Greedy golfers Poulter and Westwood already had huge net worths before Saudi LIV

Greedy golfers Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter already had huge net worths before signing up for the controversial Saudi LIV Golf Series.

Poulter, 46, whose best result is a second place at the 2008 Open, is believed to be worth around $60million (£48million), according to Celebritynetworth.com. While Westwood, according to the same website, is believed to be worth $40million (£32million).

However, both of their net worths could be set for a nice increase should they place highly at the Saudi LIV over the weekend with $25million (£20million) up for grabs. The winner will pocket a cool $4million (£3.2million), 16% of the total prize purse.

The LIV Golf Invitational Series, a project fronted by former world number one Greg Norman, has rocked the golf world.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), which recently took over Newcastle United, are the majority stakeholder of LIV Golf Investments. The event has since been accused of 'sports washing' – just like PIF's involvement in Newcastle and in F1.

Lewis Hamilton was one of the most high-profile names to speak out when F1 arrived in the Middle East country. He said he wasn't comfortable racing in the country – but noted that he was "duty-bound" to raise awareness.

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Poulted, dubbed Mr Ryder Cup, was grilled on the top of Saudi Arabia during a press conference for the event on Thursday.

The Daily Mirror's Neil McLeman asked Poulter: "If Vladimir Putin had a tournament would you play there?" The golfer responded: "I won't comment on speculation."

However, the journalist didn't give up so easily, adding: "Would you have played in Apartheid South Africa?" This time Westwood responded: "I can't answer a hypothetical question."

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