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Pat Perez reveals his ‘hatred’ of Phil Mickelson after Lefty committed ‘unforgivable’ act

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Pat Perez has had one hell of a time on the LIV Golf series.

In March he told reporters he was doubtful that the tour would go ahead, yet a few weeks later signed to the Greg Norman-led tour, prompting his wife, Ashley, to take to social media and tell the haters exactly what she thought. 

Take it back to an early episode of GOLF’s Subpar podcast, and the 46-year-old told Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz that Phil Mickelson’s infamous apology was, “such horseshit.”

“In the fact that he thought he was trying to make it better for the players. He was in it for one reason. If anybody thinks he wasn’t in it for his own pocket, and his pocket only, is (blanking) high. They are (blanking) crazy.”

“He was in it for himself. Why he went down two different avenues and basically buried himself on both, I can’t figure it out.”

Either way, Perez has done rather well for himself.

Despite not finishing closer than 15th in any of the limited-field events, Perez finished 8th in the end-of-series table racking up a total of $8 million, the vast majority of that being made up by being a member of the all-conquering 4Aces GC, led by series winner Dustin Johnson, and comprising Patrick Reed (2nd in the table) and Talor Gooch (3rd).

Next season, however, DJ has made a change, with Peter Uihlein replacing Gooch – Perez, however, seems to be staying.

After the season had finished, Perez joined Claude Harmon on the Son of a Butch podcast to discuss the series and, particularly, his long-term ‘hate’ of Mickelson.

The three-time PGA Tour winner admitted that Mickelson’s comments on the Saudi regime nearly ruined what has become something of a money-pit for the players, and how Lefty committed an unforgivable act against him:

“When it comes to Phil, I have a different hate for Phil than most people. People won’t know the story. I’m not going to go into the story again, but Phil crossed the line with me that is just uncrossable and unforgivable.

He knows that he screwed up. He apologised for the accident, but I cannot forgive him for it because I’ve known Phil for a long, long time. I’ve known the guy forever.”

Perez continued:

“And the fact that when he made this action, not only was it – he had intentions of doing it. He was already – he knew it was going to happen before it happened and when he did it – I was hurt for one. I was like, ‘how can this guy do this?'”

I didn’t really go into it on Colt’s thing (Colt Knost), but I told Colt and said ‘you’ve cut out all the reasons of why I don’t like Phil’ – the other side of the coin is that everyone thought that Phil was greedy. No, he wasn’t greedy.”

If anybody knows what’s going on, Phil has been in the top 50 his whole career. He’s been involved in all these teams and all the things that are going on, on the Tour. He is very knowledgeable about what is going on, on the Tour and he voiced his displeasure at what is going on, on the Tour.”

Perez was one of 11 players named on an ‘anti-trust’ lawsuit served upon the PGA Tour, but has now pulled out, having not thought it through. Mickelson has since also followed many of his LIV colleagues in removing his name from the court case, set to begin in a year’s time.

Relaxing his clear animosity towards the six-time major champion, Perez did believe Lefty was correct in some way, although could have been the downfall of many of the current playing staff.

“He (Phil) is 100% correct in the fact that the way the Tour is the way they are. They are for themselves, they are not for the players. They are not for growing anybody else except their own pockets.” Perez said.

“They all call themselves a non-profit (organisation) yet all they have is profit, so how does that work? The thing about what I was saying is Phil, yeah, Phil almost ruined the thing completely because of his comments about the deal.”

“Then guys got scared and were like ‘well this isn’t going to work now, Phil’s obviously turned, he’s saying this and this’. It couldn’t have been worse timing for the LIV group in that deal.”

“But like I said in my [previous] interview, I’m behind the Tour because I didn’t get an offer. I’d never talked to the LIV group in my entire life and then Tiger was against it – I’ve always looked up to him, but he wasn’t for it. But I didn’t have a deal.”

Money talks, however:

Like I said, you offer me a good deal and I’m going because at this point in my life, at 46, you offer me enough cash – and I don’t have to play as much anymore, I’m out of there.”

