Tiger Woods turned down a proposal that Greg Norman says was “someplace in that neighborhood” of $700 million to $800 million to participate within the Saudi-funded LIV Golf sequence.
Throughout an look on Fox Information with Tucker Carlson that aired Monday evening, Norman confirmed what he advised the Washington Put up in a narrative two months in the past. Norman advised the Put up in June the supply was “mind-blowingly monumental; we’re speaking about excessive 9 digits.”
Woods has been against LIV Golf since late final yr, and he delivered his strongest feedback on the British Open when he mentioned gamers who took the cash funded by the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund had “turned their again” on the PGA Tour that made them well-known.
When a proposal was made to Woods it was not clear.
“That quantity was on the market earlier than I turned CEO. In order that quantity has been on the market, sure,” Norman mentioned within the Fox Information interview, which came about Sunday at Trump Nationwide in Bedminster, New Jersey, the place the third LIV Golf Invitational was held.
“And, look, Tiger is a needle-mover and naturally it’s important to take a look at the very best of the very best,” Norman mentioned. “So that they had initially approached Tiger earlier than I turned CEO. So, sure, that quantity was someplace in that neighborhood.”
Numerous studies out of the UK have mentioned Phil Mickelson acquired a $200 million signing bonus, whereas Dustin Johnson acquired $150 million. The 48-man fields, which play 54 holes with no lower, supply $25 million in prize cash at every occasion. Norman introduced a 14-tournament schedule for subsequent yr.
LIV Golf at present has just one participant — Johnson at No. 18 — from the highest 20 on the planet.
The supply of the funding has led to sharp criticism of the sequence and the gamers who’ve enlisted as a result of it’s seen as an try to distract consideration from its human rights report and hyperlinks to the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults.
Requested why his rival tour has precipitated such an uproar amongst American golf followers, Norman responded plainly, “I do not know.”
“I actually do not care,” Norman mentioned. “I simply love the sport a lot and I wish to develop the sport of golf and we at LIV see that chance not only for the lads however for the ladies.”
The LIV Golf Invitational is off for a month through the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour, returning over Labor Day weekend about an hour west of Boston, after which two weeks later performs within the Chicago suburbs.
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