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Tiger Woods reportedly turned down a nine-figure offer to spurn the PGA Tour and play in the Saudi-backed rival league LIV Golf.
Greg Norman, the commissioner of LIV Golf and CEO of LIV Golf Investments, told the Washington Post on Monday that Woods turned down the offer. Woods in the past has said he will continue to play in the PGA Tour.
Greg Norman during the prize giving ceremony following Day Four of the International Series England at Slaley Hall on June 05, 2022 in Hexham, England. (Luke Walker/LIV Golf/Getty Images)
“Mind-blowingly enormous,” Norman told the paper. “We’re talking about high nine digits.”
The offers some of the PGA championships reportedly received are in the nine digits as well. Dustin Johnson received around $125 million to play in the league, The Telegraph reported last week. Phil Mickelson, who officially announced is intention to play in the league on Monday, reached a deal around $200 million to play in the league, the Golf Channel reported.
Tiger Woods of USA and Greg Norman of Australia share a joke during the first round of the 133rd Open Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club on July 15, 2004 in Troon, Scotland. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Woods last month addressed the idea of Mickelson missing the PGA Championship and potentially playing in LIV Golf.
“It’s always disappointing when the defending champion is not here,” Woods told reporters in a press conference ahead of the tournament. “Phil has said some things that I think a lot of us who are committed to the Tour and committed to the legacy of the Tour have pushed back against. And he’s taken some personal time, and we all understand that.
Tiger Woods of the United States walks to the fourth tee during the third round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 21, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
“But I think that some of his views on how the Tour could be run, should be run, been a lot of disagreement there,” Woods added. “As a professional, we miss him being out here. I mean, he’s a big draw for the game of golf. He’s just taking his time, and we all wish him the best when he comes back. Obviously, we’re going to have difference of opinions, how he sees the Tour, and we’ll go from there.”
LIV Golf will tee off this weekend at Centurion Golf Club in London.
Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.