Pat Perez Becomes Second Player To Pull Out Of Antitrust Lawsuit Against PGA Tour
After two weeks, two LIV Golf players have now reportedly pulled themselves out of the antitrust lawsuit against PGA Tour. 46-year old Pat Perez has decided to drop out of the lawsuit, the following week after Carlos Ortiz became the first to do so. Perez reportedly told Sports Illustrated that he only took part in the suit was to back the other players involved, but had nothing personal against PGA Tour.
“I didn’t really think it through,” Perez also said. “I have no ill feelings toward the PGA Tour or any of the players. I’m a LIV guy 100 percent. I’m going to play for them. But I don’t feel any need to go after the PGA Tour. They gave me a wonderful opportunity for 21 years. I’ve got nothing against them, no hard feelings toward anybody. I earned everything I got out there, don’t get me wrong.”
Perez is a three-time Tour winner who left PGA Tour to join LIV Golf back in the month of June. After officially becoming a pro golfer in 1997, Perez has earned more than $28 million in prize money throughout his career. When asked why he decided to join LIV Golf, Perez stated that it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. Perez also stated that he couldn’t “beat these young kids anymore”.
Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones are among the nine current players who sued PGA Tour to be able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs but a judge denied their request. The PGA claims the players violated their PGA Tour contracts by going to LIV.
“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches,” the motion said. “[Temporary restraining order] plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”
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