LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman confirmed in an interview with Tucker Carlson, that Tiger Woods was offered in the region of $700m-$800m to join the LIV Golf Tour.
This is not particularly surprising however, and arguably a low number, considering the draw of Woods, the money of the Saudi's, and Norman's previous comments about Woods being offered somewhere in the "high nine digits".
That number was out there before I became CEO," said Norman in the interview with Fox News' Carlson. Tiger is a needle-mover, right? So of course you've got to look at the best of the best. That number is somewhere in that neighbourhood. They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO.
Despite these astronomical figures, it is extremely unlikely he will ever partner up with LIV Golf, and he has criticised the breakaway tour in the past, saying that, "to play there I disagree with it. I think that what they've done is they've turned their back on what has allowed them to get into this position."
Norman Defends LIV Golf
Norman also used the interview to accuse the PGA Tour of hypocrisy, and to question them about their own connections to Saudi Arabia.
That blows my mind. Sponsors, by the way, who spend billions of dollars in Saudi Arabia. The PGA Tour has about 27 sponsors, I think, who do 40-plus billion dollars' worth of business on an annual basis in Saudi Arabia.
Why doesn't the PGA Tour call the CEO of those organisations (and say), 'I'm sorry we can't do business with you because you're doing business with Saudi Arabia?' Why are they picking on the professional golfers?