paid a lot of money up front and play a few events and play 54 holes. They play loud music and have all these atmospheres that are different.
“I just don’t see how this decision is positive long-term for a lot of these players, especially if the LIV organization doesn’t get world ranking points and major leagues change their event entry criteria. .”
Woods also shot a Norman last month after the Aussie was not invited to festivities celebrating the 150th Open Championship.
“Greg has done things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game, and we’re probably going back to the most historic and traditional place in our sport,” Woods said. “I believe it’s the right thing [to exclude him].”
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