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Pat Perez on Tiger Woods: “He knows he can’t beat anybody”

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Pat Perez, a two-time PGA Tour winner (2009, 2016), went on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Thursday and dished out some opinions that Team Tiger is NOT going to like.

After briefly praising Tiger Woods on the radio show for being “a needle mover, he is the needle” in golf, he proceeded to say Woods shows up to events for his sponsors and TV time but that “he can’t beat anybody.”

“…he’s got this new corporation he started so he has to keep his name relevant to keep the corporation going,” Perez said. “So he’s going to show up to a few events, he’s going to try to play.., he’s going to show the Monster bag, he’s going to show the TaylorMade driver, he’s gonna get on TV. He’s got the Nike clothes; he’s gotta keep that stuff relevant, but the bottomline is he knows he cant beat anybody. He knows it… I mean he shot 77. That guy cant shoot 77. What does he do the next day? Aw my backs gone. He knows he cant beat anybody! I told you! He’s not gonna come out and play poorly.”

Harsh words from Perez, who once played junior golf with Woods. He also went on to say that if Woods doesn’t play in the Masters that he’s likely done playing golf for the year.

When asked if he was going to play at Augusta, Perez said, “If he doesn’t play Augusta then it’s over… it’s not like he has his favorite major courses after Augusta.”

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Will we see Tiger Woods play again this year? If you ask Pat Perez, the answer is “no.”

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team while earning a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Fat Perez

    Feb 24, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I’d like to retract. What I meant was……………

  2. Tazz2293

    Feb 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Looks like Pat Perez hit a nerve.

    Eldrick is kaput. Finished! Done!

    Get over it sycophants

  3. Dave R

    Feb 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    More fake news.

  4. Swingblade

    Feb 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    This is the same thing that Arnold & Jack said about Tiger last year. Oh, wait a minute. They didn’t. They always exhibited class, unlike a few on the Tours.

    • birdie

      Feb 24, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      would be nice if the media would give us the complete context instead of snippets. this is definition of a manufactured story for clicks and you are the gullible one believing it unbeknownst to the full context or interview.

      fakenews

      media and journalism continues its circling of the drain.

      • Swingblade

        Feb 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        I for one do not believe that GolfWRX engages in any kind of “fake news” agenda. In this particular case it is quite simple to click on the provided interview link and listen to Perez’s own words being spoken by him without any editing that I can detect. If you agree with Perez, just say say so. That is certainly your right and might add to the discussions herein. But attacking and demeaning other posters and GolfWRX itself is unproductive, disrespectful, and illogical.

  5. Ricardo G. McCray

    Feb 24, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Pat the cry baby please hears a good bed time story wipe your eyes, wipe your ass and act like you have a pair. Take your dress off get a hair cut and be a man maybe enlist in the service…

  6. James Chapman

    Feb 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

    It’s not so much what he said, but how he said it! It sounded like there was a contempt in his voice! It was real brave on radio. It’s sad when the haters start drama or jump on the band wagon. It would not have been as bad to have said it, in a different tone, but not with the contempt that it carried, especially from a player with his record, versus a player of Tigers history.

  7. setter02

    Feb 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    It’s ok, Pat is just trying to make Tiger’s value lower so PXG can sign him and make him relevant again. I mean they are the best performing clubs ever made right and can cure anything!? They likely even come with some IHOP vouchers!

  8. Dan

    Feb 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I may agree but, to say it that way was wrong. He may not win again but, he is the best of his time by miles. He played the game like nobody else. He can’t stop age or his body breaking down no matter how he tries. I think he has matured and is handling it very well. He does show up and he is showing his inner self. He is smiling and signing autographs and taking pictures. To me that takes a big man to do it especially with what he going through. I would like to add that I’ve never been a big Tiger fan so, I’m not just talking him up.

