Tiger Woods rejected a record $3.3 million payout for appearance at new tournament in Saudi Arabia
Tiger Woods ended a five-year winning drought with a resounding victory at the 2018 PGA Tour Championship.
After his dramatic return to the winner’s circle, Woods was offered his highest ever payout to compete in a tournament overseas.
The golf great snubbed a whopping $3.3 million paycheck to participate in the European Tour’s inaugural event in Saudi Arabia amid the outcry over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
After his dramatic return to the winner’s circle last season, Tiger Woods was offered his highest ever payout to compete in a tournament overseas.
And he said no.
According to the Telegraph’s James Corrigan, Woods snubbed a whopping £2.5 million ($3.3 million) payday to participate in the European Tour’s inaugural event in Saudi Arabia next year. The lengthy trip to Saudi Arabia hardly seems like an obstacle that would stand in Woods’ way, especially given the astronomical payout, as he has previously competed in the United Arab Emirates and toured Asia “to help stoke local interest in the sport of golf and inspire athletes in China and Japan.”
Facilitators of the government-run tournament first approached Woods late in the summer, by which point they had already secured commitments from Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, and Paul Casey. Thomas Bjorn has since committed to participate as well. Given the fierce international outcry over last month’s death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, the tournament and many other sporting events affiliated with the Saudi Kingdom have come under fire.
The WWE faced intense scrutiny after deciding to proceed with its November 2 “Crown Jewel” show in Saudi Arabia despite acknowledging that “the company faced a very difficult decision [due to the] heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate” the month prior.
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Source:: Business Insider