Tiger Woods turned down $700-$800 million supply to affix Saudi-backed LIV Golf collection, says CEO Greg Norman

Throughout an interview on Fox Information that aired on Monday, former world No. 1 Norman was requested by Tucker Carlson if it was true that Woods was provided $700-$800 million to affix the LIV Golf collection.

“That number was out there before I became CEO,” Norman replied. “So, that number’s been out there, yes. Look, Tiger’s a needle mover, right?

“So, after all, you are going to take a look at the perfect of the perfect. They’d initially approached Tiger earlier than I turned CEO, so, sure, that quantity is someplace in that neighborhood.”

Previously, Norman had told the Washington Post in June that Woods was offered huge money to participate but turned it down. Norman said the Woods proposal was “mind-blowingly monumental; we’re speaking about excessive 9 digits.”

The controversial tour has attracted some big names from the golfing world to leave the established PGA Tour and the DP World Tour to participate for vast sums of money.

Major winners Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel and Martin Kaymer have all joined the breakaway venture, which has offered players huge money to join.

The LIV Golf series is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) — a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia — and has pledged to award $250 million in total prize money.

However, it has led to criticism from many players, including Rory McIlroy and Woods, that players have abandoned golf’s traditional set up and accepted money from a country with a dismal human rights record.

Earlier than July’s Open at St. Andrews, Scotland, Woods mentioned he disagreed with the gamers who had left.

“I feel that what they’ve accomplished is that they’ve turned their again on what has allowed them to get to this place,” the 15-time major winner said.

“A few of these gamers might not ever get an opportunity to play in main championships. That could be a risk. We do not know that for certain but. It is as much as all the main championship our bodies to make that willpower. However that may be a risk, that some gamers won’t ever, ever get an opportunity to play in a significant championship, by no means get an opportunity to expertise this proper right here, stroll down the fairways at Augusta Nationwide.

Woods prepares a shot during his second round at the 150th Open at St. Andrews.

“But what these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt? You’re just getting paid a lot of money up front and playing a few events and playing 54 holes. They’re playing blaring music and have all these atmospheres that are different.”

Woods added: “I just don’t see how that move is positive in the long term for a lot of these players, especially if the LIV organization doesn’t get world-ranking points and the major championships change their criteria for entering the events.

“It could be unhappy to see a few of these younger youngsters by no means get an opportunity to expertise it and expertise what we have got an opportunity to expertise and stroll these hallowed grounds and play in these championships.”

Woods even went as far to criticize Norman himself for his role in the splinter tour. “Greg has accomplished some issues that I do not suppose is in the perfect curiosity of our sport, and we’re coming again to in all probability essentially the most historic and conventional place in our sport.”

On Sunday, Henrik Stenson received the third occasion of LIV Golf’s debut season at Bedminster, New Jersey.

Almost two weeks after he was stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy for becoming a member of the collection, the 46-year-old Swede shot 11-under par on the Trump Nationwide Golf Membership Bedminster to win $4 million.

He accepted the trophy alongside former US President Donald Trump, who was current all through the three-day competitors and who owns the course.