Pat Perez’s shirt deliver LIV Golf honesty others ran from

Pat Perez’s shirt deliver LIV Golf honesty others ran from

Pat Perez was his normal blunt self this week, together with his phrases and his alternative of apparel.

Particularly, the 46-year-old three-time PGA Tour winner donned a shirt emblazoned with $100 payments at LIV Golf’s welcome social gathering in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday evening. When he met with the media a number of hours earlier, he wasn’t any much less refined.

“For me it’s actual easy. I’m 46. I’ve performed 515 occasions. I’ve been on the highway since 1998. I’ve been on the highway longer than Matt Wolff has been alive. I’ve an nearly four-year-old. I missed my son’s start final yr,” Perez stated when requested why he determined to leap from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf. “The underside line is I’m uninterested in being on the highway each day, and I don’t need to do it now. This chance [is] like profitable the lottery for me.”

It’s certainly all in regards to the Benjamins.

After all, that a lot has been apparent to anybody who hasn’t been taking a nap the final six months. With regards to the controversial Saudi-backed golf circuit, which can tee off with its second event and first in the USA on Thursday, money guidelines all the things round these guys.

Pat Perez (heart) wears a shirt with $100 payments printed on it in the course of the LIV Golf Invitational welcome social gathering in Portland, Ore.by way of Getty Photographs

Hey, like him or not, like LIV Golf or not, give Perez credit score for at the least being sincere — it’s a low bar in golf today, between the PGA Tour’s bungling grip on the game and the puppeteering of LIV Golf by a despotic Saudi regime to sports activities wash its abhorrent human rights file. That little bit of candor is greater than will be stated for the opposite guys who shared the rostrum with Perez this week, with their causes for defecting starting from doubtful to downright ridiculous.

“My opinion modified,” stated Brooks Koepka, who’s one in every of a handful of gamers to have reportedly inked a nine-figure deal to affix the brand new league. “That was it. You guys won’t ever imagine me, however we didn’t have the dialog ‘until all the things was completed on the U.S. Open and figured it out and simply stated I used to be going to go a technique or one other. Right here I’m.”

What Koepka wasn’t there for: Questions in regards to the specifics of his deal. In the identical breath, he stated “you’ll be able to’t imagine all the things you hear” and stated that these particulars are “irrelevant.”

Pat Perez and spouse Ashleyvia Getty Photographs

Pat Perez, Talor Gooch, Greg Norman, Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed on the LIV Golf Invitational in Portland, Ore.by way of Getty Photographs

Nor did he have any want to reply questions in regards to the supply of the cash, a 9/11 survivors group that has blasted American gamers for collaborating or information that some members of host website Pumpkin Ridge give up the membership over the league’s ties to Saudi Arabia.

“We’re taking part in golf,” Koepka quipped.

Patrick Reed’s causes, in the meantime, reached a special degree.

“To have a possibility the place I can play with among the high gamers on this planet and on high of it have a possibility that I really feel like for me is extra appropriate to see who the very best participant is that week, as a result of everybody begins at the very same time,” he stated, noting the shotgun begin. “There isn’t any such factor as a draw anymore. Now you’re on the golf course the very same time. Regardless of the climate is that day, that’s what you’re taking part in.

“And I simply really feel prefer it’s extra of a household atmosphere out right here.”

Then there was Bryson DeChambeau. He, like Perez, at the least has stated the transfer was a enterprise resolution.

However a part of that enterprise additionally included doing the work of his benefactors.

“I perceive individuals’s selections on their feedback and whatnot,” he stated. “We’re golfers on the finish of the day, and I feel that I respect all people’s opinion. That’s a very powerful factor individuals can hopefully perceive out of me is I do respect it. However golf is a power for good, and I feel as time goes on, hopefully individuals will see the nice that they’re doing and what they’re making an attempt to perform slightly than wanting on the unhealthy that’s occurred earlier than. I feel shifting on from that’s vital, and going and persevering with to maneuver ahead in a optimistic mild is one thing that might be a power for good for the way forward for the sport.”

Transferring on is inherently how sportswashing works. Even leaving that factor of it apart, although, one other query stays:

As extra gamers inevitably take the cash and run from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf, will followers go along with them?

We will see.

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