Tiger Woods has declined a $1billion offer to join the Saudi-run LIV Golf series as per former golfer Greg Norman. The 67-year-old has been the face of Saudi golf. Hence he tried to sign some of the best-known players to the new series. But swaying players to participate in the tournament has proven tricky as it holds the risk of getting banned from the PGA Tour.
Still, some high profile players have made a move including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson who will receive signing on fees worth £100million. But convincing, Woods proved impossible despite big-money offers.
“We’re talking about high nine digits,” Norman
While talking in an interview with the Washington Post, Norman revealed: “Woods turned down a deal that was mind-blowingly enormous; we’re talking about high nine digits. The LIV Golf will officially start their new series this week in London. Norman has still managed to sway some stars like Dustin Johnson and Kevin Na. These two golfers caused a lot of controversies as they resigned from the PGA Tour last weekend.
“I’m supporting the PGA Tour. That’s where my legacy is,” Woods
Tiger Woods previously admitted that LIV Golf had tried to sign him and that he rejected their offer. He said in November 2021, “I’ve decided for myself that I’m supporting the PGA Tour. That’s where my legacy is. I’ve been fortunate enough to have won 82 events on this tour and 15 major championships, and been a part of the World Golf Championships, the start of them and the end of them.”
“I’ve supported the tour and my foundation has run events on the tour for a number of years,” Woods
In May, Tiger Woods had also talked about rumours of Mickelson’s imminent departure from the Tour, while consolidating his commitment to the PGA Tour for the future.“[Mickelson] has his opinion on where he sees the game of golf going. I have my viewpoint on how I see the game of golf. I’ve supported the tour and my foundation has run events on the tour for a number of years,” Woods said.
“I just think that what Jack [Nicklaus] and Arnold [Palmer] have done in starting the tour and breaking away from the PGA of America and creating our tour in ’68 or ’69, somewhere in there, I just think there’s a legacy to that.”