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‘I didn’t really think it through’ – Pat Perez explains decision to drop out of LIV Golfers’ lawsuit against PGA Tour

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Earlier this month, 11 ex-PGA Tour players now playing on the LIV series, issued an ‘antitrust’ lawsuit against the PGA Tour, citing, “The Tour’s conduct serves no purpose other than to cause harm to players and foreclose the entry of the first meaningful competitive threat the Tour has faced in decades.”

The response from PGA commissioner Jay Monahan read like a man confident in his organization’s stance and, not long after, Carlos Ortiz withdrew his name from the suit, his manager stating he “does not want to be involved in any legal battles. He (Ortiz) is thankful for the opportunity he had to play on the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour the last few years”.

He isn’t now the only name to pull out of what will be a historic trial, with Pat Perez the latest player to drop his stance.

Along with his wife, the three-time PGA Tour winner was initially one of the more vociferous supporters of the LIV tour, insisting that “I’m playing golf. This group has given me the opportunity to play golf and have a different schedule. That’s my only concern.”

However, the 46-year-old now feels that he joined to lawsuit only out of loyalty to his fellow LIV competitors, and bears no “ill feelings towards the PGA Tour or any of the players.”

Having pocketed a signing on fee and just short of $2 million in two LIV events, he clearly doesn’t regret the decision to jump ship, but doesn’t want to cut ties completely with those that run the PGA and Champions tours:

Perez admitted to Sports Illustrated, “I didn’t really think it through.”

Justifying the initial decision, Perez said, “I did it to back our guys – I’m a LIV guy, 100 per cent. I’m going to play for them but I don’t feel any need to go after the PGA Tour. ”

“They gave me a wonderful opportunity for 21 years. I’ve got nothing against them, no hard feelings toward anybody. I earned everything I got out there, don’t get me wrong.”

“I chose to leave, and I’m not looking to come back. I’d like to maybe play the Champions Tour one day if that can work out and that’s why I have not given up my membership. But there is no benefit to doing this [the lawsuit]. I have an unbelievable deal with LIV and I’m behind them 100 percent.”

11 becomes nine, and with the trial set for early 2024, the number may yet reduce further.

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  1. Stacey Abrams Foul Flatulence

    Aug 23, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    STINKY

  2. Big Al

    Aug 23, 2022 at 12:57 am

    I wonder how many more of these guys regretted leaving the PGA tour for LIV golf. I’ll bet they were sitting at home this weekend watching the BMW and wishing they were playing real golf instead of exhibition golf.

  3. Chuck

    Aug 22, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    How many people got halfway through the headline, “I didn’t really think it through,” and began to think more highly of Perez, presuming that he regretted lending his name to LIV in the first place?

    • JimK

      Aug 22, 2022 at 11:16 pm

      What he didn’t think through initially was that he doesn’t want to slam the door on a return to the PGA if the LIV tour folds. All he’s doing is covering his ass.

    • C

      Aug 23, 2022 at 11:08 am

      I might’ve thought better of him after his comment, but then look at the guy’s shirt… We know what he is all about.

  4. Joe

    Aug 22, 2022 at 8:22 am

    In his defense I don’t think anyone has ever viewed Pat as a thinker.

    • ray arcade

      Aug 22, 2022 at 11:52 am

      +1

    • Doug Posten

      Aug 22, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Thumbs up on that. Probably the reason he did not reach his potential and win more on tour.

    • Ben

      Sep 5, 2022 at 8:58 pm

      This comment wins. Close the thread ????

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‘What’s going on?’ – Justin Thomas left frustrated with two officials over ruling at Hero

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During Thursday’s first round of the Hero World Challenge, Justin Thomas called for a rules official and subsequently, a second opinion, on the par-5 9th at Albany Golf Club.

The players were playing lift-clean-and-place, and Thomas’ ball came to rest about 5o yards short of the green in an area where it was difficult to identify if the ball was sitting in the fairway or the rough. The ball had gathered some mud, so if the rules official had decided that his ball was in fact in the rough, he would have to hit a pretty difficult shot given the condition on his golf ball.

“Basically, what’s going on?” Thomas asked the official.