“Phil and I had a little talk, funnily enough, the week before that all happened. Before all those comments came out, right after I did the podcast with Colt was when I think Phil was starting to get word on things that I knew. It’s not that I was really against or for it, I didn’t know enough about it and I wasn’t even considering it because I didn’t have an offer and I didn’t talk to anybody.”

Perez admitted, “Other than you [Harman] and DJ (Dustin Johnson), that’s the only reason I knew that something may have come in my direction.

“But the whole thing about me wearing out Phil has way more to do with the interaction or problem we had as opposed to him trying to beat up the Tour and going after a lot of money. That’s what needs to be clarified.”

 

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  5. Reality_Check

    Nov 14, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    So now we are supposed to give a squat about what Pat Perez thinks about anything? Give me a break already.

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  7. Moses

    Nov 12, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Wow what a bunch of nonsense ramble.

    • Benny

      Nov 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      So happy you said this because I understood nothing about this article. But I am also dumb too.

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  9. Mike

    Nov 11, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    I would have loved to be in the room when the LIV braintrust decided, “Pat Perez, we GOTTA have him on our tour!”. He’s the luckiest man on the face of the earth, a b-level tour player who struck it rich.

    Not hating on him. Just offering an opinion.

    • Robbie

      Nov 12, 2022 at 1:42 pm

      It’s about getting the most for the least. Some people are so dumb and shallow they put counterfeit paper above integrity and ethics. He was just next on the list.

  10. Bob

    Nov 11, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Pat didn’t “reveal” anything. Why, Pat? Go into it.

    In the meantime, we’ll wait and watch this…
    https://www.reddit.com/r/golf/comments/yiub6v/liv_is_tacky_and_trying_way_too_hard/

  11. D-Boy

    Nov 11, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    1. Perez is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He may be the dullest.
    2. He got lucky with LIV. But he’s their Curly Joe. You see him, you laugh.
    3. Phil is a fraud. Career is trashed.
    4. LIV is still exhibition. Professional Golf has got to be beyond money. It’s Tradition.
    5. The PGA Tour hurt themselves.

  12. Scott

    Nov 11, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    It shocks me that somebody as dumb as Perez can be so successful at golf. I suppose I’m like a bunch of other golf-headcases by way of overthinking it, because the game that I play seems to require brains.

    • tdbach

      Nov 11, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      You will note that not one winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics has a single-digit handicap. Be grateful you have some smarts, even if it means some trouble on the links.

  13. Louis B

    Nov 11, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Perez seems like a real mature guy…not!!!

  14. Murv

    Nov 11, 2022 at 11:16 am

    That told me nothing??

  15. JACK

    Nov 11, 2022 at 8:36 am

    LIV in a way has been good for me.

    I don’t really care for a good number of the guys that went to LIV

    Now I don’t have to see or hear from those players as much anymore so that’s a good thing for me

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Report: Details of Mickelson’s ‘deeply offensive’ act against Pat Perez are ‘so inflammatory’

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Rumors have been swirling about a feud between two of LIV Golf’s most polarizing players.

According to Pat Perez, Phil Mickelson did something “unforgiveable” that’s resulted in Perez having a deep-seeded hatred for the 43-time PGA Tour winner.

In an appearance on Claude Harmon’s “Son of a Butch” podcast, Perez outlined his issues with Mickelson, but refused to go into further detail about exactly what happened.

“When it comes to Phil, I have a different hate for Phil than most people,” Perez told Harmon. “People won’t know the story—I’m not going to go into the story again—but Phil crossed the line with me that is just uncrossable and unforgivable.

“He knows that he screwed up. He apologized for the action, but I cannot forgive him for it because I’ve known Phil for a long, long time. I’ve known the guy forever. And the fact that when he made this action, not only was it—he had intentions of doing it; he knew it was going to happen before it happened and when he did it—I was hurt, for one. I was like ‘How can this guy do this?’

Now, thanks to Alan Shipnuck, who wrote the controversial biography on Mickelson, we have some more information on the Perez/Mickelson feud. In a reader Q and A, a reader (@Mfurlong) asked Shipnuck if he knew anything about the beef between the two.

