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2-8-2022 

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Greg Norman, the tour's CEO, said Tiger Woods rejected down a $700-$800 million offer from the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

Tucker Carlson questioned former world No. 1 Norman on Monday if Woods was offered $700-$800 million to join LIV Golf.Norman said, "That number existed before I became CEO."

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"You'll naturally gaze at the finest. They approached Tiger before I became CEO, so that figure is close. Norman previously told the Washington Post that Woods was promised big money to play. Norman called Woods' suggestion "mind-bogglingly huge"Some famous stars in golf have left the PGA Tour and DP World Tour for the controversial tour.

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Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel, and Martin Kaymer have joined the breakaway enterprise, which promised players big money to participate.The LIV Golf series, supported by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), has guaranteed $250 million in total prize money.Many players, notably McIlroy and Woods, have criticised the decision to take money from a government with a poor human rights record.

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Woods disagreed with players that departed the Open at St. Andrews in July."They've turned their backs on what got them here," the 15-time major winner stated."These guys may never compete in major tournaments. Maybe. Not yet. Major championship bodies must decide. Some golfers may never compete in a major event or traverse Augusta National's fairways.

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"For guaranteed money, what's the motivation to practise?" Why work in the dirt? You're paid up front for a few tournaments and 54 holes. They blast music and have diverse atmospheres.Woods said, "I don't see how that shift is helpful in the long run for a lot of these guys, especially if the LIV doesn't earn world-ranking points and the majors modify their entry standards."

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"It would be awful if these young kids never got an opportunity to traverse these hallowed grounds and compete in these championships."Woods blamed Norman for the splinter tour. "Greg has done certain things that I don't believe are good for our game, and we're returning to our sport's roots."Henrik Stenson won LIV Golf's third event in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Sunday.

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The 46-year-old Swede blasted 11-under par at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster to earn $4 million two weeks after losing his Ryder Cup leadership.He collected the trophy with former President Donald Trump, who owns the course.

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