Pat Perez wore a button-down shirt to Tuesday night’s LIV Golf pro-am party in North Plains, Oregon, that was so flashy, so outrageous that only the words of renowned wordsmith Phil Mickelson would do it justice: It was obnoxiously something, that’s for sure.
Greedy? Well, the jersey featured a $100 bill motif, which was appropriate since Perez sold out for the Benjamins. He was supposed to be pretty flexible – imagine his friends and fellow LIV dropouts telling him, ‘well played’, and fucking him, maybe his wife called him ‘iconic’ as he tagged the Saudi-backed league on his weird Tik Tok . mail. But the jersey only showed his disrespect for the PGA Tour, his workplace since 2002, giving him a platform to earn more than $28 million in career earnings. However, Perez in his money jersey would be a fitting personal logo, or better yet, a perfect representation for all of LIV Golf.
It’s sad that we’ve gotten to the point in this charade where Perez is being praised for being one of the only LIV players to admit he made the jump for the money. He went so far as to use it proudly, literally, instead of hiding behind the “grow the game” lark, or so many of the other bogus justifications.
“This opportunity has been like winning the lottery,” he said.
Perez, to his credit, has managed to keep his card all these years despite only three PGA Tour victories, sometimes only in the top 125. He was clocking all the way to PGA Tour Champions at age 50 when thanks to the help of Dustin Johnson himself was handed a life preserver, and reportedly some $20 million in guaranteed money, to jump ship at LIV Golf. Hardly anyone will miss him.
When Rory McIlroy mentioned that some of the LIV players were cheating, he had others in mind first and foremost, but Perez has to be the first totally cheating team after his tirade against Mickelson and all things Saudi golf at the Genesis Invitational. in February. which is really worth reading in its entirety, but here are some selected excerpts.
“I would never say anything bad about the Tour because I’ve had an amazing life doing it, and I still have the Champ Tour to think about it. I am exempt on the Champions Tour as long as I want to play. That’s an amazing kind of retirement on top of the retirement package that we already have. I have no reason to complain about anything. I’m one of those lucky guys that I think I see it the right way,” he said.
“For me, making about $40 million total with everything from a guy who got kicked out of college, all of that and he was supposed to be a dump, really. For me, yeah, I’ve earned every penny because we have to do it all the time,” he said.
That was followed by another historic takedown by Mickelson during an early March podcast appearance on Golf Subpar with Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz, which Golfweek detailed here.
But Pérez warned us in February that it was likely to capsize. “You throw me a hundred and actually I get it, I’m leaving,” he said. “I would take it. Why wouldn’t you?
All Greg Norman had to do was show him the money. Apparently his price was much less than a hundred, or was he referring to a single Benji?
World Golf Hall of Fame member Fred Couples, speaking to Golf.com, is thus far the most outspoken player to call Mickelson, Perez and the rest of the dupes. He spoke some words chosen especially for Pérez.
“I heard from everyone that Perez was a little confrontational,” Couples said of Perez’s LIV debut news conference this week in Oregon. “He is a grain of sand in this Tour. He should be soft and kind, but he’s kind of raising his voice. I’m done with that.”
The couples saved the best for Mickelson:
“Have you ever seen Phil look so stupid in his life? They know it’s a joke,” adding, “I don’t think I’ll ever talk to him again.”
In other words, go hit sand.