“What’s the Pat Perez/Phil dust-up about? I read once in a detective novel that, “All crime is about sex or money.” My bet is sex … you??”

Shipnuck responded to the question, and said the details were too inflammatory to share without confirming with Perez himself.

“Well, it ain’t about money. In the course of reporting my book on Mickelson I kept hearing of his rift with Perez, a fellow San Diego native. They have a lot of history. Perez has always fancied himself a Tiger guy, which means he has never been warm and cuddly toward Phil. But what inspired Perez to spout off on various podcasts lately was Mickelson doing something that deeply offended Perez and his wife Ashley. I approached Pat a couple of times to see if he’d go on-record, but he declined. I had a handful of players and caddies tell me they heard of the incident directly from Perez, but the details are so inflammatory I didn’t feel comfortable putting the story in the book without direct confirmation. This whole situation is still clearly festering with Perez so we’ll see if he chooses to make the details public; if so, that will certainly set off a firestorm.”

Although it’s still unclear what happened between Perez and Mickelson, the confirmation that players and caddies have spoken about it to Alan Shipnuck gives me the feeling the truth will eventually come out.

Just what golf needs, more drama.

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Jon Rahm: Golf’s World Ranking system is laughable

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Anyone clicking on to “This Week’s Events” on the OWGR webpage this week may be in for surprise.

In order of points awarded, the RSM Classic, a typical end of season event on the PGA Tour, rewards the winner at Sea Island almost twice the ranking points of the victor at the DP World Championship. This despite Dubai hosting world number one, Rory McIlroy, former number one and current number five Jon Rahm, ninth placed Matt Fitzpatrick, and five further players from the world’s top-30.

In contrast, after world number 12 Tony Finau pulled out of the event in Georgia, top of the shop is Seamus Power, ranked 30, in-form but with nothing like the pedigree of the three previously named, nor Shane Lowry or Viktor Hovland.

The 50-strong field teeing it up at the Earth Course have earned their places via a season-long ranking table, and Rahm doesn’t find the points system amusing at all.

OWGR now ranks events on overall strength of field, and with a full field against a limited one, the RSM Classic has a rating of over 100 points higher than the championship event, therefore points are distributed as such.

Rahm was not afraid of letting his feelings be known ahead of this week’s event:

“I’m going to be as blunt as I can. I think the OWGR right now is laughable”

“I understand what they are trying to do with the depth of field, but having the best players in the world automatically makes the tournament better,” Rahm added.

“I don’t care what their system says. I think they have made a mistake. I think some aspects of it might be beneficial, but I think they have devalued the value of the better players.

“The 30 best players of the year should not be punished because it’s a smaller field.”

“Depth of field doesn’t mean a better tournament.I could go on and on. I think they have missed the mark on that stance quite a bit.”

The official ranking system has already been called into question on many occasions this year, with many questioning their validity after all LIV events were declared as not qualifying for any ranking points.

This has meant a drop in rankings for the likes of Dustin Johnson and 2022 Open Championship winner Cam Smith, something LIV is very keen to turn round in the future.

Keith Pelley, DP World Tour chief, is already under intense pressure to talk to the LIV ruling committee, and the rebellious talk from one of his own supportive players can’t help matters.

“There is no doubt that Jon Rahm’s conversation and some of the other noticeable changes around OWGR will be a topic at our next board meeting,” he said. “It is prudent to bring it up based on our top players and their comments.”

“The OWGR is a hot topic for many reasons. There were four universities that did a detailed study and all came to the conclusion that the world rankings didn’t necessarily reflect the game of golf. As a result we implemented a new system. And like with any new system you evaluate it and modify it if changes are needed.”

Rahm is adamant that beating better players is the route to increased points:

“Would you rather win a tournament when you have the number one player in the world there or the 30th or 6th there?” asked the 2021 US Open winner.

“I think it’s more valuable if you’re beating best players in the world. I think a lot of people would agree and I think it should reflect that.”

