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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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Protestors go topless at TPC Scottsdale in attempt to get PGA Tour pro into Phoenix Open field

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In 2022, fan-favorite Harry Higgs sunk a medium range par putt at the famous 16th-hole at TPC Scottsdale during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In celebration, Higgs lifted his shirt up to flash the raucous crowd, causing the spectators to lose their minds in the process.

Now, fans in the Scottsdale area are protesting to have Higgs back in the field in 2024.

The 32-year-old has struggled over the past few seasons since 2022 and has fallen all the way past number 400 in the OWGR, which isn’t good enough to gain entry into this year’s field.

Dude Wipes, which is one of Higgs’ sponsors, posted a picture of the protestors on X.

“Hey @WMPhoenixOpen how about an exemption for our DUDE @harryhiggs1991”

Time will tell if the fans’ antics are enough to get Higgs back to TPC Scottsdale. The Waste Management Phoenix Open will begin February 8.

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Ian Poulter is putting a fairway wood from 2006 in his bag to begin LIV season

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LIV Golf’s Ian Poulter is attempting to turn back the clock to start his 2024 season.

The 48-year-old revealed on social media that he plans to put his Titleist 906F2 fairway wood from all the way back in 2006 in his bag once again eighteen years later.

“Sometimes you have to go back and find the clubs you simply loved. I’ve been looking for a 240 – 245 carry. My old 906F2 @Titleist was that once. Pulled it out and OMG it’s incredible. Coming back to play. Can’t wait to bring her back. Old is good sometimes. It has some battle wounds but she has also holds great memories. I won several events with it. Let’s hope we can again with @MajesticksGC”.

Poulter may be looking to regain some of his old magic, as his first two years on LIV haven’t been quite up to the standards he’s grown accustomed to, finishing 36th in the individual standings.

The Englishman will kick off his 2024 campaign next week at Mayakoba.

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Anthony Kim in talks with PGA Tour and LIV Golf over shock return to pro golf

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Is one of the most desired comebacks in all of sport on the cards?

As first reported by Golf.com, Anthony Kim has been in discussion with both the PGA Tour and LIV Golf as he plots a return to the sport following a 12 year absence.

The news was confirmed by ESPN sources, who revealed that Kim has intensified his training in anticipation of a comeback over recent weeks.

Per Golf.com, LIV Golf showed no initial interest in signing Kim until Greg Norman intervened to begin negotiations over the prospect of a one-year deal.

Golf.com also reported that a major issue in negotiations has been an insurance policy now worth an estimated $10 million that Kim possesses from his playing day. The policy would be voided if the 38-year-old returned to pro golf.

Should a comeback on the PGA Tour come to fruition, Kim could play in non-signature events as a past champion or through exemptions.

Per the reports, Kim is looking to tee it up again as early as this spring.

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