Tiger Woods rejected a record $3.3 million payout for appearance at new tournament in Saudi Arabia

      Published on Monday, 12 November , 2018      159 Views     
Tiger Woods rejected a record $3.3 million payout for appearance at new tournament in Saudi Arabia

  • Sport

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.

Roger Federer, meanwhile, told  Simon Briggs at the Telegraph that he rejected a seven-figure deal to play a match in the country late next month.

“I prefer not to play,” Federer said. “I’m happy practicing. I’m happy doing other things, and I didn’t want to play there at that time. So, for me, it was a very quick decision.”

Fellow tennis greats Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were both slated to compete at the event in Jeddah before it was called off due to the former’s ankle injury.

Prior to the event’s cancellation, however, both players expressed their intentions to reevaluate the situation as it approaches.



“It’s terrible that one journalist lost their life,” Nadal said. “I know something happened very bad inside there. So we are looking about how the situation evolves and I hope the things will clarify as soon as possible.”

Keywords:
Category Sport | 2018/11/12 latest update at 7:00 AM
Source : Business Insider | Photocredit : Google
160 Views
Comments Add comment



Related Articles

The editorial staff of Saudi Arabia Today would like to give all of its readers from Gulf and Saudi Arabia and the whole world the opportunity to participate actively in the development of the website! If you have something interesting, fun, scandalous - just something worth to be seen from more people. Capture it and share it in the Saudi Arabia Today with a short text.

Do you have information you want to reach our readers?

Send article/s

You can subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter and Google pages or use our RSS feed channel to always read the most important news about Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the world.


Sponsored Publications



STEP Conference To Make Its Mark In Saudi Arabia In March
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia news

STEP Conference To Make Its Mark In Saudi Arabia In March

STEP Conference is getting all set to launch its first summit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on…

Oman tourists expected to rise to 3.5m by 2023

Saudi Arabia new rules

Property prices continue to fall in key UAE markets

King Salman receives Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker in Riyadh King

King Salman receives Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker in Riyadh

King Salman received Kuwait’s National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim and other members of the Assembly at Al-Yamamah Palace…

Saudi Arabia: King Salman welcomes Lavrov to Riyadh Gulf TV, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: King Salman welcomes Lavrov to Riyadh

King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Russian delegation…

Saudi king meets Russian foreign minister in Riyadh King

Saudi king meets Russian foreign minister in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Riyadh on Tuesday, footage on the Russian…

King Salman receives dignitaries in Riyadh King

King Salman receives dignitaries in Riyadh

The Kingdom’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, senior scholars, ministers and a group of citizens called on…

GULF TV

Popular in GULF TV

PIRELLI “DREAMING” – THE CAL 2019 making of Full Version | Fashion Channel

1990 Views

A photographic tale of the aspirations of four women and their determination to achieve their goals, each one…

Latest videos in GULF TV

Events

Lifestyle

Culture

Sport

Science & Technology

Government