Tiger Woods Turned Down Nearly $1B From Saudi-Run LIV Golf

Woods — an outspoken critic of LIV Golf — turned rejected the proposed deal, LIV Golf CEO said Monday.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 02: Tiger Woods of the USA looks on during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club on February 2, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods likely won’t rake in as much money as he used to, thanks to his myriad injuries over the years. Nonetheless, he’s not selling out.

Tiger Woods recently demonstrated his loyalty to the PGA, declining a competing company’s offer, CNN reported Tuesday. Live Golf CEO and former golfing legend Greg Norman disclosed the news on Monday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight.

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour reportedly offered a ludicrous $700 million to $800 million for Tiger Woods to join its fold. But perhaps even more shocking, Woods — an outspoken critic of LIV Golf — turned rejected the proposed deal.

“That number was out there before I became CEO,” Norman reportedly told Carlson. “So, that number’s been out there, yes. Look, Tiger’s a needle mover, right?”

Norman added: “So, of course, you’re going to look at the best of the best. They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO, so, yes, that number is somewhere in that neighborhood.”

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Tiger Woods Vs. LIV Golf

The first LIV Golf Invitational Series started June 9 at the Centurion Club near London. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, finances LIV Golf owner LIV Golf Investments.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an antitrust investigation into the PGA Tour’s dealings with LIV Golf Invitational Series, which continues to pick up professional golfers from the majors.

Ahead of the 150th Open Championship at Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland Tiger Woods criticized LIV Golf and its new recruits.

“I disagree with it,” Woods said, according to ESPN. “I think that what they’ve done is turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.”

“What these players are doing for guaranteed money … what is the incentive to practice?” he continued. “What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt? You’re just getting paid a lot of money upfront and playing a few events and playing 54 holes.”

Could this be the first step in the once-maligned golfer’s attempt to regain his integrity and/or repair his public image?

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