Greg Norman, CEO of Saudi-backed LIV Golf, says Tiger Woods turned down $700-$800 million

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Greg Norman, CEO of the LIV Golf Tour, says Tiger Woods turned down an offer of $700-800 million to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.

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When Tucker Carlson questioned former world number one Norman if it was true that Woods was given $700-800 million to join the LIV Golf series during an interview that aired on Monday, Norman said that it was not true.
When asked about the figure, Norman said, “That statistic was out there before I became CEO. It’s true that figure has been floating around. As far as I know, Tiger is a needle mover. As a result, you’ll be looking at the best and the brightest. Since Tiger approached them prior to my becoming CEO, the amount is somewhere in that range.”

Norman had previously said that Woods was offered a large sum of money to participate, but he turned it down, according to the Washington Post in June. Woods’ plan is “mind-blowingly massive; we’re talking about high nine-digit figures,” according to Norman.
There are several prominent names in the golfing industry who have decided to abandon the PGA and DP World Tours in order to play in the controversial tour.
As a result of the breakaway enterprise, major champions such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell as well as Charl Schwartzel and Martin Kaymer have all signed on.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, chairs the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which has contributed $250 million in prize money to the LIV Golf Series.
Many players, notably Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, have criticised the decision to take money from a country with a poor human rights record.

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Before the St. Andrews Open in Scotland in July, Tiger Woods stated he disagreed with the players who had walked out on him.
According to the 15-time major champion, “what they’ve done is turned their back on what has allowed them to reach to this position.”
These players may never get the opportunity to compete in a major tournament. ” That’s an option. That hasn’t been determined yet. This is a decision that must be made by all of the main championship organisations. There is a danger, though, that some golfers may never get the opportunity to play in a major event, or to walk the courses of Augusta National.

For a job that pays guaranteed wages, what motivates these guys to practise? What motivates you to put your hands in the dirt and work hard for your money? You’re just playing a few tournaments and playing 54 holes for a large sum of money. They’re playing loud music and creating all kinds of unique atmospheres.”
To Woods’ point, “I simply don’t see how that shift is helpful in the long run for a lot of these guys,” particularly if the LIV organisation does not receive world ranking points and the major tournaments alter their requirements for entry, was added.
As a former player, I would be sorry if any of these young players never had the opportunity to participate in these tournaments and walk the sacred grounds.
For his involvement in the splinter tour, Woods even went so far as to criticise Norman himself, to the dismay of Norman. In my opinion, Greg has done certain things that I don’t believe are in the best interest of our sport, and we’re returning to what is arguably the most historic and traditional location in our sport. “
To conclude the inaugural season of LIV Golf, Henrik Stenson triumphed in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Sunday.
The 46-year-old Swede won $4 million at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster about two weeks after he was stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy for participating in the series.
Former US President Donald Trump, who was on hand for the whole three days of the competition and owns the course, helped him receive the trophy.

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