Tiger Woods Turns Down A Figure Close To $1 Billion To Play In LIV Golf
Tiger Woods’ legacy matters to him more than any lump sum of money.
On Monday (June 6) the commissioner of LIV Golf and the CEO of LIV Gold Investments, Greg Norman, stated that golf mogul Tiger Woods turned down a figure close to $1 billion but will play in the PGA tournament.
The disclaimer was made after Phil Mickelson announced ending his four-month exile from gold at the Saudi-backed LIV series event on Thursday (June 2).
Greg Norman said:
“Mind-blowingly enormous. We’re talking about high nine digits.”
The PGA championships received offers in the nine digits. Dustin Johnson received $125 million to play in the league. Phil Mickelson received $200 million as well.
Tiger Woods, 46, told reporters he committed to the PGA Tournament:
“You know, Phil Mickelson has his opinion on where he sees the game of golf going. I have my viewpoint on how I see the game of golf, and I’ve supported the tour and my foundation has run events on the tour for a number of years. I just think that what Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have done in starting the tour and breaking away from the PGA of America and creating our tour in ’68 or ’69, somewhere in there, I just think there’s a legacy to that. I’ve been playing out here for a couple of years over decades, and I think there’s a legacy to it. I still think that the tour has so much to offer, so much opportunity.”
Tiger Woods continued:
“I understand different viewpoints, but I believe in legacies; I believe in major championships; I believe in big events, comparisons to historical figures of the past. There’s plenty of money out here. The tour is growing. But it’s just like any other sport. It’s like tennis. You have to go out there and earn it. You’ve got to go out there and play for it. We have opportunity to go ahead and do it. It’s just not guaranteed up front.”
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