Woods turns down £2.5m Saudi of­fer

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | First Test - By James Cor­ri­gan

Tiger Woods has turned down at least £2.5 mil­lion to play in the Eu­ro­pean Tour’s in­au­gu­ral event in Saudi Ara­bia next year.

Woods has trav­elled in the past to such coun­tries as China and the United Arab Emi­rates. Yet it is un­der­stood he deemed Saudi Ara­bia to be an ex­cur­sion too far, de­spite the money ap­par­ently dwarf­ing any­thing he has re­ceived be­fore for an of­fi­cial overseas tour­na­ment.

Sources says he was ap­proached in the sum­mer, af­ter his dra­matic com­pet­i­tive res­ur­rec­tion at the Open, where he led go­ing into the last nine be­fore fin­ish­ing sixth, and then at the USPGA Cham­pi­onship, where he fin­ished sec­ond.

Saudi Ara­bia had al­ready signed up Dustin John­son, Pa­trick Reed and Paul Casey to play in the gov­ern­ment-spon­sored event, which has be­come even more con­tro­ver­sial since last month’s killing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi in the Saudi Ara­bia em­bassy in Is­tan­bul.

Roger Fed­erer snubbed a $1mil­lion (£761,000) of­fer to play in an ex­hi­bi­tion in Jed­dah on Dec 22 for which Rafael Nadal and No­vak Djokovic are still signed up.

It is not known if the Woods’s re­fusal was be­cause of the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion or if it is be­cause he has de­cided to limit long-haul travel af­ter his many back com­plaints.

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