Tuesday was a pivotal day in the ongoing PGA Tour-LIV Golf battle. Precisely at the same time, the PGA Tour announced sweeping changes to its global structure and cemented its partnership with the DP World Tour, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Pat Perez were unveiled in Portland, Oregon as new golf scalps of LIV.
But it wasn’t just the intro that made waves, it was the attitude. For weeks, early LIV Golf users (defectors?) have been on the defensive, swerving, obscuring, and completely refusing to comment. Led by a typically grumpy Koepka and a Perez with nothing to lose, however, on Tuesday they went on the offensive.
Who cares that you care, they fired back at reporters. We are here because it is easier. We are here because there is more money.
Some of that sentiment was conveyed in their words, which Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport unpacked at length, but much of it was also, oddly enough, communicated through the universal language of menswear.
It was Perez’s drip (more of a stringer, actually) at the LIV Golf festivities in Portland on Tuesday. If it doesn’t say “show me the money”, we don’t know what is. If that’s not the ruthless troll job of the year, we don’t know what is. After months of being scrapped for acceptance and validity, this was the turning point – the scripted moment when a guy the fans once hated told to fuck him up and becomes the bad guy they have. always wanted it to be. To use the simplest terms possible, they finally got into it.
You may care as little as Koepka and Perez do. And it’s good. These are your judgment calls to make, adult comrade. Agree to disagree as the saying goes. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on – one thing that might still unite us all – it’s this:
It’s a fucking ugly shirt.