Tiger Woods reportedly turned down an offer that will make your jaw drop.
Somewhere between $700 million and $800 million was offered to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman confirmed in an interview that aired Monday night. Norman, appearing on an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, said LIV Golf approached Woods, a 15-time major champion, before he was named the new circuit’s CEO and commissioner.
Greg Norman confirms to Tucker Carlson that LIV offered Tiger Woods somewhere in the range of $700 to $800 million to join the tour
— Sam Stein (@samstein) August 2, 2022
“That number was out there before I became CEO,” Norman told Fox News host Tucker Carlson during an interview that took place at this past weekend’s LIV Golf Invitational Series event at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. “Look, Tiger is a needle mover, right? So, of course you’re got to look at the best of the best. They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. That number is somewhere in that neighborhood.”
Watch Norman’s full interview below:
Something big is happening in the world of golf. Golf legend and @LIVGolfInv Commissioner Greg Norman is at the center of it all. We spoke to him to learn more about the new league. pic.twitter.com/DaOCcMjmpr
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) August 2, 2022
Woods has been among the most outspoken supporters of the PGA Tour during its ongoing battle with LIV Golf for the best players in the world. At the Open in St. Andrews, Woods said he supported the R&A’s decision not to invite Norman, a two-time winner of the event, to the 150th celebration of The Open.
“The R&A obviously have their opinions and their rulings and their decision,” Woods said. “Greg has done some things that I don’t think is in the best interest of our game, and we’re coming back to probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport. I believe it’s the right thing.”
During the interview with Carlson, Norman called the PGA Tour a “monopoly” and said it has created obstacles that caused LIV Golf to alter its plans for its launch.
“It’s a monopoly,” Norman said. “They just want to shut us down whatever way they can, so they’ll use whatever leverage point they can to shut us down, and they’re not. They’re not going to shut us down because the product speaks for itself.”
"The PGA Tour has 27 sponsors who do $40 billion worth of business in Saudi Arabia on an annual basis."#LIVGolf Chairman Greg Norman exposes the PGA Tour's hypocrisy in interview on Tucker Carlson. pic.twitter.com/jMkLPHKsWf
— LIV Golf Nation (@LIVGolfNation) August 2, 2022
During the interview with Carlson, Norman said that one of the biggest sponsors of women’s golf is Aramco, the Saudi Arabian Oil Company.
Tiger really turned down a boatload of money.
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