Tiger Woods turned down hundreds of millions of dollars to join a Saudi-backed golf series, its CEO has revealed.
Greg Norman, a World Golf Hall of Fame golfer and LIV Golf CEO, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview that Woods was offered around $700 million to $800 million to join,
It was “somewhere in that neighborhood,” Norman said of the offer, adding that it was made to Woods prior to him accepting the job as CEO.
“Look, Tiger’s a needle-mover, right?” Norman said. “So, of course you’ve got to look at the best of the best.”
LIV Golf is financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and has sparked controversy due to the country’s alleged human rights abused. The organization has been reaching out to golfers who play in the PGA, offering large paydays to encourage them to join.
Prominent golfers such as Phil Mickelson have joined LIV Golf.
“I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position,” Woods said.
Wood added that he believes Norman as CEO “has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game.”
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