According to CEO Greg Norman, Tiger Woods turned down a $700 million to $800 million offer to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

During an interview with Fox News that aired on Monday, the former world number one. 1 Tucker Carlson asked Norman if it was true that Woods was offered $700-800 million to play in the LIV Golf series.

“That number was known before I became CEO,” Norman replied. “So that number was there, yes. Look, Tiger moves with a needle, right?

“So, of course, you will be looking at the best of the best. They originally approached Tiger before I became CEO, so yes, that number is somewhere in that area.”

Earlier in June, Norman told the Washington Post that Woods had been offered huge sums of money to participate, but had turned it down. Norman said that Woods’ offer was “incredibly huge; we’re talking high nine numbers.”

The controversial tour attracted some notable players from the golfing world who left the established PGA Tour and DP World Tour to compete for fixed amounts of money.

Big winners Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Kepka, Sergio Garcia, Luis Ousthuisen, Graham McDowell, Charl Schwarzel and Martin Kaimer joined the breakaway venture, which offered players massive amounts of money to participate.

The LIV Golf Series is backed by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) – a sovereign wealth fund led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – and has pledged $250 million in total prize money.

However, this drew criticism from many players, including Rory McIlroy and Woods, for players abandoning the traditional golf system and accepting money from a country with a dismal human rights record.

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Before the July Open at St. Andrews, Scotland, Woods said he did not agree with the players who left.

“I think they turned their backs on what got them into that position,” said the 15-time major tournament winner.

“Some of these players may never get a chance to play in major championships. It’s possible. We don’t know for sure yet. that some players will never, never get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience it right here on the fairways in Augusta National.

Woods prepares a throw during his second round at the 150th Open in St. Louis.  Andrews.

“But what are these players doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What is the incentive to go there and make money in the dirt? You just get paid a lot of money up front and play multiple tournaments.” and play 54 holes. They play deafening music and create a completely different atmosphere.”

Woods added: “I just don’t see how positive this move will be in the long run for many of these players, especially if the LIV organization doesn’t get world ranking points and the major championships change their eligibility criteria. .

“It would be sad to see some of these little kids never get the chance to experience this and experience what we have the chance to experience, walk these sacred grounds and play these championships.”

Woods even went so far as to criticize Norman himself for his role in the breakaway tour. “Greg has done some things that I don’t think are in the best interests of our game and we’re going back to probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport.”

On Sunday, Henrik Stenson won the third round of LIV Golf’s debut season in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Nearly two weeks after he was stripped of his Ryder Cup captaincy for joining the series, the 46-year-old Swede threw 11 under par at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster and won $4 million.

He accepted the trophy alongside former US President Donald Trump, who attended the three-day event and owns the track.