Ian Poulter offered £22 MILLION to bin Ryder Cup and play in Saudi Golf Tour

Surely Ian Poulter will not sacrifice his chances of one day being the European Ryder Cup captain for Saudi money? 

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Tue, 1 Feb 2022
Ian Poulter offered $22 MILLION to bin Ryder Cup and play in Saudi Golf Tour

Ian Poulter has been offered $22 million to compete in Greg Norman's Saudi-backed Super Golf League, acccording to a report in The Telegraph.

Should Poulter, 46, decide to take up such an offer he would be ineligible to further represent Europe at the Ryder Cup both either as a player or a captain.

The United States may have emphatically won the 2020 Ryder Cup, which was staged at Whistling Straits in September last year, but Poulter took down Tony Finau 3&2 to remain undefeated in the singles in a Ryder Cup career that spans 17 years and five team victories.

Poulter has made his intentions clear that he would love to represent Europe one more time before he hangs up his FootJoys, and many would consider he is a strong favourite to captain the European side at New York in 2025. 

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But after the latest revelation by golf correspondent James Corrigan in The Telepgraph today, Poulter may never get the chance to skipper the side if he decides to cash in on his lucrative Saudi proposal - unless Ryder Cup Europe decides to bend the rules in the future. 

Henrik Stenson is also in the same boat, although no financial figures have been announced where the Swede is concerned.

"It is understood that Poulter has been offered between $20 million and $30 million up front and like his good friend Henrik Stenson now has a decision to make," reads Corrigan's report. 

"A life-changing sum of money or the Ryder Cup?"

Poulter's net worth is estimated to stand at £60 million. 

Greg Norman has been named CEO of LIV Golf Investments, which will receive money from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

Earlier today, the Asian Tour and LIV Golf Investments unveiled The International Series and the 2022-2023 destinations and prize purses for its ground-breaking series of 10 marquee international events, one of which will be in England at Centurion Club. 

Today’s announcement also saw the unveiling of the new brand, name, and logo as well as an increase in the lucrative and unprecedented investment into the Asian Tour from $200million to $300million further solidifying LIV Golf Investments dedication to the global game.

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"We are setting the Asian Tour up as a powerful new force on the world stage," said Norman.

"Just because The International Series is associated with the Asian Tour, we want to get the message out there that it's not specifically for the Asian region.

"Healthy competition and respectful competition should spread golf globally. 

"That's why it's so encouraging we can go to London, it'll be so encouraging when we go to the United States.

"This is just the beginning, just the infancy of this journey. 

"We're not in this for a fight, there's no question. We're in this for the good ofr the game."

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