Tiger Woods turned down figures of around 700m to 800m dollars from the new LIV Golf league that is being founded by the Saudi Arabian government.
They were willing to pay fees of that magnitude to get the American to join their new league and presumably serve as the face of it.
In an interview broadcast on Monday by Fox and recorded last Sunday during the event in Bedminster, New Jersey, the CEO of the organization, Greg Normanadmitted that LIV Golf did make such an offer to Tiger Woods as they consider him a player who transcends the sport.
He did not specify dates, however, as it should be noted that the Californian has barely played a handful of tournaments since his accident in February 2021.
“Yes, that number was somewhere in that neighborhood,” Norman said, referring to the figures of 700m to 800m dollars.
“Tiger is a needle-mover and of course you have to look at the best of the best.
“So they had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO [in October 2021].”
Woods’ PGA earnings don’t even come close
Woodsa winner of 15 majors in his career and one of the greatest players in history, ultimately decided to stay on the PGA Tour, a circuit he has fiercely defended.
During his career on the circuit, Tiger has earned 120m dollars for his results in tournaments, although his greatest income has been through his multinational Nike deal and his other numerous sponsors.
Interestingly, Woodswithout playing in 2021, came first in the PGA Tour’s new ‘Player Impact’ program, for which he received 8m dollars, while this year the total purse for the top 10 rises to 50m dollars.
That, though, doesn’t even come close to the numbers being offered by LIV Golf.
LIV Golf CEO defends the tournament
Normanin his interview with Fox, also defended LIV Golf against accusations from the PGA, which branded it as a threat to the future of golf.
“Our model is 100 percent built around the golf ecosystem from the ground up,” Norman said.
“We are not trying to destroy the PGA tour or the European tour.
“We want to work within the ecosystem to show that it’s a big enough space. It’s a multibillion-dollar industry.”
With significant financial incentives for its players, LIV Golf aims to organize a circuit that rivals the US-based tour in quality and prestige.
LIV Golf itself announced an alliance with the Asian Tour last week, with an unprecedented raft of tournaments and millions more dollars in the pipeline.
The latest to join the new format were players such as Henrik Stensonwho was the European Ryder Cup captain and had to resign, and Bubba Watson.