The official told Thomas that the change of color in the grass was indicative of the change of fairway to rough, and therefore he would have to hit his ball as it lied. Thomas argued that the grass was cut to the same length in both spots, therefore the color didn’t matter.

“But you see, what I’m saying, this is also beat down from the carts, but look at how much longer this is than this,” he said before walking over to the thicker grass. “Like see, this is the same height [where his ball was and the apparent fairway.] I totally see it’s down grain and it’s a totally different color, but … the change of the length of grass is just what kind of confused me.”

After relief was denied by the official, “JT” called for a second opinion. While waiting for another official to show up, Thomas was heard saying to his caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay, ““It’s the same exact length, this is not rough.”

When the second rules official came over, he said: “I can see the cutline right here,” and pointed to the different shades of grass that the other official mentioned.

Thomas accepted the decision.

Interestingly, announcer Paul Azinger shared his opinion that the second rules official almost never will disagree with the first rules official’s ruling.

“That second opinion almost never works,” Azinger said to Dan Hicks during the broadcast.

“Really?” Hicks asked.

“Never,” Azinger said. “Very rarely will an official go against another official.”

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Data shows how much more difficult green become as the day progresses

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For many a golf bettor, betting on the first round leader of any tournament revolves around the early starters.

Even a cursory look at this week’s Australian Open shows the morning wave averaging 1.73 shots better than the afternoon players, resulting in 18 early starters finishing in the top-10 by the end of the day, including current leader David Micheluzzi.

However, over on the South African Open, the roles are reversed, with current leader Thirston Lawrence taking up one of 15 places on the front page of leaderboard for the late starters, who shot around half-a-shot less than the morning groups.

Naturally, there are many factors – wind, temperature, dew, grass-types and, potentially, overall quality of the groupings, but these are variables that can change from day to day.

Step in Lou Stagner, data lead of Arccos Golf and all-round numbers guru.

Stagner does not deal in emotion or factors that cannot be measured. It’s facts, figures and that’s your lot!

He will tell you that from the fairway, 80-yards from the pin, professionals simply don’t get as close as many believe:

On Wednesday, the man who once built a Lego model of Augusta #12, tweeted a table showing the variance in putts made by PGA Tour members under morning and afternoon conditions.

Taking stats over 17 years, the table shows an advantage to the early starters, not by much, but enough to consider.

There are plenty of places to take the stats, with a few respondents asking for a table on grass types through the day – Bent v Bermuda v POA – and that will probably turn up on Stanger’s twitter feed soon.

Of course, on a Sunday, later starters have the pressure of trying to win a tournament, which is why we tend to see flashy rounds from those a few off the pace on Payday, but it is enough to consider when trying to get that illusive three-figure first (or second) round leader.

Either way, two-time major champion, and regular tweeter Justin Thomas, decided this was his chance to get in an early excuse when he’s off late in the day.

Make of what you will. Perhaps the stats will one day include how many of these are for par saves against birdie putts, or is that too much?

Either way, Stagner continues to bombard us with stats that delight and entertain, and that can be no bad thing. Unless you are a buddy of Lou’s…

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Cam Smith fumes at ‘pretty s****y’ opening round at Australian Open

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After an incredible week at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, Cameron Smith is off to a rough start at the Australian Open. The Champion Golfer of the Year struggled to hit fairways all day long and finished his round at +1 which is eight shots back of first-round leader David Micheluzzi (-7).

Smith, who received a massive ovation from the crowd, was extremely displeased, calling his play “pretty shitty” as he went from his post-round press conference to the practice range. The 29-year-old also said it was “as bad as I’ve played in a long time”.

“I don’t think it was a mixed bag, I think it was all rubbish to be honest,”

“Maybe some delayed tiredness, maybe. I did feel a little bit foggy out there at times, but it’s not really an excuse, it’s my job to do all that stuff.”

Despite the uninspiring round, the world number three still feels as if he can get back into the event and contend.

“It’s not like I don’t know how to play golf, it was just a bit of a bad day.”

“I’ve just got a few things to clean up, I think. Like I said last week [at the Australian PGA Championship], I felt as though the golf got better every day.”

The Aussie is incredible at recovery shots and finding his way out of trouble. But if he wants to be the first player to win the Australian PGA and Australian Open in the same season since 2011, he needs to start putting the ball in the fairway.

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