Tiger Woods turned down a sum within the area of $700-800m (£572-654m) to hitch the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Collection, in line with the breakaway circuit’s chief govt Greg Norman.
Norman instructed Fox Information the supply was made earlier than the Australian was named chief of the controversial sequence, which is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund.
The interview, performed final weekend throughout the LIV Golf occasion in Bedminster, NJ, aired Monday evening on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”.
“That quantity was on the market earlier than I turned CEO,” Norman mentioned of the greenback determine offered to Woods. “Look, Tiger is a needle-mover, proper? So, after all you’re acquired to take a look at the very best of the very best. That they had initially approached Tiger earlier than I turned CEO. That quantity is someplace in that neighbourhood.”
Woods has maintained his allegiance to the PGA Tour over the brand new circuit.
Talking on the Open Championship in Scotland final month, Woods mentioned, “The gamers who’ve chosen to go to LIV and to play there, I disagree with it. I feel that what they’ve accomplished is that they’ve turned their again on what has allowed them to get to this place.
“You’re simply getting paid some huge cash up entrance and taking part in a number of occasions and taking part in 54 holes. They’re taking part in blaring music and have all these atmospheres which can be completely different.
“I simply don’t see how that transfer is constructive in the long run for lots of those gamers, particularly if the LIV organisation doesn’t get world-ranking factors and the main championships change their standards for coming into the occasions.”