Greg Norman CEO of Saudi-backed LIV Golf says Tiger Woods turned down $700-$800 million to join. According to Greg Norman, the CEO of the tour, Tiger Woods turned down an offer to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series despite the fact that the deal was valued at roughly $700-$800 million.
Tucker Carlson of Fox News asked Greg Norman, a former world No. 1 golfer, during an interview that aired on Monday whether or not it was true that Tiger Woods was paid $700–800 million to join the LIV Golf series.
The response from Norman was that “that number was out there before I became CEO.” “So, that amount has been thrown around, that’s for sure. It seems that Tiger can move the needle, doesn’t it? As a result, it is only natural that you would focus on the very best options. They had initially approached Tiger before I became CEO, so the answer to your question is yes, that number is somewhere in that vicinity.
Majed Al-Sorour, the CEO of Golf Saudi Arabia, and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, are shown here with Greg Norman (middle).
Earlier, in June, Norman was quoted in the Washington Post as saying that Woods had been given a substantial sum of money to participate but had declined it. When asked about the size of the Woods proposal, Norman described it as “mind-bogglingly vast; we’re talking about high nine figures.”
Some of the most well-known golfers in the world have decided to play on the contentious tour rather than continuing their careers on the more established PGA Tour or the DP World Tour so that they can compete for larger sums of money.
All of the major winners Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, and Charl Schwartzel have joined the breakaway venture, which is offering players enormous sums of money to participate. Martin Kaymer is also a member of the breakaway venture.
The LIV Golf series is supported by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, which is a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and has committed to awarding a total prize pool of $250 million.
However, this has resulted in criticism from a number of players, notably Rory McIlroy and Woods, who claim that players have abandoned golf’s conventional setup and accepted money from a government with a poor track record regarding human rights.
Woods expressed his disagreement with the players who had withdrawn prior to the Open in July, which was held in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The golfer who has won 15 major championships had this to say about his opponents: “I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to reach this position.”
It’s possible that some of these players will never have the opportunity to compete in major competitions. That is not out of the question. That is not something that can be confirmed at this time. The answer to that question will be decided by all of the main championship organizations.
It is possible, though, that some players may never, ever get the opportunity to compete in a major event, never get the opportunity to experience this place, and never get the opportunity to walk down the fairways at Augusta National.
However, what these players are doing for guaranteed money raises the question: what is the incentive for them to train? Why should someone risk getting their hands dirty and working hard in the elements? You merely have to compete in a few competitions and play a total of 54 holes in exchange for an up-front payment of a significant sum of money. They are playing really loud music and have a variety of settings, each with its own distinct mood.
Woods continued, “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.” Woods was referring to the possibility that the LIV organization might not receive world-ranking points.
“It would be a shame to see some of these young children never get the opportunity to experience it and experience what we have the opportunity to experience, such as walking these sacred grounds and competing in these championships,” said one speaker.
Even going so far as to blame Norman personally for his part in the split tour, Woods did this. “Greg has done some things that I don’t think is in the best interest of our game, and we’re returning back to arguably the most historic and traditional location in our sport,” he said. “We’re going to try to keep things as close to the way they’ve always been.”
Henrik Stenson was victorious in the third competition of the inaugural season of the LIV Golf tournament series, which took place in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Sunday according to the news.
The 46-year-old Swede scored 11 under par at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, to win $4 million and reclaim his position as Ryder Cup captain nearly two weeks after he was removed from that role for participating in the series.
The competition took place over the course of three days, and he accepted the trophy alongside the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, who is also the owner of the course.