|Tiger Woods will not play in Qatar. (GettyImages)|
A few weeks ago, Rory McIlroy's alleged $2 million appearance fee to come to tournaments was all the rage.
And according to Tiger Woods ...
A few days ago, the Doha News reported that Woods' appearance fee for the Qatar Masters was (again, allegedly) $3 million. Here's a quote from that article from Qatar's Golf Association president, Hassan al Nuaimi,
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.
Well, I should say not.
Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg claimed that Tiger was never considering playing Qatar.
Here's the bizarre thing, though. Qatar just spent nearly $4 million paying the Spanish Federation to move a Feb. 6 exhibition soccer match between Spain ("La Roja" as they're known to some) and Uruguay.
An exhibition match!
Granted, the good people of Qatar are a bit more heavily invested in the future of futbol in their country than golf, given that the total bill for the 2022 World Cup could exceed $222 billion (that's billion, not million).
But still, you'd think they could shift some of that accounting around and get the most famous active golfer to make an appearance at their tournament.
Or maybe Tiger needs to not demand the quarterly GDP of a small third world country just to show up for four days of golf.