Tiger Woods has already stated that he has no plans to switch from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, but it appears that he is forgoing a huge payday.
Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf, revealed to Tucker Carlson that the new tour had made Woods a $700–$800 million offer to leave the existing circuit.
The offer made to Woods was “mind-blowingly enormous,” Norman had claimed in June, adding, “we’re talking about high nine digits.” The actual range has now been made clear.
The Saudi Arabian government, which has a history of violating human rights and has been charged with sportswashing, provides financial support for LIV Golf. Many well-known golfers have joined the tour for the money, but Woods has not been tempted.
“Well, he certainly doesn’t need the money. Legacy is a big deal to Tiger,” New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro told Pro Football Talk’s Peter King recently. “Tiger is a big golf nerd. He is heavily aligned with the PGA Tour. He’s not going to cross the PGA.”
Woods made it clear to reporters at the 150th Open Championship last month that he is committed to the PGA Tour and has no desire to join LIV.
“The players who have chosen to go to LIV and play there, I disagree with it,” Woods said. “I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”
Woods also took a shot at Norman for forming the breakaway tour, saying, “I know Greg tried to do this back in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how that’s in the best interests of the game.”