Tiger Woods rejected $700-800 million to join LIV Golf, says Greg Norman

LIV Golf Investments chief executive Greg Norman has revealed the real figure Tiger Woods rejected to join the controversial breakaway Saudi-funded tour.

Tiger Woods rejected $700-800 million to join LIV Golf, says Greg Norman
Tiger Woods rejected $700-800 million to join LIV Golf, says Greg Norman

The true figure Tiger Woods turned down from LIV Golf was reportedly between $700-800m, according to Greg Norman. 

Woods, 46, was reportedly approached by the Saudi-backed circuit even before Norman, 72, was announced as their chief executive late last year. 

LIV Golf have now played three $25million events in their inaugural eight-event series which were won by Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace and Henrik Stenson. 

Swede Stenson, 46, fired shots after victory in his debut a week after he was stripped of the Ryder Cup Europe captaincy. "I think we can all agree I played like a captain," he said. 

Norman told Fox News: "That number was out there before I became CEO. So that number has been out there, yes. 

"And, look, Tiger is a needle-mover and of course you have to look at the best of the best."

Tiger Woods rejected $700-800 million to join LIV Golf, says Greg Norman

He added: "So they had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. So, yes, that number was somewhere in that neighborhood." 

The Great White Shark revealed in June that 15-time major champion Woods turned down a "high nine digit offer" from LIV. 

He described Woods' offer as "mind-blowingly enormous". 

Unsurprisingly as an 82-time PGA Tour winner, the big cat has consistently spoken out in favour of the established circuit. 

When the de facto face of LIV, Phil Mickelson, returned to major championship golf following his exile from the game after his controversial remarks about the Saudis and the PGA Tour were published, Woods hit out at Lefty. 

Despite saying that the game missed Mickelson, Woods said that he "believed in legacy and major championships." 

Woods went in hard on the LIV players before the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, where he missed the cut. 

Read more about that here. 

What did Woods say about LIV Golf?

Tiger Woods rejected $700-800 million to join LIV Golf, says Greg Norman

This is what Woods said about LIV at the 150th Open Championship:

"The players who have chosen to go to LIV and to play on -- to play there, I disagree with it. I think that what they've done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.

"Some players have never got a chance to even experience it. They've gone right from the amateur ranks right into that organisation and never really got a chance to play out here and what it feels like to play a TOUR schedule or to play in some big events.

"And who knows what's going to happen in the near future with world-ranking points, the criteria for entering major championships. The governing body is going to have to figure that out.

"Some of these players may not ever get a chance to play in major championships. That is a possibility. We don't know that for sure yet. It's up to all the major championship bodies to make that determination. But that is a possibility, that some players will never, ever get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience this right here, walk down the fairways at Augusta National.

"That, to me, I just don't understand it. I understand what Jack and Arnold did because playing professional golf at a TOUR level versus a club pro is different, and I understand that transition and that move and the recognition that a touring pro versus a club pro is.

"But what these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practise? What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt? You're just getting paid a lot of money up front and playing a few events and playing 54 holes. They're playing blaring music and have all these atmospheres that are different.

"I just don't see how, out of 54 holes -- I can understand 54 holes is almost like a mandate when you get to the Senior Tour. The guys are little bit older and a little more banged up. But when you're at this young age and some of these kids -- they really are kids who have gone from amateur golf into that organisation -- 72-hole tests are part of it. We used to have 36-hole playoffs for major championships. That's how it used to be -- 18-hole U.S. Open playoffs.

"I just don't see how that move is positive in the long term for a lot of these players, especially if the LIV organisation doesn't get world-ranking points and the major championships change their criteria for entering the events.

"It would be sad to see some of these young kids never get a chance to experience it and experience what we've got a chance to experience and walk these hallowed grounds and play in these championships."

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