Tiger Woods turned down a deal that Greg Norman says was “some place around there” of $700 million to $800 million to participate in the Saudi-subsidized LIV Golf series.
During an appearance on Fox News with Tucker Carlson that circulated Monday night, Norman affirmed everything he said to the Washington Post in a story two months prior. Norman told the Post in June the proposition was “mind-blowingly gigantic; we’re discussing high nine digits.”
Woods has been against LIV Golf since before the end of last year, and he conveyed his most grounded remarks at the British Open when he said players who took the cash supported by the Saudi Arabian sovereign abundance store had “turned their back” on the PGA Tour that put them on the map.
At the point when a proposition was made to Woods was not understood.
“That number was out there before I became CEO. So that number has been out there, yes,” Norman said in the Fox News interview, which occurred Sunday at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the third LIV Golf Invitational was held.Various reports out of the United Kingdom have said Phil Mickelson gotten a $200 million marking reward, while Dustin Johnson got $150 million. The 48-man fields, which play 54 openings with no cut, offer $25 million in prize cash at every occasion. Norman reported a 14-competition plan for the following year.
LIV Golf as of now has just a single player – – Johnson at No. 18 – – from the best 20 on the planet.
The wellspring of the subsidizing has prompted sharp analysis of the series and the players who have enrolled on the grounds that it is seen as an endeavor to divert consideration from its basic liberties record and connections to the Sept. 11 psychological oppressor assaults.
Inquired as to why his opponent visit has created such a ruckus among American golf fans, Norman answered evidently, “I don’t have the foggiest idea.”
“I truly couldn’t care less,” Norman said. “I simply love the game so a lot and I need to become the sport of golf and we at LIV see that open door for the men as well as for the ladies.”
The LIV Golf Invitational is off for a month during the FedEx Cup end of the season games on the PGA Tour, returning over Labor Day weekend about an hour west of Boston, and afterward fourteen days after the fact plays in the Chicago suburbs.”And, look, Tiger is a needle-mover and obviously you need to take a gander at the most elite,” Norman said. “So they had initially moved toward Tiger before I became CEO. Along these lines, indeed, that number was some place around there.”