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Tiger Woods turned down at least $700m from Saudi Arabia-funded LIV golf series, says Greg Norman

Golf icon Tiger Woods turned down at least $700 million from the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV golf series, which had sought his name as a “needle mover,” the league’s head said Monday.

In a taped interview that was broadcast Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight Carlson asked LIV CEO Greg Norman if his tour had offered Woods $700 million to $800 million to play with.

“And look, Tiger’s a needle maker, right? So obviously you have to look at the best of the best,” Norman told Carlson.

“So they originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. So, yes, that number was somewhere in this neighborhood.”

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Critics say LIV is a tool of the Saudi government and accused it of diverting attention from Riyadh’s human rights record and possible links to the 9/11 plotters.

The PGA has suspended players who signed up to LIV.

“It’s a monopoly. They just want to shut us down in any way they can,” Norman said, referring to the PGA. “So they’re going to use every lever to shut us down, and they’re not doing that. They won’t shut us down.”

Norman, 67, was one of the greats of his timewins the 1986 Open Championship before Repeating the feat in 1993. He finished in the top 10 at 30 majors.

Norman defended his tour and blasted sponsors who dropped LIV golfers, saying many of those companies also do business with Saudi Arabia.

“Tucker, this blows my mind, and by the way sponsors spending billions of dollars in Saudi Arabia,” said Norman, who did not list any of the companies he accused of hypocrisy.

Woods’ agent and PGA officials could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

Henrik Stenson won the LIV Golf Invitational at Bedminster On Sunday, he won a $4 million prize at the New Jersey club owned by former President Donald Trump, who was in attendance at the tournament.

“He loves it,” Norman said of Trump. “And this week he’s only been in the background but in the foreground if you get my meaning.

“He’s been fantastic this week. He doesn’t introduce himself to LIV. He accepted. He ran to the first tee. He lets LIV breathe, which I think is fantastic.”

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