Golf legend Greg Norman claims that Tiger Woods was offered something in the area of $700 million to $800 million to participate in the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series.
According to the Washington Post, Norman has reaffirmed what he said in an article two months ago. He described it as “mind-blowingly large; we’re talking about high nine digits” in a statement made in June.
A year ago, Tiger Woods issued his harshest statement against LIV Golf, saying that players who accepted the money provided by the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund had “turned their backs” on PGA Tours that had made them world-renowned.
Exactly when Woods received an offer is unknown.
“Before I became CEO, that statistic was already out there. Certainly, that amount has been floating about “Norman made the remarks in a Fox News interview that aired Sunday at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the third LIV Golf Invitational was taking place.
Tiger is a needle-mover, so of course you must look at the finest of the best, Norman explained. “So it appears that Tiger approached them before I was CEO. So, certainly, that figure was in the ballpark of that range.”
Phil Mickelson reportedly earned a $200 million signing bonus, while Dustin Johnson received $150 million, according to sources from the United Kingdom. There is a $25 million prize pool for the 48-man fields that play 54 holes with no cut. Next year, Norman has planned a 14-tournament calendar.
One of the top 20 players in the world, Dustin Johnson, presently plays for LIV Golf.
Because of the financing source, the series and its cast members have come under fire for their human rights violations and ties to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
American golf fans are up in arms over Norman’s rival circuit, and when asked why, Norman simply said “I don’t know.”
I’m not bothered by it, Norman said. Golf is a sport that “I really love so much and I want to develop the game of golf, and we at LIV see that possibility not just in terms of men, but also in terms of women,” he said.
When the FedEx Cup playoffs begin, the LIV Golf Invitational is suspended for a month, resuming on Labor Day weekend around an hour west of Boston.