Tiger Woods put together his most-successful season this year. Although he didn’t win a major tournament – he was close – Woods found the winner’s circle late in the year with a win at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
The win nearly placed Woods at the top of the FedEx Cup Standings, but Justin Rose nailed a birdie on No. 18 of the Tour Championship to wrap up his title. With Woods’ success this season, every tournament wanted a piece.
That’s including the European Tour’s inaugural tournament in Saudi Arabia slated for January 2019. According to the Telegraph, Woods turned down an opportunity to play in the event – despite the hefty pay check that reportedly comes with his appearance.
The Telegraph reported that Woods turned down $3 million.
In the past, Woods has traveled to such countries as China and the United Arab Emirates. Yet it is understood he deemed Saudi Arabia to be an excursion too far – even for at least £2.5m – an amount that apparently dwarfs anything he has received before for an official overseas tournament.
It’s not known if Woods’ decision to turn down the appearance fee was related to the controversial death of a journalist in Saudi Arabia.
Regardless, that’s a handsome pay check to turn down. Of course, Woods doesn’t need the money. He’s the first $1 billion athlete and has a $9 million event scheduled with Phil Mickelson in a few weeks.