Rugby league great Phil Gould has revealed he was forced to turn down an offer to play 18 holes with golfing icon Tiger Woods.

Gould, who said he “needed something competitive to do” after his playing days, explained how he developed a passion for golf.

And he was presented with an opportunity any sports fan would grab in a heartbeat when a chance to play with Woods presented itself, but a Gould had to decline.

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Before that offer landed in Gould’s lap, the current Bulldogs chief football officer was busy recruiting for the new league commission.

Famous Australian business executive Gary Pemberton, who joined the Australian Rugby League commission in 2012, a position he held for almost two years before retiring, was the man Gould was turning to recruit.

Phil Gould, Tiger Woods (Getty)

“At the time when we were campaigning for the creation of a new commission [in 2011] – we wanted the commission to be formed for several reasons: one was to remove media ownership from the game, which was bad for the game,” he told Wide World of Sports. Six tackles with Gus.

“Secondly, to have a governing body in the country and get rid of the proliferation of leagues and governing bodies that we had in the country, we still have them at the moment, but at least now they are controlled by funding.

“We were looking for people to be on the commission… there was one we really wanted. A guy called Gary Pemberton who ran Qantas, Sky Racing. He was the one we really wanted.

“But they were taking so long to agree to this commission and agree to the change in the constitution to make the commission possible…Gary had decided it was taking too long. He decided he would just retire.

“He lived on the Gold Coast…I had arranged to go and meet Gary Pemberton just to convince him to stay on track and that we desperately needed him for the commission. I had to go there and convince him to stay strong and stick to it.”

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Meanwhile, Woods, now a winner of 15 majors, was in Australia for the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

“Luckily that night I got a phone call from James Packer, who said ‘come to Melbourne tomorrow,'” Gould explained.

“He said ‘we have Tiger Woods who runs a clinic for some members of the Crown, we’re going to play 18 holes with him in the morning’.

“I told him I couldn’t come…I said I had to go to the Gold Coast. He said, ‘Don’t do that. Come to Melbourne and play with Tiger Woods”.

“I told him I couldn’t and that I was committed and I had to go. He told me I was angry.

“He offered to send his jet to pick me up at two in the morning…Tiger at that time was during his period where he was kind of on the outside.”

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After rejecting Packer’s offer to play with Woods, Gould revealed he made it clear to Pemberton what he went through before landing in Queensland.

“Turns out I went up to the Gold Coast and we’re having dinner…he’s sitting there saying it’s taking too long and he doesn’t know how good it’s going to be…he’s got to the point where it wasn’t going so well,” he added.

“I said, ‘Look Gary, I gave up a round of golf with Tiger Woods today. I came all the way to see you.

“And he said, ‘Well, I better go to the commission then.’

“Funny story, isn’t it?”

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