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Tiger Woods turned down LIV Golf’s $800 million ‘neighborhood’ offer, Greg Norman confirms

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Tiger Woods turned down LIV Golf’s approach when he was offered in the $700-800m ‘neighborhood’, Greg Norman has confirmed.

Norman, speaking on Tucker Carlson Tonight, revealed the talks that began before he was named CEO and commissioner of the rebel tour.

Woods has emerged as the sport’s staunchest supporter of the PGA Tour during the civil war that broke out with LIV Golf this year, siding with the R&A at The Open at St Andrews because he met Norman, a two-time… Open champion, not invited 150th celebration.

And Norman has now entered talks with the biggest name in land golf, previously calling the offer “staggeringly enormous; we’re talking high nine-digit numbers here.”

“This number was out there before I became CEO. So that number was out there, yeah,” Norman said in the Fox News interview at Trump National in Bedminster, NJ, during the third LIV Golf Invitational.

“And look, Tiger is a needle maker and of course you have to look at the best of the best,” Norman said. “So they originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. So, yes, that number was somewhere in this neighborhood.”

LIV Golf has shaken up the game of golf with huge offers for some of the world’s best players, with Phil Mickelson reportedly receiving a $200 million signing bonus and Dustin Johnson $150 million.

But any hopes of landing Woods appear to have vanished since the 46-year-old criticized Norman last month.

“The R&A obviously have their opinions and their judgments and their decisions,” Woods said. “Greg has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interest of our game and we are returning to what is probably our sport’s most historic and storied place. I think it’s the right thing.

“I don’t agree with that. I think what they did is they turned their backs on what allowed them to get to that position.”

Norman further criticized the PGA Tour in the interview, adding, “It’s a monopoly.

“They just want to take us out in any way they can, so they’re going to use every pressure point they can to take us out and they’re not doing that. You will not shut us down because the product speaks for itself.

“[Corporate sponsors dropping players who have defected to LIV Golf] this leaves me speechless. Sponsors, by the way, who spend billions of dollars in Saudi Arabia. I think the PGA Tour has about 27 sponsors who do more than $40 billion worth of business in Saudi Arabia every year.

“Why isn’t the PGA Tour calling the CEO of these organizations? [and say], ‘I’m sorry we can’t do business with you because you do business with Saudi Arabia.’ Why are they picking on the pro golfers?”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/tiger-woods-liv-golf-greg-norman-b2136224.html Tiger Woods turned down LIV Golf’s $800 million ‘neighborhood’ offer, Greg Norman confirms

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