Imagine being this rich that you can turn down nearly a billion dollars and not blink.
Greg Norman told The Washington Post that Tiger rejected a “mind-blowingly enormous” offer from LIV Golf. He added that “we’re talking about high nine digits.”
This week, Norman claimed that LIV Golf offered to pay Woods in the vicinity of $700 million to $800 million.
LIV Golf is backed financially by the Saudi Arabian government, which has faced scrutiny for its history of human rights violations. Many PGA Tour golfers have accepted sizable payments to join LIV Golf.
“Well, he certainly doesn’t need the money. Legacy is a big deal to Tiger,” New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro told Pro Football Talk’s Peter King recently. “Tiger is a big golf nerd. He is heavily aligned with the PGA Tour. He’s not going to cross the PGA.”
Last month, Woods made it clear that he is loyal to the PGA Tour and has no interest in joining LIV.
“The players who have chosen to go to LIV and play there, I disagree with it,” Woods said. “I think that what they’ve done is they’ve turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”
The legendary golfer also took a shot at Norman for forming the breakaway tour, saying, “I know Greg tried to do this back in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I still don’t see how that’s in the best interests of the game.”