Greg Norman says Tiger Woods has turned down a “mind-blowing” salary for joining the isolated LIV Golf Invitational Series.
Following the confirmation of Phil Mickelson’s inclusion in the AEST Rebellion tour this morning, it was revealed that the golf icon was also offered a hefty sum to join LIV but turned down the huge offer.
Although Mickelson is still keen to feature in the remaining majors of the year, he has signed a সাথে 278 million deal with Norman that could be the most high-profile signing in the opening year of the tour, which closes this weekend.
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Yet Norman saw Woods as the biggest drawcard for his newly established series as “Plan A” and was willing to make a big stump up to get him.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Norman said the image is astronomical but Woods has not yet said.
About the size of the offer, Norman said, “Mind-blowing is huge.” “We’re talking high nine numbers.”
The nine-figure deals are the equivalent of an LIV golf course, which offered Jack Nicholas $ 100 million before Norman was offered the CEO position and has already paid 17 175 million to sign Dustin Johnson’s choice, along with Mickelson’s big deal. However, it is understood that the pitch was too large for Tiger, with the report claiming that it was in the north of $ 1 billion (AUD).
Norman has reportedly been booked into a war book worth more than $ 4 billion (AUD) for the LIV series – and it appears he was willing to part with a huge wedge of Woods’ budget.
Before the game began in the Southern Hills last month, Woods addressed the rebellious tour and Mickelson’s isolated remarks that put several of his colleagues and those on the PGA Tour offside.
“Phil said something that I think many of us who are committed to the tour – and committed to the legacy of the tour – have backed down,” Woods said.
“But we all know, as a professional, we miss him here. I mean, he’s a big draw for golf.
“He’s just taking his time and when he comes back we all wish him well … I didn’t communicate with him. I didn’t talk to him. I have a completely different position. [the PGA Tour operations] … and no, I didn’t reach him. “
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