Tiger Woods has reportedly turned down his biggest ever pay cheque to play in the European Tour’s inaugural event in Saudi Arabia next year.
The UK's Telegraph reported that it is understood the 14-time major winner has rejected an offer of at least £2.5 million ($3.2 million) to play in the first European Tour golf event to be held in the Gulf kingdom.
The tournament, the first in a three-year partnership, will take place from January 31 to February 3, 2019, and will be staged at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City on the Red Sea coastline.
The newspaper quoted sources as saying Woods was first approached in the summer, adding that the tournament has signed up Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey.
It reported that is unclear why Woods has turned down the offer.
The new Saudi tournament will form part of the early season Gulf desert swing which already includes tournaments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar and Oman.
Saudi Arabia has witnessed a number of steps forward in sports organisation this year with a first-ever professional women's squash tournament staged in Riyadh and women allowed into stadiums to watch local league football matches.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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