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‘Listen to the players’: Patrick Reed and Pat Perez blame PGA Tour for LIV breakway

It’s your fault we quit! LIV Golf defectors Pat Perez and Patrick Reed blame the PGA Tour for leaving for the Saudi breakaway league and insist they “should have listened to the players” at their first press conference since jumping ship

  • The PGA Tour has lost players to the breakaway LIV Golf Invitational Series
  • Americans Pat Perez and Patrick Reed spoke before a tournament in Oregon
  • The pair tore in the PGA Tour and its commissioner, Jay Monahan

Americans Pat Perez and Patrick Reed said Tuesday that the PGA Tour had only itself to blame for losing players to the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Golf Invitational Series ahead of a tournament at Oregon’s Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

Sitting next to four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, Perez and 2018 Masters winner Reed, the PGA Tour ripped into the PGA Tour and its commissioner, Jay Monahan, said the blame for their departure lay at the feet of the golf organization.

“Monahan just shut it down from the start. I didn’t want to listen, didn’t want to attend a meeting,” said Perez, a 46-year-old, three-time PGA Tour winner.

Pat Perez has blamed the PGA Tour for losing players in the LIV Series break

Pat Perez has blamed the PGA Tour for losing players in the LIV Series break

“They didn’t listen to the players. Somehow during the tour they keep talking about ‘Oh yeah, we work for you, we work for the players.’ But it’s the opposite. It seems we work for them. We have nothing to say about anything.’

Earlier this month, the PGA Tour suspended members who were members of LIV Golf, with Monahan saying they had decided to turn their backs on the tour.

When asked if the tour could have done anything to keep them, Reed replied, “Listen to the players.”

“We have to be able to do what we want, we are independent contractors,” said Perez.

LIV Golf participants have faced a barrage of criticism from fans and fellow golfers about the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s government denies allegations of human rights abuses.

From left to right: Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed spoke in Oregon on Tuesday

From left to right: Perez, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed spoke in Oregon on Tuesday

“This group has given me the opportunity to play golf and have a different schedule,” said Perez.

“That’s my only concern.”

With Portland the second of eight events set to bring in a total of $255 million, LIV is promising its competitors more money with far fewer tournaments on the calendar.

Perez said that at his age, after decades of traveling with his family, the call from LIV was like “winning the lottery.”

“I’m a 30- to 33-week male every year I’ve done it,” he said. “And now I don’t have to do that anymore.”

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