LIV Golf ace who entered free agency manages to secure team for 2024 after U-turn

Pat Perez was one of a number of LIV Golf stars dumped into the world of free agency in the offseason, but the American has been recalled by Dustin Johnson to represent the 4Aces

LIV Golf star Pat Perez has been re-signed by Dustin Johnson’s 4Aces, in the latest switch in the breakaway circuit’s offseason transfer window.

LIV have entered a new unknown in the past month, after the opening of their first-ever transfer window – which is taking place in three stages. The latest step has seen a number of its playing members whose deals with the Saudi-backed league had expired enter ‘free agency’.

One of those was three-time PGA Tour winner Perez, but the 47-year-old’s future is now officially secure after being re-called by the 4Aces and his former world No. 1 captain Johnson.

Perez spent his first two seasons with the Saudi-backed series playing for the 4Aces and helped secure his team the inaugural LIV Team Championship in 2022. 12 months later, Johnson’s four-man setup headed to Miami in the perfect spot to defend their title, having led the 2023 team standings following the end of the regular season.

They were unable to make it back-to-back at Trump Doral, though, as they placed fourth in the championship match, losing to Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers. Perez had a better season overall even though he ended up in the Open Zone of the breakaway league. After having a difficult year in 2022, the American finished the year in the standings with three top 10 finishes from 13 events.

One of those came in July at LIV London during the 4Aces’ two 2023 victories, and the 47-year-old said he was happy to help his team. At Centurion in the summer, he declared, “We want to win every week.” We are a very strong team.

“We have players who are consistently going to perform well. It’s been gratifying for me to be able to improve myself enough this year to actually help and contribute for once. I did nothing last year, which is kind of bad. I’ve worked hard to try to help a lot and contribute, knowing going into the season that I had to be a better player than I was.

“I’m really happy with team wins, and it’s nice to kind of separate ourselves again,” the player said. “The wins feel a little sweeter to me this year than last year.” With Perez’s 4Aces recall, the 48-man roster for 2024 is almost completely reduced to just nine spots.

The third round of LIV’s offseason transfer window will take three spots at the Abu Dhabi Q-School event next month. Many aspirants will travel to the Middle East to participate in a three-day, 72-hole competition, where the top three finishers will be awarded spots on the breakaway league.

Additionally, the winner of the International Series on the Asian Tour will claim a spot, which has been secured by former LIV star Andy Ogletree. The U.S. Amateur champion Ogletree will have the opportunity to establish himself over the course of a full season next year, as he was dropped from the LIV roster after just one event in 2022.

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