Mike Lorenzo-Vera swept the LIV Golf Invitational Series. He is now going after one of his biggest names.
In two tweets and an Instagram post this week, the veteran DP World Tour pro criticized Patrick Reed over a bunker incident at the 2019 Hero World Challenge, the comments coming just under two months since Lorenzo-Vera questioned why players would play for the controversial. LIV series backed by Saudi Arabia. Reed’s account responded by blocking the Frenchman.
“Does this code work if I want to buy a shovel??? @PReedGolf ???”
The dig was a clear reference to Reed’s Hero incident, where he twice scooped sand behind the ball on practice swings before being penalized. About three hours after his tweet, Lorenzo-Vera shared that reed account I had blocked it.
“Well… that was fast… Bye Bye Cheat!!!” he wrote.
Lorenzo-Vera was not finished. Two days later, he shared on his Instagram stories a graphic that this week’s LIV broadcast had been using to show player skill levels, only this graphic had been edited to add “cheating.”
“@preedgolf has solid stats!” wrote Lorenzo-Vera, who is also playing the Irish Open this week.
This all comes after professionals shared thoughts on the Saudi-backed series in May. After he wrote, “WTF is going on in the heads of some players???? Is not sufficient [money emoji] at the @PGATOUR??? Not well organized? Bad schedule? Bad courses? badly sung [sp]? Before LIV, it seems they were happy! INGRACE!!!! That’s the only word that comes to mind. #education”
That tweet, along with his responses to comments, appeared to be in response to an incident involving Sergio Garcia at the Wells Fargo Championship. There, during the first lap, an official told Garcia that he had found a lost ball after the allotted three minutes, to which the Spaniard replied: “I can’t wait to leave this Tour. I can’t wait to get out of here, my friend. And Garcia kept his word, joining the series of upstarts.
Lorenzo-Vera has earned more than $5.5 million on the formerly named European Tour and, notably, was tied for second place at the 2020 PGA Championship halfway. His comments towards the Saudi league weren’t the first either, as He shared a 3-minute, 40-second video on Instagram in February suggesting that players around the league donate their money to charity.
“Hello everyone. I’m making this video because there’s something I really don’t like about what’s going on right now with the Saudi league, and I’d like to speak with my voice on my social network,” he said in the video. “So I speak in English because I hope this message goes a little bit beyond the borders of France. I’m going to explain to you what’s been going through my mind for the last week. I was talking to my agent about the Saudi league, and it was like, well, imagine, man, if I play better and I can get into that league, that’s a lot of money that you can win. And it’s like a lottery ticket for the family, and that’s fantastic and stuff, that’s fine.
“And for the week after that, it’s crazy. I was in the players’ lounge during the tournament and the BBC was on, on TV, and there was a documentary about what was going on in Yemen. And I’ve seen the children, many children dying from lack of food and so skinny and so sad and I mean… This is crazy, the situation there. And I am not a journalist, a war journalist. I don’t understand everything, but what I could understand about that comment is that the Saudis are involved and… It feels strange to see this. You may not understand everything, but as we say in France, there is no smoke without fire.
“And I would like to talk to the guys who signed for the league and that message. Maybe I could use that money, not all of it, but a good amount of that money, to donate to charity for children in Yemen to bring them some food. That would be quite interesting. And at least it would. That is sure. And I know I’m not in the situation and it might sound jealous or whatever, but I think at some point we need to come back down to earth a little bit.
“And I’ve seen Andrew Coltart’s comments and I think he’s 100 percent right: sometimes we lose reality and I’ve done the same thing sometimes; Look, I’ve played twice in Arabia. And the more time goes by and the more I’m uncomfortable with it and we just need to not forget where we come from sometimes. Like the European Tour, the PGA Tour has been here for us and we can thank them. I think walking away from them just for money feels a little weird. And that money feels even stranger.”
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