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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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Shane Lowry and Justin Thomas take shots at Bryson’s awkward attempt to own viral rope incident

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“If you can’t laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?”

According to those search engines, both quotes can be attributed to an awful lot of people over the years, including golf legends Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods.

Sometimes, though, others don’t find it as funny.

A week ago, we reported on a viral video from LIV Chicago that showed Bryson DeChambeau losing a battle with one of the gallery ropes .

Despite the histrionics and the supposed loss of vision in one eye, he completed the event at 6-under, and finishing in the top 10.

The incident brought more attention to the tour than anything Chicago winner Cam Smith could do, and the 2020 U.S Open winner probably thought he was onto a winner when recreating the event in a re-run of Bryson v Rope.

In it, the 29-year-old prepares for the challenge like a pro boxer, before ducking under the rope with no personal damage – to the whoops of the ‘onlookers’.

It was a bit of fun, but recent BMW PGA champion, and 2022 Masters third, Shane Lowry, wasn’t at all impressed.

The 2019 Open Championship winner has always stayed fairly neutral about the Greg Norman-led tour, but there was never a doubt that he was fully behind his good friend Rory McIlroy with his views.

However, after the win at Wentworth, Lowry was a tad more open with his views:

“I just think [LIV Golf] is bad for the game. I have always said I play for trophies, not for money. That’s why I didn’t entertain it, to be honest. The reason I have never even contemplated it is I don’t think it is good for the game.”

Whilst we can’t be sure if this had any effect on his Twitter post today, it was clear what he thinks of DeChambeau’s latest stunt:

Then JT got involved and made it clear what camp he was in…

The long-standing Dunhill Links weather is always unpredictable, but home players seem to thrive whatever the conditions.

What is definite is that Lowry will not stomach much more of the clownery on show, and probably won’t be cheering Bryson on as he reached the last 64 of the World’s Longest Drive Championship.

Just as we thought things might have been calming down…..

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Why Phil Mickelson decided to drop out of lawsuit against PGA Tour

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Whatever the whys and wherefores, the disputes and disagreements, the one thing the LIV series has done is get people thinking.

Much water has crossed under the bridge and a recap could go on for many hours, but it remains that something somewhere caused the PGA Tour to look at a revised schedule.

Behind all this were a number of court cases, the first being 16 players fighting their cause against a DP World Tour ban, before 11 PGA Tour players sought temporary injunctions against the tour, seeking allowance into the FedEx Cup.

Since then,  Abraham Ancer, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz and Pat Perez have dropped out of the suit, the trial scheduled to commence in 2024, and now four more have fallen by the wayside.

Those four are Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and more vitally, Phil Mickelson.

The idea of a series challenging the golf status quo was always in the mind of Greg Norman and his backers, and Lefty was certainly the one player that launched the idea into orbit, after a revealing interview with golf writer Alan Shipnuck.

That now leaves just three of the original 11 – Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uihlein – who are still being backed by LIV Golf.

The organization released a recent statement, commenting:

“Nothing has changed,’” confirmed LIV. “The merits of the lawsuit—the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive conduct—still stand and will be fully tested in court, and we look forward to it.”

The statement confirmed the reasons why they believe they have a strong case.

“We stand by the players who the PGA Tour has treated so poorly, but we also recognize to be successful we no longer need a wide variety of players to be on the suit. We have our players’ backs and will press our case in court against the PGA’s anti-competitive behavior.”

Losing the bigger names might be a blow to the plaintiff’s case, and Mickelson’s comments were always going to be of interest.

Lefty explained the reasons for his withdrawal to Sports Illustrated:

“I am focused on moving forward and extremely happy being a part of LIV, while also grateful for my time on the (PGA) Tour. I am pleased that the players on Tour are finally being heard, respected and valued and are benefitting from the changes recently implemented.”

He summed up:

“With LIV’s involvement in these issues, the players’ rights will be protected and I no longer feel it is necessary for me to be part of the proceedings.”

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Patrick Reed includes three golf journalists in fresh defamation lawsuit

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Last month, Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee. The suit has since been withdrawn, but the former Masters champion isn’t done yet.

Reed has just filed a new lawsuit against golf journalists Damon Hack, Shane Bacon and Eamon Lynch. In addition to the writers, the suit includes both PGA Tour and DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley.

The suit alleges that those mentioned are guilty of “conspiracy, defamation, injurious falsehood and tortious interference”.

The lawsuit is a whopping 96-pages long and it lists 42 “causes of action.” The causes of action include “a pattern and practice of defaming Mr. Reed.”

“These malicious attacks have created hate, aided and abetted a hostile workplace environment, and have caused substantial financial and emotional damage and harm to Mr. Reed and his family,” Reed’s attorney Larry Klayman said in a statement.

The suit claims that the defendants have cost Reed opportunities at multi-million-dollar sponsorships over the course of his career.

The documents also allege that the defendants have been “intentionally and maliciously destroying” the reputation and sales of Reed and his wife’s company, grindworksUSA, which distributes golf equipment made by the Chinese company.

Reed was set to tee it up at the Alfred Dunhill Links this week, but was forced to withdraw due to back issues resulting from a soft mattress at a French hotel.

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