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Pat Perez T-shirt Delivers the LIV Golf Honesty Others Fled From

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Pat Perez was her usual candor this week, with her words and her choice of outfit.

Specifically, the 46-year-old three-time PGA Tour winner donned a T-shirt adorned with $100 bills Tuesday night at the LIV Golf Invitational Series welcome party before his second event, outside Portland. , Oregon. When he met with the media a few hours earlier, he was no less subtle.

“For me, it’s very simple. I am 46 years old. I have played 515 events. I’ve been on the road since 1998. I’ve been on the road longer than Matt Wolff has been alive. I have a boy who is almost 4 years old. I missed my son’s birth last year,” said Perez, when asked why he decided to jump from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf. “The bottom line is that I am tired of being on the road every day and I don’t have to now. This opportunity [is] how to win the lottery

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In fact, it’s about the Benjamins.

Of course, that has been obvious to anyone who hasn’t taken a nap for the last six months. When it comes to the controversial Saudi-backed golf tour, which kicks off its second tournament and first in the United States on Thursday, cash rules all.

Pat Perez (center) wears a t-shirt with $100 bills printed on it during the LIV Golf Invitational welcome party in Portland, Oregon.
Pat Perez (center) wears a t-shirt with $100 bills printed on it during the LIV Golf Invitational welcome party in Portland, Oregon.
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Whether he likes it or not, whether LIV Golf likes it or not, Perez is at least being honest. He is a low bar in golf these days, between the PGA Tour’s botched control of the sport and LIV Golf’s puppet mastery by a despotic Saudi regime to whitewash its abominable human rights record. That bit of candor is more than can be said for the other guys who shared the podium with Perez this week, with reasons for defecting ranging from dubious to downright ridiculous.

“My opinion changed,” said Brooks Koepka, who is one of the few players reported to have signed a nine-figure deal to join the new league. “That was it. You guys will never believe me, but we didn’t have the conversation until it was all done at the US Open and we worked it out and just said it was going to go one way or the other. Here I am.”

What Koepka wasn’t there for: Questions about the details of his contract. At the same time, he said “you can’t believe everything you hear” and said that those details are “irrelevant”.

Pat Perez and his wife Ashley
Pat Perez and his wife Ashley
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Pat Perez, Talor Gooch, Greg Norman, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed at the LIV Golf Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
Pat Perez, Talor Gooch, Greg Norman, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed at the LIV Golf Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
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Nor did he have any desire to answer questions about where the money came from, about a group of 9/11 survivors that has criticized American players for participating, or about the news that some members of the host site Pumpkin Ridge have left the club over ties. of the league with Saudi Arabia.

“We’re playing golf,” Koepka joked.

Patrick Reed’s reasons, meanwhile, reached another level.

“To have an opportunity where I can play some of the best players in the world and also to have an opportunity that I feel is more suitable for me to see who is the best player that week, because everyone starts in it at exactly the same time. he said, noticing the start of the shotgun. “There is no such thing as a draw anymore. You are now on the golf course at exactly the same time. Whatever the weather is that day, that’s what you’re playing for.”

“And I feel like it’s more of a family atmosphere here.”

Then there was Bryson DeChambeau. He, like Pérez, has at least said that the move was a business decision.

But part of that business also included doing the work for his benefactors.

“I understand people’s decisions about their comments and all that,” he said. “We are golfers after all, and I think I respect everyone’s opinion. That’s the most important thing that people can understand about me, is that I respect him. But golf is a force for good, and I think as time goes on, I hope people look at the good it’s doing and what it’s trying to achieve instead of looking at the bad that happened before. I think moving on from that is important, and going forward and moving forward in a positive way is something that could be a positive force for the future of the game.”

Moving on is inherently how sportswashing works. Even setting that element aside, another question remains:

As more players inevitably take the money and run from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf, will the fans go with them?

We will see.

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