Many have been led to believe in recent months that there is a huge divergence between PGA Tour and LIV golfers. A Jets vs. Real-world sharks playing out on grassy fields instead of paved city streets. Well, according to Pat Perez, that Cold War between these two tours may not be so cold after all.
The ever-outspoken veteran appeared on the Podcast “Son of a Butch with Claude Harmon” this week and talked about all the support he received to help the 4 Aces win the inaugural LIV Golf Team Championship. And some of the names that send congratulatory messages may surprise you.
Perez told Harmon he got a good message from Jon Rahm, who has been one of LIV’s most vocal opponents. But perhaps that’s not too surprising considering Rahm and Perez both have ties to the state of Arizona, and Rahm has been taking a nice-guy kick lately afterward. helping Max Homa and his wife with food after the birth of their first child. But then there’s this.
“I got a message from Justin Thomas,” says Perez. “Monday morning. He said, ‘Hey man, I’m so happy for you, congratulations.’ This is really cool.”
Like Rahm, Thomas has been very vocal in his support of the PGA Tour vs. BOOK Much vocal. But he congratulated Perez, who has struggled since joining the new tour, for reaching the final in Doral for teammates Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Talor Gooch.
That said, the 46-year-old Perez points out that he may draw a more positive reaction from the anti-LIV crowd because of his particular situation.
“I think people noticed here” a guy who’s been an average player his entire career, and he fought, he kept his card forever, and he had time off and he had to show up on Sunday to help his team, and he did. “said Perez, who also listed Webb Simpson and Aaron Baddeley among the PGA Tour pros. They know I’m not a threat, and they can’t really be mad that I’m gone. . . . I think they were genuinely happy for me. They didn’t see me as a threat, they were genuinely happy for me.”
You can listen to the entire podcast here with this part of the conversation starting around 30 minutes.
“Justin Thomas is a phenomenal player, phenomenal, and obviously he’s anti-LIV for whatever reason. And that’s okay,” Perez continued. “But the fact that he reached out and congratulated me, I thought it was really cool.”
Now, if JT texted former Ryder Cup teammate Patrick Reed, congratulations is another story. But, at least from Perez’s story, it’s possible that the PGA Tour and LIV guys will get along.