Tiger turned down massive Saudi appearance fee

“The game of golf has grown. There’s only been a few courses when I first went to Dubai, now they’re everywhere; same with Abu Dhabi and maybe eventually in Saudi Arabia.”

Woods declined a multi-million dollar appearance fee to play last year’s event, and ESPN’s Bob Harig reported that he’s turned down another offer this year. The fee is reportedly in the neighborhood of $3 million.

“I just don’t want to go over there,” Woods told ESPN. “It’s a long way.”

Rory McIlroy is among the other players who have declined an invitation to play. The Saudi International begins Jan. 30 at Royal Greens Country Club.

Woods is player-host this week in the Bahamas, where he tees off at in the first round of the Hero World Challenge Wednesday at 11:35 a.m. alongside Justin Thomas.

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