Woods’ LIV golf offering has been unveiled

The LIV Golf International Series has failed to sign Tiger Woods, but has not been short of attempts. The Saudi-backed golf league offered the 15-time major winner nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to take part in the Upstart tour.

In an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman was asked if Woods had been offered a $700 million to $800 million contract to leave the PGA Tour. Norman acknowledged the proposed numbers were close to what LIV Golf was willing to pay Woods.

“That number was out there, yes,” Norman said to Carlson. “Tiger is a needle mover. So of course you have to look at the best of the best. They originally approached Tiger before I became CEO.

“Yes, this number is somewhere in this area.”

LIV Golf has lured some of the PGA Tour’s biggest stars away with massive guaranteed contracts. Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson reportedly landed nine-figure deals to join LIV Golf. Phil Mickelson ranks as LIV Golf’s highest-paid player with a contract valued at nearly $200 million.

Woods has the most money in PGA Tour history with more than $120 million in career earnings. The 46-year-old became a billionaire for his off-course business ventures earlier this year, according to Forbes.

Woods has been an outspoken critic of players leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, questioning their decision to join a league that features shorter and less competitive tournaments. LIV golf tournaments last only three days compared to the four-day events on the PGA Tour and are limited to just 48 players.

“What these players are doing for guaranteed money, what’s the incentive to practice?” Woods said ahead of last month’s Open Championship. “What’s the incentive to go out there and make it in the dirt? You just get paid a lot of money up front and play a few events and play 54 holes.

“They play pounding music and have all these vibes that are different. I can understand that 54 holes is almost like a mandate when you come to senior tour. The boys are a bit older and a bit more wacky. But when you’re at that young age and some of these kids — they’re really kids that went from amateur golf to this organization — 72-hole testing is a part of it.”

There are eight events on the 2022 LIV Golf program. The tour is set to expand to include 14 events in 2023. More than $405 million in prize money will be awarded for next year’s tournaments.

“They’re not going to shut us down because the product speaks for itself,” Norman told Carlson. “We have calls from players almost every day [saying] “I want in… the list of players wanting to come in just keeps getting longer. Which again is proof of proper white noise.”


Photo: AFP / Paul ELLIS Woods’ LIV golf offering has been unveiled

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