Tiger Woods turned down an offer that Greg Norman said was “in those waters” of between $700 million to $800 million to compete in the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Norman had said in June that the offer was “mind-boggling, we’re talking a high nine-figure amount.”
Greg Norman and Tiger Woods
Woods has always been one of the opponents of the new circuit, as he confirmed during his speech before The Open at St Andrews, explaining in particular that the players who had taken the money from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund had “turned their backs ” at the PGA Tour who made them golf stars and he didn’t understand the point of training hard when the money was guaranteed.
“That amount existed before I became CEO of LIV Golf Investments,” Norman said on Tucker Carlson Tonight, a talk show known for its ultra-conservative stances. Aired Monday the interview was recorded Sunday at Trump National in Bedminster where the third LIV Golf Invitational took place.
“They originally approached Tiger because they wanted the best”. explained Greg Norman. By comparison, Phil Mickelson reportedly received a $200 million signing bonus, while Dustin Johnson reportedly received a check for $150 million.
DJ is the only player in the world’s top 20 in LIV Golf, but it is rumored that Cameron Smith (Winner of The Open 2022) or Hideki Matsuyama (Winner of the Masters 2021) could take the plunge after the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
When asked why his tour had caused such an outcry among American golf fans, Norman replied bluntly, “I don’t know. I don’t care,” Norman said. “I love the game so much and want to grow the game of golf and we at LIV see this opportunity not only for men but also for women”.
Among the intentions attributed to LIV Golf, there is the project to have women and men play the same day on the same course in different competitions. For her part, the boss of the LPGA, declared recently that in the event of interest from the LIV for the development of women’s events, she was not closed to discussions.