Pat Perez "DOESN'T CARE" what Phil Mickelson says on Saudi and PGA Tour

Pat Perez had some damning words on Phil Mickelson on Thursday at the Genesis Invitational and can't understand why he has "hate" for the PGA Tour.

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Fri, 18 Feb 2022
Pat Perez "DOESN'T CARE" what Phil Mickelson has to say on Saudi and PGA Tour

Pat Perez "doesn't care" what Phil Mickelson has to say about the Saudi golf league and the PGA Tour and said players won't follow him out the door to the Middle East.

Speaking bluntly at the Genesis Invitational, Perez declared that Lefty's concerns don't match his own views on the current situation concerning the Saudi golf league.

Perez' words put him alongside Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas who have pledged their support for the PGA Tour and he questioned Mickelson's criticisms of the circuit and the commissioner Jay Monahan.

Mickelson used strong words in an interview with Alan Shipnuck and claimed that the Saudi golf league can be used as leverage to improve the PGA Tour.

"I don't know what Phil's doing. I know Phil's got a lot of stress in life right now and I don't know what he's doing. I know he's not speaking for me and I actually really don't care what he has to say about anything because I just don't. He doesn't speak for me," said Perez.

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"He's had an amazing career, he obviously thinks there's something else on the other side for him going down the line. If he gets it, great. He's made $800 million on the tour, I don't know what could be so bad about the tour. So I don't know.

"They're not going to follow Phil, they're not going to follow DeChambeau unfortunately. You need the young crew right now to go do this thing. I don't know exactly what Phil, why he's got so much hate towards the tour. I mean, He's damn near 52 now.

"The PGA Tour's going to be around a long time. If 60 guys leave, there's going to be 60 more guys that come up and fill those spots. There's a line from here to Florida of guys who want to play on the PGA Tour."

Perez also mentioned with players such as McIlroy holding the line and not budging, this could hinder the progress and the success of the Saudi golf league.

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The 45-year-old, who is a three-time PGA Tour winner himself, shot 1-under-par in the first round of the Genesis Invitational.

In an interview with The Stripe Show Podcast, tour player Kramer Hickok claimed that up to 17 players have already agreed to join the Saudi tour and it could be starting as early as June.

It is set to be sanctioned on the Asian Tour which has been the subject of a $200 million investment from LIV Golf Investments and the Public Investment Fund.

 

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