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Almost-Billionaire Tiger Woods Can’t Understand Why Golfers Would Play For LIV Golf

Almost two dozen golfers have switched to the LIV Golf League from the PGA Tour. And Tiger Woods isn’t happy about that.

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The most well-known golfer in history is Tiger Woods. He began to rule the PGA Tour nearly as soon as he joined and established himself as one of the sport’s finest players at a young age. Even though he has had injuries and off-course drama, his 82 PGA Tour victories are tied for the most all-time. He continues to have a high level of popularity.

Therefore, it makes sense that LIV, the Saudi Arabia-backed golf league that competes with the PGA, would have offered Woods between $600 million and $1 BILLION to join its league. Amazingly, Tiger declined to accept them. Can you picture turning down between $600 million and $1 billion? at a point in your life when you’re about out of gas and ready for pasture?

Evidently, Tiger does not want to participate in the rival league, and he believes that no one else should either.

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The day before the 150th Open, Tiger gave his reasoning for his decision:

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“The players who selected to travel to LIV… It’s not what I think. What they have done is turned away from what has helped them achieve this position.”

“What is the incentive for practice given what these athletes are doing for guaranteed money? What motivates someone to go out and work in the mud? Simply put, you’re playing in a few events and playing 54 holes while receiving a sizable advance payment. They’re playing blaring music and have all these atmospheres that are different.”

While other LIV detractors have brought up Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and accused the league of “sportswashing,” Woods is critical of the league’s work ethic. And he believes that could harm future legacies.

The 20 players that traveled to play with LIV have already been given indefinite suspensions by the PGA Tour. That group includes Phil Mickelson, who was given $200 million, and Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau, who all received more than $100 million.

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Woods is concerned that younger players won’t have the opportunity to compete in major tournaments with lengthy, illustrious histories if the PGA Tour continues to impose restrictions.

“Some golfers might never have the opportunity to compete in a major tournament or stroll the Augusta National fairways. It would be disappointing to see some of these young children never have the opportunity to visit these revered venues or compete in these competitions. I simply don’t see how that decision will benefit many of these players in the long run. Simply put, I don’t get it.”

However, Woods is seated at a different table from many of these other competitors. Tiger Woods has earned $1.7 billion in his professional career as of this writing. That easily amounts to more than $2 billion when adjusted for inflation. If he hadn’t filed for divorce, he would have amassed a fortune after giving his ex-wife Elin Nordegren between $100 and $200 million in property, cash, and other assets.

Not many golfers have the means to refuse offers for obscene sums of money. Many players find it fascinating only to have the possibility to win six figures at a single tournament. At LIV competitions, the loser gets awarded $120,000. And there’s no reduction — even though you’re working 25% less… Most of us would likely accept that offer if given the chance.

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Yes, the funds are supported by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, a country that has committed serious violations of human rights. So there is undoubtedly a moral dilemma at hand. Woods, however, seems more preoccupied with the notion that players should put in less effort in exchange for more rewards.

LIV provides a more opulent lifestyle for players who haven’t achieved as much success. Check out this footage that was shot from a player’s private plane.

Pat Perez is the athlete seen jubilating in the video. He recently won $900,000 playing a 54-hole event in Oregon, which makes him pleased. The most absurd thing is that Perez almost came in last place among all players. Out of 48 golfers, he finished 34th, but he still earned close to $1 million.

if he came in 34th place at a PGA event? If he were lucky, he’d get one-tenth of that. Additionally, he would be responsible for covering all travel expenses, including those for his family and his caddy. Furthermore, Perez would not have received anything if placing 34th meant missing the cut.

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That would be a significant financial inducement to join a rival league. And as LIV goes on, more players might keep making such choices.

Therefore, Tiger Woods may need to change his perspective a little before passing judgment on others.