In June, Tiger Woods turned down a “mind-blowingly enormous” offer to join LIV Golf. Now, we know just about how much that proposition was worth.
During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that aired Monday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman confirmed that the Saudi-backed competition offered Woods between $700 million and $800 million to defect from the PGA Tour.
Interestingly, it wasn’t Norman who made the offer.
“That number was out there before I became CEO,” he said during the interview, which took place at this past weekend’s LIV tournament in Bedminster, New Jersey. “Look, Tiger is a needle mover, right? So, of course you’ve got to look at the best of the best.”
Woods, of course, has no need for the money: The 46-year-old officially became a billionaire in June — golf’s first and only the third across all sports after Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
LIV was successful in convincing several high-profile names to jump, however; Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Bryson DeChambeau all reportedly received nine-figure deals.
In response, the PGA Tour recently announced elevated purses for its 2022-23 season, as it will offer a record $428.6 million in prize money.