Tiger Woods slams LIV Golf after rejecting more than half a billion to join them

Golf legend Tiger Woods has accused LIV rebels of “turning their back on what allowed them to get to this position” amid news that he turned down around £655million to join them.

The Saudi Arabian backed upstart has taken a driver to the golfing world, swaying the likes of Phil Mickelson with deals worth around £164m. Other huge stars such as Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood have also followed the money towards the Greg Norman fronted tournament that has been condemned, not just by the likes of Woods and Rory McIlroy, but by numerous human rights campaigners.

Golf has fought back against the highly contentious series, banning the likes of Matt Jones, Taylor Gooch and Hudson Swafford, who failed in their attempts to sought temporary restraining orders in order to play the FedEx Cup Play-offs.

And Woods, who reportedly rejected an offer of around £655m to join the series according to Norman, recently twisted the knife on the LIV rebels, suggesting they have abandoned all of the very golfing values that helped drive them to the position they were in.

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“I disagree with those who have gone to LIV, I think they have turned their back on what allowed them to get to this position,” he began ahead of the 150th British Open Championship last July, via the Daily Mail. “Some players have never had a chance to even experience playing on one of the tours.

“They have gone right from the amateur ranks to that organisation and never really had a chance to feel what it is like to play a schedule or play in big events. Some of these players may never even get a chance to play in major championships.

“That is a possibility. They will never get a chance to experience this right here. Walk down the fairways at Augusta National.” There is very little financial jeopardy for the LIV rebels, with Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson taking home around £3.89m from one singular appearance on the tour.

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And this idea of guaranteed money regardless of performances has baffled the five-time Masters winner. “I don't understand it,” Woods responded when asked about the finances.

“What these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt? You are just getting paid a lot of money up front and playing a few events and playing 54 holes.

"They are playing blaring music. I can understand 54 holes for the Senior Tour. The guys are older and a little more banged up. When you are young, 72-hole tests are part of it. We used to have 36-hole play-offs for majors.”

Norman also revealed the American rejected an eye watering £655m to join the tour. Woods is widely regarded as the best to ever play the game and LIV were prepared to give Woods a war chest in exchange for his participation. However, Norman admitted to the Tucker Carlson Show on Fox News that Woods was unmoving.

“That number was out there before I became CEO," Norman admitted. “That number has been out there, yes.

“Tiger is a needle mover. So course you got to look at the best of the best. They originally approached Tiger before I became CEO so yes, that number is somewhere in that neighbourhood.”

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