Sports Tiger declines millions, turns down Saudi International for 2nd straight year

01:55  04 december  2019
01:55  04 december  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Tiger Woods has again declined a hefty appearance fee -- in the neighborhood of million -- to play in the Saudi International tournament on the European "After turning down opportunities to go to the Middle East for many years , I'm excited to go play and see a player in the world I'd never seen

Golfers participating in the Saudi International faced criticism at the inaugural event last year , which took place just months after the killing of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. ESPN reported Woods had first turned down an approach from organisers to play in the 2019 event

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Tiger Woods declined a lucrative offer to play in the European Tour's Saudi International for the second straight year, according to ESPN's Bob Harig.

"I just don't want to go over there," Tiger said. "It's a long way."

Woods was offered an appearance fee of roughly $3 million each of the past two years from tournament organizers in Saudi Arabia. That still wasn't enough for the 15-time major winner to participate in the controversial event.

However, Woods understands why players like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson would accept offers to make the trip to Saudi Arabia despite the political turmoil surrounding the nation.

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"I understand the politics behind it. But also the game of golf can help heal a lot of that, too," Woods said.

He added that traditionally the country hasn't been a golf hotbed in the Middle East, but Saudi Arabia could follow the same path as Dubai, where the sport has grown significantly since his first visit.

"There were only a few courses when I went to Dubai and now they're everywhere," he said. "Same with Abu Dhabi, and maybe eventually in Saudi Arabia."

The last time Tiger played in the Middle East was the 2017 Dubai Desert Classic. He was forced to withdraw and underwent back-fusion surgery a couple of months afterward.

Mickelson has been heavily criticized for his decision to play the Saudi International instead of the Phoenix Open, an event he's participated in every year since 1990. He defended his commitment on Twitter.

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Tiger Woods turned down a large appearance fee to play in the European Tour's inaugural event in Saudi Arabia in 2019, according to a report from Woods has hinted since his fusion back surgery that his trips overseas might be limited, but a trip to Saudi Arabia could bring about more issues than just

Tiger Woods has reportedly turned down over million to play in next year 's Saudi International , the last in a string of three Middle East events on the European Tour. The event follows the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Dubai Desert Classic, and is part of a solid opening part of the calendar

Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry, and Henrik Stenson have also committed to the Saudi International.

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