How Times Have Changed In The Middle East: Tiger "Not Worth" $3 Million

Mai Akkad reports the disparaging comment from the Qatar Golf Association president suggesting Tiger is not worth his $3 million appearance fee for the Qatar Masters, and it looks like some outlets took this as a put-down of Woods.

“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.

I see it as sign of the Middle East events either coming to their senses or joining the reality based economic world. Thoughts?