Tiger Woods has reportedly incited down over $3 million to play in subsequent year’s Saudi International, a final in a fibre of 3 Middle East events on a European Tour. The eventuality follows a Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Dubai Desert Classic, and is partial of a plain opening partial of a calendar year for a European Tour.
James Corrigan of The Telegraph noted that Woods was offering 2.5 million pounds — homogeneous to a small over $3 million in U.S. dollars as of Nov. 8 — to play a event. Woods has positively left abroad to play in tournaments like this before, though he has eschewed that large series for 2019.
In a past, Woods has trafficked to such countries as China and a United Arab Emirates. Yet it is accepted he deemed Saudi Arabia to be an outing too distant – even for during slightest £2.5m – an volume that apparently dwarfs anything he has perceived before for an central abroad tournament.
There is a lot going on here, obviously, as Saudi Arabia has been in a news for all a wrong reasons of late due to a murdering of Washington Post publisher Jamal Khashoggi. European Tour CEO Keith Pelley responded to that news and a existence that a golf contest on his debate is holding place there in dual months.
“Like many tellurian companies we guard situations like this,” Pelley told Golf Digest. “So we have looked during a viability of a golf tournament. we can simply contend that a Saudi International is on a report for 2019. we unequivocally have zero some-more to supplement than that. The Middle East is unequivocally critical to a European Tour.”
So there’s that, nonetheless it might or might not have factored into Tiger’s decision. The other thing with Tiger is that final time he went to a Middle East to play one of these events, a 2017 Dubai Desert Classic, he withdrew before a second round, that led to his spinal alloy medicine a few months later. Transatlantic flights are notoriously unpleasant to bad backs, and there’s not unequivocally most reason for Woods, who was unusual in 2018, to risk his physique in a short-term — even for a large payout like this one.
Still, that’s a flattering crazy series that is presumably a biggest Woods (or anyone!) has ever been offered. It’s transparent a Middle East is critical about stability to pull large child fields, that they’ve already determined in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Woods’ Ryder Cup teammates, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed, are both now in a margin for a 2019 Saudi International.