Why Tiger Woods turned down over $700 million to play in new golf competition

Tiger Woods is not joining LIV Golf. Founded in 2021, this new dissident golf circuit financed by Saudi funds has been intending for several months to attract the greatest professionals of the little white ball with very juicy contracts. Stars like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson or Henrik Stenson have agreed to join her in recent weeks. But the competitor to the PGA Tour does not attract all the big names, starting with “the Tiger”. At the microphone of FoxNews, Greg Norman, the current CEO of LIV Golf, said that Tiger Woods had been approached by the circuit to become its great ambassador. By joining forces with LIV, the five-time winner of the Masters could have pocketed a huge check, revealed at between 700 and 800 million dollars. He ultimately declined the offer. “Tiger is someone who makes the difference, isn’t he? So of course we turn to the best of all. They had approached Tiger before I became CEO, so yeah, the number is in those waters,” Greg Norman said.

A colossal sum that would make any golfer dizzy. But that was apparently not enough to convince the 46-year-old golfer, who has since reaffirmed his commitment to the PGA Tour during a press conference during the British Open. He also took the opportunity to tackle those who would be tempted by the LIV Golf adventure. “The choice of players to go to the LIV, I cannot endorse it. They have turned their backs on what got them where they are. Some players haven’t even lived on the PGA Tour. They went directly from the amateur circuit to this organization without ever having the opportunity to feel what it is like to play on the circuit or in the big tournaments. And who knows what will happen to the world ranking points, what are the criteria to play for the Majors? Some of these players may never be able to play a Major, never have the chance to play at Saint Andrews, to walk the fairways of Augusta. That, to me, is incomprehensible.

In response to the creation of LIV Golf, the PGA recently decided to increase its prize pools for the upcoming season’s tournaments. Earnings awarded for eight invitational tournaments at The Players Championship will increase from $20 million to $25 million. The FedEx Cup prize pool will be increased by $75 million. The American circuit also wanted to reduce the number of players participating in the qualifications. “The general feeling is that the public wanted more impact for both the regular season and the FedEx Cup and also to strengthen the tournaments where players compete in duels,” explained Jay Monahan, president of the PGA Tour. . In the world of golf, war has been declared and everyone will soon have to choose a side.


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