Mike Lorenzo-Vera blew up the LIV Golf Invitational series. Now he’s going after one of his biggest names.
Over two tweets and an Instagram post this week, the longtime DP World Tour pro ripped Patrick Reed over a bunker incident during the 2019 Hero World Challenge, with comments arriving just under two months ago. that Lorenzo-Vera asked why the players would play for the controversial, Saudi-backed Serie LIV. Reed’s account responded by blocking the Frenchman.
“Does this code work if I want to buy a shovel??? @PReedGolf???”
The dig was a clear reference to the incident at Reed’s Hero, where he twice brushed the sand behind his ball during practice drills before ultimately being penalised. About three hours after his tweet, Lorenzo-Vera shared Reed’s account had blocked him.
“Well… that was fast… Bye Bye Cheat!!!” he wrote.
Lorenzo-Vera had not finished. Two days later, he shared on his Instagram Stories a graph that this week’s LIV broadcast had used to show players’ skill levels, only that graph had been edited to add “cheating.”
“@preedgolf has great stats!!!” wrote Lorenzo-Vera, who is also playing the Irish Open this week.
This all comes after the pro shared his thoughts on the Saudi-backed series back in May. So he wrote“WTF is going on in the heads of some players ???? Not enough [money emoji] on the @PGATOUR??? Not well organized? Wrong schedule? Bad lesson? bad song [sp]? Before the LIV, it looks like they were happy! INGRATITUDE!!!! It’s the only word that comes to mind. #education”
This tweet, along with his responses to comments, appeared to be in response to an incident involving Sergio Garcia at the Wells Fargo Championship. There, during the first round, Garcia was told by an official that he had found a lost ball after the allotted three minutes, to which the Spaniard replied: “I can’t wait to leave this Tour. I can’t wait to get out of here, my friend. And Garcia kept his word by joining the upstart series.
Lorenzo-Vera earned more than $5.5 million on the former European tour, and notably, he was tied for second place halfway through the 2020 PGA Championship. His comments towards the Saudi league weren’t neither his first, as he shared a 3 minute 40 second video on Instagram in February, where he suggested that those who play in the league donate their money to charity.
“Hello everyone. I’m making this video because there’s something I don’t really like about what’s going on with the Saudi league right now, and I’d like to have my voice heard on my social network,” he said in the video. “So I’m speaking in English because I hope this message goes a little beyond the borders of France. I’m going to explain to you what went through my head last week. I spoke with my agent from the Saudi league, and it was kind of like, well, imagine, man, if I play better and can get into this league, that’s a huge amount of money. money that you can win. And it’s like a lottery ticket for the family, and it’s fantastic and all that, OK.
“And the week after, it’s crazy. I was in the players’ lounge during the tournament and the BBC was on TV, and there was a documentary about what is happening in Yemen. And I saw the children, a lot of children dying from lack of food and so thin and so sad and I mean… It’s just insane, the situation there. And I’m not a journalist, a war reporter. I don’t understand everything, but what I was able to understand from this comment is that Saudi Arabia is involved and… It’s strange to watch that. So maybe I don’t understand everything but as we say in France, there is no smoke without fire.
“And I would like to speak to the guys who have signed for the league and this message. Maybe you could use that money, not all of it, but a good portion of it, to donate to charities for children in Yemen to bring them food. It would be quite interesting. And at least I would. That’s for sure. And I know I’m not in that situation and it sounds like maybe jealous or whatever, but I think sometimes we have to come down to earth a little bit.
“And I’ve seen Andrew Coltart’s comments and I think he’s 100% right – sometimes we lose reality and I’ve done the same sometimes; listen, I played twice in Arabia. And the more time passes, the more I feel uncomfortable and you just have to remember where you come from sometimes. Like the European Tour, the PGA Tour has been there for us and we can thank them. I think walking away from them just for the money is kinda weird. And this money is even stranger.
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