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Pat Perez takes another shot at the PGA Tour

The outspoken American is no stranger to controversy since moving to LIV Golf, and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is once again in the firing line
 

If it’s honesty you want from your golfers, you won’t be found wanting with Pat Perez.

When the three-time PGA Tour winner first signed with LIV Golf, he claimed it was “like winning the lottery”.

And after finishing sixth in Adelaide, his best finish on the breakaway circuit so far, Perez was asked how he thinks PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan would feel watching the footage from Australia.

“We don’t give a damn how he feels,” he replied, in typically blunt fashion. “We know how he feels about us, so it’s mutual.”

These quotes were originally attributed to Dustin Johnson by the Australian Associated Press, but Johnson’s agent David Winkle has since asserted the player’s actual response to the question was “no comment”.

“Dustin remains grateful for his time on the PGA Tour and has the utmost respect for commissioner Monahan,” Winkle wrote in a statement.

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As for Perez, this isn’t the first verbal dig he has taken at the PGA Tour in 2023. He opened his account on this front at LIV Golf Mayakoba in February.

“I love it because we’re here and the Tour is not. End quote,” he said, referring to El Camaleon’s previous hosting duties on the PGA Tour.

The 47-year-old compounded his angst for his old stomping ground when he initially joined the antitrust lawsuit that was filed against the tour – but he’s since removed his name from proceedings.

When it comes to the subject of hostility between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour, players have been quick to shut down the tension.

Sergio Garcia became agitated at a reporter during the Masters when asked on the subject, while Cameron Smith, Rory McIlroy, and Brooks Koepka also silenced the speculation too.

Even Perez has previously revealed he’s received well-wishing text messages from Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas since making the switch to the breakaway league.

But, a comment like this, as well as the freshest Twitter spat between Eddie Pepperell and Richard Bland, suggests more heat lies under the surface than is portrayed.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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