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Tiger Woods turned down an offer between $700 million to $800 million to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman confirmed in an interview that aired Monday night that the golf GOAT was given an offer of close to three quarters of a billion dollars to join the newly-formed, Saudi-backed golf series.
“Look, Tiger is a needle mover, right? So, of course you’re got to look at the best of the best,” Norman told Tucker Carlson in an interview. “They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. That number is somewhere in that neighborhood.”
Greg Norman confirms #LIVGolf offered Tiger Woods in the $700-$800 million range to join the tour while on Tucker Carlson.
"Tiger's a needle mover." pic.twitter.com/i1Tl0yUMoD
— LIV Golf Nation (@LIVGolfNation) August 2, 2022
Tiger Woods has been critical of the Saudi-backed golf series and the PGA players who accept large amounts of money to play in it.
“I disagree with it,” Woods said. “I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”
LIV CEO Greg Norman says the league offered Tiger Woods over $700M to join.
Tiger declined the offer to take part in the Saudi-backed golf series. pic.twitter.com/qEaHxZ6ZbD
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 2, 2022
Tiger Woods turns down Saudi-Backed Golf Series
The source of the funding for the LIV Golf series has led to sharp criticism of the series as well as the players who choose to join. The PGA has already put ruling in place to bar any player that joins the LIV Golf series from playing in any of their events.
Twice-impeached former President Donald Trump faced criticism for hosting the latest LIV Golf tournament at his Bedminster golf course in light of human rights abuses against the Arab kingdom, such as the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman oversees Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, which is bankrolling the LIV Golf series.
Family members of 9/11 victims and survivors protested the latest tournament at Trump’s golf course, with signs reading “justice over profits” and “Saudi Golf = Shame”.
Former PGA champion, Phil Mickelson, was even heckled by a crowd member as he was about to tee off at the event.