‘Number Was Out There Before’: LIV Commissioner Greg Norman Once Discussed Details About Tiger Woods’ Colossal Rejection of $800 Million Rival League Offer

Published 01/17/2023, 10:30 AM EST
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 08: Tiger Woods of the USA with Greg Norman of the USA during practice as a preview for the 2011 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on November 8, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

LIV Golf and its two-time Major winner CEO, Greg Norman, have successfully signed the top PGA Tour players for their new Tour. However, when it comes to catching the biggest fish, the lucrative Tour failed to get hold of Tiger Woods. Let’s look at when Norman shared the details of the failed persuasion of Woods before his arrival as the commissioner.

In the battle of golf Tours, Tiger has been the face of the PGA Tour. He has voiced his opinions against their nemesis and also taken the responsibility to mentor the young golfers on the American Tour.

On the other hand, LIV Golf has managed to attract all the top names in the American Tour. They even approached the 15-time Major winner with a beyond-reality 9-figure contract before Norman was appointed as the CEO.

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LIV Golf persuaded Tiger Woods before the arrival of Greg Norman

Since being appointed as the CEO, Norman has been acting as a shield for the breakaway Tour against heavy criticism. The top management duty was assigned to the Shark in the October of 2021. However, according to him, LIV Golf approached Woods long before his takeover.

Golf – The 150th Open Championship – Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland, Britain – July 15, 2022 Tiger Woods of the U.S. acknowledges the fans after holing on the 18th and finishing his second round REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

According to reports, Tiger Woods was offered $700-800 million to join hands with the Saudi-funded Tour. However, the PGA Tour loyalist rejected the idea. During an intense interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, Greg Norman shared the details of the failed agreement with Tiger Woods.

That number was out there before I became CEO,” Norman told Carlson ahead of LIV Golf Bedminster Invitational last year. “Look, Tiger is a needle mover, right? So, of course you’re got to look at the best of the best. They had originally approached Tiger before I became CEO. That number is somewhere in that neighborhood.

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Undoubtedly, Woods’ move to the lucrative Tour would have placed LIV Golf in a much more comfortable position than it is currently. Despite signing talented golfers such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Bryson DeChambeau, to name a few, the Saudi-funded Tour is still finding it hard to attract the attention of the golf world.

Nonetheless, the new season of LIV Golf is only months away. The fans have high and better expectations from the Tour. However, Tiger Woods and PGA Tour would try every possibility to ensure they outshine their nemesis.

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Will Woods ever join LIV Golf? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Abdul Bari Khan

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Abdul Bari is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Abdul is currently pursuing his Master’s in the same. With great affection for the world of sports, this avid golf lover turned to the course at a young age.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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