In a surprising move to save money, Qatar has turned down Tiger Woods request for $3 million to play at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which is one of three European Tour golf tournaments staged in the countries of the Arabian Gulf.
“Tiger Woods demands $3 million just for an appearance, if he were to compete in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters - which is not worth paying for a tournament of $2.5 million prize money,” Hassan al-Nuaimi, president of the Qatar Golf Association, said in a press conference, according to Doha News.
If Qatar can’t pay, who can? Times seem to be changing for the Golf star.
Shane Bacon, the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet, wrote in a recent post: “I'm pretty sure al Nuaimi isn't the only one that thinks this. Tiger getting $3 million these days to show up sure seems steep and until you crunch numbers and see just what the 14-time major winner does for ticket sales (and sponsors), you'd think throwing that amount of cash at a guy just to show up would be insane.”
“It's nice for the big guys that get that amount of money, but does seem to take away from the importance of actually playing in a golf tournament to win and earn your living, Shane added.”
Woods is scheduled though to take part in next week’s HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi.
The rich Gulf country has previously paid the Spanish Federation $3.9 million to move a Spain-Uruguay football match from Portugal to Doha.