That puts Rahm at odds with another anti-LIV player and Ryder Cup colleague, Rory McIlroy, who gave his support to the new way of points distribution.

“You’ve got a 50-man field here versus a 144-man field there,” said the FedEX Cup winner.

“So just in terms of how the strengths of field is calculated, they have 90 more players to contribute to their strength of field. So the reason that this has got 21 points, and the RSM has got 39 is the person that wins the RSM has to beat 139 other guys.”

“You only have to beat 49 other guys here. It’s a much fairer system.”

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Tour pro denies ‘sexist-elitist’ accusations after refusing to play combined mens and women’s Australian Open

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Australian pro golfer Scott Hend has never been afraid of making his feeling know.

The 49-year-old winner of ten Asian Tour events is a firm believer in the freedom to play wherever a player wants, saying in July that if the LIV tour held qualifying stages, he would unquestionably sign up.

Now he has been picked up for comments made surrounding the upcoming Australian Open, and the changes allowing both the men’s and women’s championship to be played on the same course, at the same time.

Hend has returned home to play this week’s Queensland PGA and the following Australian PGA, but has decided against entering the country’s flagship event as he believes the combined event lessens the prestige.

In a tweet posted at the end of October, Hend mentions he has been called a “sexist elitist by some people,” but explains that he simply wants both events to have their “own week.”

The 2016 Asian Order of Merit winner expanded on his post via Fox Sports:

“My exact words were I believe the Australian Open is such a prestigious event. The women and the men deserve their own week for the event.

It’s nothing about being against women playing golf, it’s nothing about prize-money being exactly the same… it’s just about the event having the history of how long the event (has been going for, that) both men and women should have their own week to shine.”

Hend continued, “That’s all I’ve said, and that’s what I firmly believe in. So that being the case, I haven’t entered to play, I’m not going to try to pre-qualify… because I still believe that both men and women should have their own week to stand out and shine by themselves, not together, when people are going to compare them against each other in the one tournament.”

“That’s not what the Australian Open is all about.”

The women’s event has been won by the likes of the elite players of their time, such as Karrie Webb, Laura Davies, Jiyai Shin, Lydia Ko, Jin-Yung Ko, Nelly Korda and Inbee Park – quite a roll-call!

The men’s list is equally impressive, with winners Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Cam Davies appearing alongside the name of legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and current LIV CEO Greg Norman, winner on five occasions.

It is a huge deal for a home player to not be playing in the event, and whilst Hend has no issues with the mixing of genders in other events, he is sticking firm on this decision.

Asked is he received an invitation, Hend replied, “I didn’t ask, I haven’t entered, I don’t want to be a hypocrite…. I still believe both sexes deserve their own week. Not sure how that isn’t Pro Women’s Golf…..”

As the Australian Open takes place, Hend will play at the Indonesian Masters, part of the Asian Tour he knows so well.

With the recent links between the Asian Tour and their LIV sponsors, the irony of not trying to follow Norman into the Victoria winner’s circle is not lost – particularly after his comments on leaving the DP World Tour behind from 2023.

Continuing his stance of freedom, and the belief that he felt the DP World Tour was “petty and childish” when issuing sanctions against LIV players, he has decided enough is enough.

“I’m done with Europe, I’m done with the politics, I’m done with the lying to players, I’m done with having to ask for a release when I want to go play in other tournaments,” he said.

“For the last 25 years I’ve played where I want, when I want and I haven’t had to ask for permission to go to play another event.”

He continued, “Now… if you want to playing in another place, you need to get permission from that tour, otherwise they’re going to sanction you, so if that’s going to be the case, I don’t want to be involved in that anymore.”

“I play golf because I love playing golf. I don’t want to have to get permission every week to go play somewhere else.”

With LIV arriving in Adelaide as part of their revamped 2023 schedule, Hend is keeping one eye on any chance to jump in, hoping to qualify for the cash-rich tour via the Asian Tour.

“I’m 50 in August. People say I’m washed up, I’m done, I’ve got nothing left, but if I can produce what I know I can produce, I can possibly qualify through the Asian Tour”

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