Tiger Woods spends $ 3.3 million to play in Saudi Arabia after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi & # 39;
PGA tour legend Tiger Woods will pass a guaranteed £ 2.5 million (about $ 3.25 million) and skip the European Tour inaugural event in Saudi Arabia next year in the midst of the ongoing outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi of Washington Post at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
It is not known whether Woods will skip the event in protest, but according to The Telegraph the 14-fold big winner has been approached to participate in the summer and has since then informed the parties that he does not intend to play in Saudi Arabia. Arabia to play.
PGA tour stars Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Paul Casey have all reportedly signed up to play in the Saudi Arabia event. The guaranteed £ 2.5 million is reportedly the most Woods ever offered to play in a foreign tournament.
Since the murder a handful of large companies and individuals withdrew from an investment conference in Saudi Arabia known as Davos in the Desert & # 39; – an event organized by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who had been heavily criticized by Khashoggi before his death.
It is not known whether Tiger Woods will skip the event in protest, but according to The Telegraph the 14-fold big winner has been approached to participate in the summer and has since then informed the parties that he does not intend to be in Saudi Arabia to play.
Since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post (left), a handful of large companies and individuals withdrew from an investment conference in Saudi Arabia known as Davos in the Desert & # 39; – an event organized by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (right), who had been heavily criticized by Khashoggi before his death
Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City next year organizes the first European PGA Tour event in Saudi Arabia, but it will do without Tiger Woods
Saudi officials denied any involvement when Khashoggi initially disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Officials then suggested that the columnist and critic of the prince was accidentally killed in a failed attempt to bring him back to the Kingdom, before a Saudi prosecutor admitted that the killing of Khashoggi had in fact been premeditated.
Tennersuperstar Roger Federer, a friend of Woods, recently revealed that he had rejected a $ 1 million offer in December to play in an exhibition in Saudi Arabia.
Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic played each other during the event, but Djokovic announced on Friday that he would drop out due to an injury to Nadal.
Both Novak Djokovic (left) and Roger Federer (right) will skip an upcoming event in Saudi Arabia, but while the former does so due to an injury to his opponent, Federer has not specified why he has rejected $ 1 million in the kingdom
Forests played previously in countries with dubious human rights records, such as China (pictured) and the United Arab Emirates. Now he is transferring an event in Saudi Arabia
However, Federer did not specify the killing of Khashoggi as his motivating factor.
The WWE wrestler John Cena also struggled, who recently fell from an event in Saudi Arabia, although he originally intended to compete in Jeddah.
In February, the WWE announced a 10-year partnership with Saudi Arabia as part of Vision 2030, an attempted social and economic reform that includes various sporting events, such as the aforementioned golf and tennis competitions.
Woods previously played in countries with dubious human rights records, such as China and the United Arab Emirates.
Although he had made great efforts in recent years, Woods was invited to play in Saudi Arabia during a reopened campaign in 2018, during which he won his first tournament since 2013.
John Cena (right) competes with Triple H (left) during the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Greatest Royal Rumble event in the Saudi coastal town of Jeddah on April 27