Doused in champagne, arms aloft, and suddenly $8 million (A$12.5m) richer, Pat Perez couldn’t hide his smugness if he tried on Sunday.
The perennial odd-man-out didn’t do much in the most lucrative year of his long professional career.
With his career cooling down after years of irrelevance on the PGA Tour, the 46-year-old joined a rebel circuit, played 21 rounds of golf — poorly for the most part — and still earnt the biggest payday of his life.
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Vindication oozed out of every pore in his body as he provided arguably the single-most fitting quote for LIV Golf in 2022.
“All the push-back, all the negative comments, everything we’ve gotten, at this point I really don’t care,” Perez said.
“I mean, I don’t care. I’m paid. I don’t give a damn.”