Tiger Woods turned down a contract “within the neighborhood of” $700 million and $800 million to affix the LIV Golf Invitational Collection, CEO Greg Norman confirmed throughout an look on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday (August 1).
“That quantity was on the market earlier than I grew to become CEO,” Norman stated when requested by Carlson if the reported provide vary was true. “Look, Tiger is a needle mover, proper? So, in fact you are bought to take a look at one of the best of one of the best. They’d initially approached Tiger earlier than I grew to become CEO, so sure. That quantity is someplace in that neighborhood.”
Woods, a 15-time main champion, has publicly supported the PGA Tour in its ongoing battle with the rising LIV Golf to maintain one of the best golfers on the planet, but additionally confirmed his assist of the Royal & Historical Golf Membership of Saint Andrews’ choice to ask Norman, a two-time winner of the Open championship, to the one hundred and fiftieth celebration of the occasion final month, regardless of his ties to the controversial league.
“The R&A clearly have their opinions and their rulings and their choice,” Woods stated by way of ESPN. “Greg has performed some issues that I do not suppose is in one of the best curiosity of our sport, and we’re coming again to most likely probably the most historic and conventional place in our sport. I consider it is the best factor.”
Woods was additionally crucial of gamers who left the PGA Tour so as to be a part of LIV Golf, which has controversial ties to the Public Funding Fund of Saudi Arabia.
A number of of golf’s greatest names, together with Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, have all signed multiyear offers with LIV Golf, which presents assured contracts ranging between $100 million and $200 million.
“I disagree with it,” Woods stated. “I feel that what they’ve performed is that they’ve turned their again on what has allowed them to get to this place.”
In June, the PGA Tour suspended all 17 members who competed within the inaugural LIV Golf occasion, in accordance with a duplicate of a memo asserting the punishment to gamers shared by Entrance Workplace Sports activities forward of the occasion on June 9.
The introduced disciplinary motion got here simply because the 17 PGA members and former members hit their opening tee photographs within the inaugural occasion, which was held at Centurion Membership exterior of London.
Norman’s interview with Carlson was taped on the LIV Golf Invitational Collection at Trump Nationwide in Bedminster, New Jersey final weekend, which resulted in protests from 9/11 teams given Saudi Arabia’s connection to the 2001 terrorist assaults and the proximity of the course to New York Metropolis.