Maybe it’s not all about the green in golf.
Tiger Woods was offered between $700 million and $800 million to join the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf tour, according to tour leader Greg Norman.
Woods, 46, rejected the offer and has openly ripped the LIV tour. Previous reports had said only that Woods turned down an offer in the high nine figures.
“That number has been out there, yes,” Norman told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “Tiger is a needle mover. So of course you got to look at the best of the best. They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO.”
Phil Mickelson, 52, was reportedly paid $200 million to be the biggest name on the LIV tour. Mickelson is arguably still the second-biggest name in golf despite his underwhelming performance on the course. Dustin Johnson, the breakaway tour’s best active player, was reportedly paid $150 million.
Woods has consistently criticized the Saudi-funded tour, most recently in July before the British Open.
“What these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt?” Woods said. “You’re just getting paid a lot of money up front, and playing a few events and playing 54 holes.”
Carlson was interviewing Norman because last weekend’s LIV event was played at a Donald Trump-owned course in Bedminster, N.J. Also attending were 9/11 survivors and victim’s families, who blasted Trump and the LIV golfers for taking money from Saudi Arabia despite the nation’s reported involvement in the attacks. Fifteen of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi nationals.
“We’re standing in the backyard of where people were turned to dust,” said an emotional Brett Eagleson, gathered with other protesters. “This is the worst form of greed and of evil. The golfers and the former president are cowards.”©2022 New York Daily News. Visit at nydailynews.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.