‘Free agency’ in golf isn’t all Greg Norman dreamed of


“Free agency is finally coming to golf,” Greg Norman proclaimed at the LIV Golf debut last month.

“I feel so happy about the fact that we’ve brought free agency to golf,” he said on another occasion.

To hear Pat Perez, one of the LIV signatories, say it, he has been rescued from being a PGA Tour servant, even though he earned more than $28 million during his career.


“I missed my son’s birth last year. On August 18, I get a call that my wife is going into labor. I’m in Jersey. I’m getting ready to start the FedEx playoffs. I’m ranked 116 off the list. I can.” I can `t go. I can not lose it. I can’t go back. I can’t go back and forth without spending $150,000 on a private flight. I’m not going to do that. I had to miss the birth of my son,” Perez said. “And, you know, luckily, I made the cut and moved up in status by playing well, but it still sucks.”

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Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, speaks to fans during the second round of the LIV Golf tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

The only thing is that Perez did not actually have to miss the birth of his son. He chose to play the Northern Trust. He had already closed his Tour card for next season by finishing in the top 125. If he wanted to qualify for the BMW Championship the following week (top 70) or the Tour Championship (top 30), he would have had to continue. because he hadn’t played well enough that season to guarantee his spot. Tour veteran Billy Horschel took issue with what Perez said.