Tiger Woods "not worth" $3m fee - Qatar golf boss

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Tiger Woods during the final round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan 30, 2012

Tiger Woods during the final round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Jan 30, 2012

Qatar has scrapped plans to bring former world number one golfer Tiger Woods to the Gulf state after it deemed his US$3m appearance fee too expensive, the president of the Qatar Golf Association told reporters on Wednesday.

US star Woods was invited to compete in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which takes place at the Doha Golf Club from January 23 to 26, but organisers deemed his appearance fee to be too high.

“Tiger Woods demands US$3m just for an appearance, if he were to compete in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters - which is not worth paying for a tournament of US$2.5m prize money,” Hassan Al Nuaimi, president of the Qatar Golf Association, said at a press conference, Doha News reported.

While Woods will miss the Qatar event, he has been confirmed to appear at the eighth annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, which takes place at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club from January 17 to 20 and has a prize purse of US$2.7m. Both events are part of the European PGA tour schedule.

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Posted by: Tarek

A very wise decision, better spend the money on raising sports awareness among the obese children in Qatar

Posted by: Paul King

They should appoint the president of the Qatar Golf Association to the World Cup 2022 organising body. Surely he would see what a ridiculous waste of funds this fantasy project is.

Posted by: Kevin

Tiger is not as good as the media tried to indicate last year, plus the number of fans buying tickets just to see him has dropped. The markets drive decisions. He will eventually drop his appearance fees or stop going.

Posted by: peter

I think you're right. He's not as good as the media tried to indicate last year. He's just world number 3!!! Think about it...

Posted by: debbie

just cuz he cant afford it doesnt mean he has to criticise it!

i doubt this guy even plays golf.

Posted by: nastyrunner

Well, he never said Tiger Woods is not a good player. The $3 Million is just an appearance fee. Sports stars should compete and win the prize money if they are good.

Posted by: nastyrunner

Personally I would say Qatar Golf Association made the right decision. All these sports stars demand for large sums of money, which can actually help train other people to become even better than them. Also, if everyone follows the trend, these stars will learn not to demand, and be humble.

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