Greg Norman claims Tiger Woods has been offered a ‘nine-figure’ offer to leave the PGA Tour and play on his Saudi-backed LIV golf invitational series.
In an extensive interview with The Washington Post, Norman didn’t hesitate to say that opponents of LIV Golf have been ‘brainwashed’ and that golfing legend Jack Nicklaus is a ‘hypocrite’ for speaking out against it. the league.
But the biggest revelation was the staggering bid made to poach 15-time winner and greatest men’s player of all time, Woods.
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Norman tells the Washington Post that the offer Woods turned down was “surprisingly huge; we are talking about high nine figures”.
Woods – whose relationship with Norman has been strained for a long time – is said to be unmoved and recommitted to the PGA Tour as recently as the PGA Championship last month.
His stance ran counter to that of Phil Mickelson, who confirmed he would be taking part in LIV Golf’s opening event this week.
Asked about Mickelson, Woods said, “He has his opinion on where he sees the game of golf. I have my point of view.
Speaking more generally about LIV Golf and the PGA Tour, he added: “I just think what Jack (Nicklaus) and Arnold (Palmer) did starting the (PGA) Tour… I just think there’s has a legacy to that. I still think the tour has so much to offer, so many opportunities.
“I understand different points of view, but I believe in legacies. I believe in major championships. I believe in great events, in comparisons with historical figures of the past.
“There’s a lot of money here… But it’s like any other sport. You have to go out there and earn it… It’s just not guaranteed from the start.
The LIV Golf Invitational series kicks off June 9 with Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood its biggest names.
LIV Golf also announced that the tournament would not be broadcast via traditional channels, but would instead be broadcast online worldwide.