Tiger Woods has turned down the largest overseas golf tournament payday of his career, The Telegraph reports.
Woods was offered £2.5 million, which translates into to more than $3 million U.S. currency, to play in the European Tour’s inaugural event in Saudi Arabia next year.
The event is sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government, which is under international scrutiny since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country’s consulate in Istanbul.
Woods has yet to speak publicly about the reported decision.
This is not the first time entertainers and athletes have pulled out of events in Saudi Arabia.
Pro wrestling star John Cena did not partake in a WWE event last week that was arranged with the Saudi Arabian government.
Tennis superstar Roger Federer also turned down an offer to play a tennis match in Saudi Arabia in December.
“I prefer not to play,” Federer stated to reporters. “I’m happy practicing. I’m happy doing other things, and I didn’t want to play there at that time. So, for me, it was a very quick decision.”
European Tour director Keith Pelley addressed the issues over hosting the tournament in Saudi Arabia.
“Like many global companies we monitor situations like this,” Pelley said, via Golf Digest. “So we have looked at the viability of the golf tournament. I can simply say that the Saudi International is on our schedule for 2019. I really have nothing more to add than that. The Middle East is very important to the European Tour.”
The tournament is scheduled to take place from January 31 – February 3.