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Tiger Woods ‘turns down record £2.5m offer to play in Saudi Arabia’

Tiger Woods has turned down a £2.5m (€2.9m/$3.3m) pay day – the largest known golf appearance fee – to play in the European Tour’s inaugural event in Saudi Arabia next year, according to the Daily Telegraph. 

It is unclear if the decision relates to scheduling issues or the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s consulate in Istanbul, which caused an international outcry.

Saudi Arabia continues to suffer a backlash over the Khashoggi controversy. Roger Federer turned down an invitation to play a tennis match in Saudi Arabia in December, while wrestling star John Cena refused to attend a WWE event in the country earlier this month.