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Tiger Woods turns down £830,000 appearance fee

Tiger Woods has reportedly turneddown $1.2m (830,000) to play in the Australian Open later this month.

Sydney's Sunday Telegraph claimed the world number one'sappearance fee had risen to more than 1m for an Australasian or Asian tournament.

Tony Roosenberg, the championship director of the Heineken Classic in Perth and Melbourne's World Match Play told the newspaper Woods had priced himself out of the market.

"Tiger has rewritten the appearance fee book. No tournament can actually afford him," he said

"What I hope for is that Tiger becomes so rich that he begins to play at Australia's great golf courses simply because they have worldwide stature."

"That's why I am hopeful Tiger will play at Royal Melbourne when the Heineken Classic moves there (from Perth) after this year."

Australian Open organiser Colin Phillips recently advocated cutting the number of tournaments in the country by half to afford the top stars.

"Prices have gone up dramatically since Tiger came on the scene and there is so much money on offer from competing events around the world," he conceded.

"In the last two to three years there has been a 30-40% increase and everybody has been caught out.

£830,000 not enough to make Tiger Woods want to spend a week in Australia. Allsport.

"For a country of 19 million people we are trying to maintain too many golf tournaments."

Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Mark O'Meara and Padraig Harrington are the biggest draws at this year's Open, which takes place at Kingston Heath in Melbourne from 23-26 November.

Faldo and O'Meara are believed tobe being paid around $150,000 (104,000) to play.

The International Management Group, which manages Woods and stages the Australian Open, did not comment on the claims.

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