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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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‘I’m not gonna lie, I’m drunk’ – John Daly makes wild SEC Nation appearance

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With the return of college football over the weekend, John Daly made an appearance on SEC Nation in Arkansas in preparation for the Razorbacks’ game against Cincinnati.

The two-time major champ joined Marty & McGee, with Daly rolling up in a golf cart with a cigarette and a red cup. When offered a beer by fans, Daly responded: “I got some good sh*t right here.”

Then when it was time for Daly to join the crew and announce the “Hillbilly Headlines,” the 56-year-old brought the house down by declaring: “Well, I’m not gonna lie, I’m drunk.”

Clearly enjoying himself, Daly went on to play beer pong with the hosts and even smashed a drive with Paul Finebaum stepping aside to let Daly show off his power:

“I don’t play golf,” Finebaum said, “nor, am I drunk, so I’m going to watch a guy who is drunk and is a two-time majors champion. It’s either the black ball or the white ball. I’m going to put the black ball, which is Cincinnati, for John to hit … Arkansas wins.”

To cap off the day, Daly’s Razorbacks went on to defeat Cincinatti 31-24, and we’ve no doubt that Wild Thing celebrated in style.

As one user put it on Twitter regarding Daly’s latest appearance: “This man should be protected at all costs. National Treasure.”

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Bettinardi issues statement after putters appear on shelves in Costco

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Chicago-based club manufacturer Bettinardi, released a statement on Friday distancing itself from the selling of one of their highly regarded putters in mass retail outlet, Costco.

After the Studio Queen B putter was spotted being sold at one of Costco’s outlets at $319.99, Bettinardi swiftly issued an official statement firmly confirming that the retailer was “not an official distributor of Bettinardi Golf.”

In the communication, the company states that, “In an attempt to increase Bettinardi Golf’s distribution in South America, one of our distributors chose to break their contract and sell their Bettinardi product to Costco without the consent of Bettinardi Golf.”

It confirms the company’s next move, verifying that, “We are extremely disappointed that one of our distributors would choose to diminish our brand and end our relationship in this way. Bettinardi Golf is actively pursuing all courses of action to have this product removed from all Costco stores and the Costco website.”

Used by a number of winning tour players, Bettinardi’s website states, “Bettinardi Golf has amassed over 95 worldwide Tour wins since 1998, Bettinardi putters continue to prove their distinction and find their ways into the game’s best golfers hands around the globe.”

Those 95 include this season’s U.S Open, won by Matt Fitzpatrick, and either way, the surprising sighting of their putters at Costco has brought publicity for the acclaimed manufacturer.

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Phil Mickelson takes swipe at PGA Tour for ‘magically finding a couple of hundred million’

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Well before Cam Smith was introduced to the world as the latest golfer to sign to the LIV series, Phil Mickelson was at pains to tell us all that he used the negotiations with CEO Greg Norman and the organization as ‘leverage’ against the PGA Tour.

One of Lefty’s main beefs with the Tour was clear in an interview with Golf Digest in February:

It’s not public knowledge, all that goes on. But the players don’t have access to their own media. If the tour wanted to end any threat, they could just hand back the media rights to the players. But they would rather throw $25 million here and $40 million there than give back the roughly $20 billion in digital assets they control. Or give up access to the $50-plus million they make every year on their own media channel.

He continued:

There are many issues, but that is one of the biggest. For me personally, it’s not enough that they are sitting on hundreds of millions of digital moments. They also have access to my shots, access I do not have. They also charge companies to use shots I have hit. And when I did ‘The Match’—there have been five of them—the tour forced me to pay them $1 million each time. For my own media rights. That type of greed is, to me, beyond obnoxious.”

Six months later, just ahead of August’s Tour Championship, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced a host of financial boosts to “our top players,” via elevated events, increased PIP, and a minimum payment scheme for full PGA Tour members.

And Phil loves it.

Courtesy of tweeter @NotDrJ, viewers can not only see Mickelson in what seems excellent form in himself but also having a sly dig at his former tour.

With the fans at Boston right behind the shortened events, shotgun starts and all manner of entertainment on offer, Mickelson smirked as he said, “The fans are getting a lot of benefit out of this, but all professional golfers are getting a lot of benefits. The players on the Tour are playing for a lot more money. It’s great that they magically found a couple of hundred million. That’s awesome.”

The preceding months have not been great for the former world No. 2, but he seems back to himself, clearly has found renewed support, and is revelling because, whilst it is, and never was, a perfect situation, it seems to have had the effect he desired.

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