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January 10, 2013

Tiger Woods 'not worth' $3 million appearance fee, says Qatar golf official

Posted at 1:25 PM by Mike Walker | Categories: Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Tiger Woods

Tiger_abudhabiTiger Woods in the final round of the 2012 HSBC Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (Getty Images).

The organizer of the Qatar Masters said that Tiger Woods is not worth paying $3 million to compete in the European Tour event, according to the Doha News.

When it comes to spending money on sports, even Qatar has its limits.

During yesterday’s press conference about the upcoming Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, the president of the Qatar Golf Association minced no words in explaining, when asked, why former number one Tiger Woods would not be playing here.

“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 said.

Woods will be in the Middle East next week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates, and then will play the next week at Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego (Jan. 24-27).

According to Bloomberg News' Michael Buteau, Woods's agent said that Woods had never intended to play the Qatar event.

Mark Steinberg, Woods’s agent, said in an e-mail that the golfer “was never contemplating Qatar.”

Woods receives an appearance fee to play in Abu Dhabi; PGA Tour events do not offer appearance money.

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