‘Free agency’ in golf isn’t all Greg Norman dreamed of


“Free agency is finally coming to golf,” Greg Norman proclaimed at LIV Golf’s debut last month.

“I’m so happy that we’ve brought free will into the game of golf,” he said on another occasion.


To hear Pat Perez, one of LIV’s signers, say he was saved from being a contract servant with the PGA Tour – despite earning over $28 million in his career.

“I missed the birth of my son last year. On August 18, I get a call from my wife who is going to give birth. I’m in Jersey. I’m getting ready to start the FedEx playoffs. I’m 116 on the list. I can’t miss it. I can’t go back. I can’t go there and back without spending 150,000,000 on a private flight. I don’t do that. So I had to suck it and I had to miss the birth of my son,” Perez said. “And, you know, luckily I made the cut and progressed in my status playing well, but it still sucks.”

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The only thing is that Perez didn’t have to miss the birth of his son. He chose to play the Northern Trust. He had already completed his Tour card for next season by finishing in the top 125. If he wanted to qualify for the BMW championship the following week (top 70) or the Tour championship (top 30), he should have continued sure because he hadn’t played well enough that season to secure his place. Tour veteran Billy Horschel took issue with what Perez had to say.