Celebrity golfer Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a significant provide to hitch the Saudi-backed LIV Golf.
Chatting with the Washington Submit, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman mentioned Tiger Woods turned down a “mind-blowingly huge” deal to affiliate with the match that goals to upend the PGA monopoly.
“We’re speaking about excessive 9 digits,” Norman mentioned. As famous by Golf Digest, information of the Tiger Woods provide comes after all-time nice Jack Nicklaus acknowledged he “turned down a $100 million provide to be related to LIV Golf” on prime of stories that “Dustin Johnson obtained a nine-figure deal to play within the LIV Golf Invitational sequence.”Tiger Woods beforehand expressed his assist and loyalty to the PGA Championship in Might.
Tiger Woods performs a shot on the 2022 Masters (Andrew Redington/Getty Pictures)
“You recognize, [Phil Mickelson] has his opinion on the place he sees the sport of golf going. I’ve my viewpoint on how I see the sport of golf, and I’ve supported the tour and my basis has run occasions on the tour for quite a lot of years,” Woods mentioned.“I simply suppose that what Jack [Nicklaus] and Arnold [Palmer] have finished in beginning the tour and breaking away from the PGA of America and creating our tour in ’68 or ’69, someplace in there, I simply suppose there’s a legacy to that,” headed. Tiger added that he nonetheless believes within the “legacy” of the PGA Tour and that it nonetheless has a lot alternative to supply.
“There’s loads of cash out right here. The tour is rising. However it’s identical to some other sport. It’s like tennis. It’s a must to go on the market and earn it. You’ve obtained to go on the market and play for it. We’ve alternative to go forward and do it. It’s simply not assured up entrance,” he mentioned.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan threatened gamers with sanctions and suspensions ought to they take part within the LIV sequence. The 54-hole occasion will probably be performed on the Centurion Golf Membership outdoors of London, which will probably be attended by 16 of the highest 100-ranked gamers on the earth.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan (AP Picture/Marta Lavandier)
Although Dustin Johnson initially mentioned he wouldn’t take part within the occasion, his agent mentioned he finally felt it was “in his and his household’s finest curiosity.”
“Dustin has been considering this chance off-and-on for the previous couple of years. In the end, he determined it was in his and his household’s finest curiosity to pursue it,” mentioned Johnson’s agent. “Dustin has by no means had any challenge with the PGA Tour and is grateful for all it has given him, however in the long run felt this was too compelling to cross up.”
When requested in regards to the occasion in the course of the PGA Championship, Johnson mentioned, “I believe golf is in a great spot, and I believe what they’re doing … may probably be good for the sport of golf. I’m excited to see what occurs right here in just a few weeks.”
LIV founder Greg Norman sparked controversy final month when he addressed his Saudi Arabia ties by saying the government-sanctioned killing of Jamal Khashoggi was a mere mistake, no totally different than the numerous previous errors dedicated by the US.
In keeping with the New York Submit, Norman’s LIV Golf goals to “compete with the PGA Tour by promising golfers more cash — and assured look charges — for fewer appearances.” The PGA Tour lately denied golfers waivers to compete within the first LIV Invitational Golf Collection match.