Superstar golfer Tiger Woods has reportedly turned down a major offer to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf.
Addressing the Washington PostLIV Golf CEO Greg Norman says Tiger Woods turned down a “stunning” deal to be associated with the tournament that aims to overthrow the PGA monopoly.
“We’re talking high nine numbers,” Norman said. As Golf Digest noted, news of Tiger Woods’ offer comes after the great Jack Nicklaus admitted he had “turned down a $100 million offer to be associated with LIV Golf” in addition to information. that “Dustin Johnson received a nine-figure contract”. to play in the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Tiger Woods previously expressed his support and loyalty to the PGA Championship in May.
Tiger Woods plays a shot at the 2022 Masters (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
“You know, [Phil Mickelson] has his opinion on the direction he envisions for the game of golf. I have my perspective on how I see the game of golf, and I’ve supported the tour and my foundation has hosted events on the tour for a number of years,” Woods said. just think what jack [Nicklaus] and Arnold [Palmer] did starting the tour and breaking away from the PGA of America and creating our tour in 1968 or 1969, somewhere in there, I just think there’s a legacy to that,” Head said. Tiger added that he still believes in the “legacy” of the PGA Tour and still has plenty of opportunities to offer.
“There is a lot of money here. The tour is expanding. But it’s like any other sport. It’s like tennis. You have to go out there and earn it. You have to go out there and play for it. We have the opportunity to go ahead and do that. It’s just not guaranteed in advance,” he said.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened players with penalties and suspensions if they participate in the LIV series. The 54-hole event will be played at Centurion Golf Club outside London, with 16 of the world’s top 100 players taking part.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Although Dustin Johnson initially said he wouldn’t be attending the event, his agent said he ultimately felt it was “in his and his family’s best interests.”
“Dustin has considered this opportunity from time to time over the past two years. Ultimately, he decided it was in his best interest and that of his family to pursue it,” Johnson’s agent said. “Dustin has never had a problem with the PGA Tour and is grateful for everything it has given him, but in the end he felt it was too compelling to pass up.”
Asked about the event at the PGA Championship, Johnson said, “I think golf is in a good position, and I think what they’re doing…could potentially be good for the game of golf. I’m excited to see what’s going to happen here in a few weeks.
LIV founder Greg Norman sparked controversy last month when he spoke about his ties to Saudi Arabia by claiming the government-sanctioned murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a simple mistake, no different from the many past mistakes made by the United States.
According to New York Post, Norman’s LIV Golf aims to “compete with the PGA Tour by promising golfers more money – and guaranteed appearance fees – for fewer appearances.” The PGA Tour recently refused golfers to waive participation in the inaugural LIV Invitational Golf Series tournament.