  9. Jose Pinatas

    Feb 24, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Look, the game needs to continue to change. We can’t keep living on the coat tails of Jack, Arnie, and Tiger. That won’t grow the game anymore that it already has. They have already brought the people to the game that their gonna bring. I appreciate what they did for the game and what those ambassadors are continuing to do… Double P is far more acquainted with El Tigre than most of us… The comments were made on Pat’s own radio show on sirus xm.. It’s his show… He can say what he wants, he’s a grown man. However there are concenquences when you say things. Maybe we should ask Tiger how he feels, although he might not want to comment because of their relationship, or his respect for Pat, or just because his personality is different. This is just an example how Pat sees things. I have huge respect and admiration for Tiger for what he’s done for himself and the tour and so does Pat. However I get where Double P is coming from. Once a great amateur boxer, a man who’ll let you know how he feels, rockin the mullet, sporting William Murray Golf, and just being a super cool dude…. Golf needs more guys like this now more than ever…..

    • Gung Ho

      Feb 26, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I guess any clown can have his own radio show now…

  10. The dude

    Feb 24, 2017 at 10:40 am

    …..guy finally makes a few cuts….now he has the mic????

    • birdie

      Feb 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      the guy is a multiple winner on the pga tour and has had a 20 year career….i’d say he’s more than qualified to take the mic

      • Forsbrand

        Feb 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Multiple winner on the Playstation maybe. I guess anything of two or more wins could be considered multiple, but it is just two wins Perez has.

        I would give him a multiple prize of the worst barnet on tour, I mean the guy has the most horrendous haircut ever I can’t even call it a style!

  11. birdie

    Feb 24, 2017 at 10:32 am

    oh look….another wrx clickbait article.

    yet again they post a fraction of what was actually said to entice readers and have a flashy headline. would be nice to get the entire interview for a little….context.

    media and journalism is circling the drain. its catchy headlines and clickbait articles with half truths. go get the full interview and read or listen to everything that was said.

  12. Mike

    Feb 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Match Play between Woods and Perez!

  13. Bon Jovi

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Pat Perez might be speaking some semblance of truth, but you just don’t say these things publicly, not when you’re a nobody and you’re talking about the greatest to ever tee it up, the man who made golf what it is today. You bow your head when he walks past you, and you be grateful for his existence, you don’t publicly clown him.

    Don’t be so disrespectful Pat.

  14. JTR

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Pat is right on!!! Tiger is done, is toast!!

  15. Tom C

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Good lord.. Golf Digest must be owned by CNN. This WAS out of context. Pat was talking about Tiger playing while he’s hurt, before he’s ready. No where did he ever say that Tiger will never play competitively again. Nowhere did he say that this is the permanent situation for Woods.

    Pat was talking about Woods’ situation NOW. Not the outlook, not the past, future, etc.. He’s talking about what is happening with him today and this season, and if you can’t tell that he’s right, I’m not sure what to say.

  16. Karl

    Feb 24, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I had to vote SHANK!

    You took his words completely out of context and I was dumb enough to click the click bait email you just sent.

  17. Dat

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:54 am

    quote the whole thing. Perez sounds stupid here because you took this out of context.

  18. Jack Nash

    Feb 24, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I’m sure the next article will contain the phrase “taken out of context”. Even though Perez is closer to the truth than most want to believe. 80 wins 14 Majors, that was then this is now, and now seems like done.

  19. Winmac

    Feb 24, 2017 at 2:39 am

    No reason to said it like that. Just shaking off some rusts. That’s it. We are all dissapointed. Let’s hope that he’ll be back for the sake of golf which without him, will just go down the road of badminton or rugby.

    • Aren

      Feb 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Rugby, really. Be nice now, we like our blood sports this side of the pond

  20. COGolfer

    Feb 23, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    The worst part about golf is seeing an overweight, out of shape person hit the ball that well. Throw in some hilarious comments, it makes it tough to respect him.

    • ooffa

      Feb 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Body shaming, really your being a jerk.

      • Dat

        Feb 24, 2017 at 8:53 am

        Body shaming works.

      • Grammar Police

        Feb 24, 2017 at 8:55 am

        Body “shamming”, really? “You’re” being a jerk!

        Fixed it for you!

  21. Sean

    Feb 23, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    This is a bit disingenuous. Prior to that statement Pat was singing TW’s praises to the high heavens.

    • DJ

      Feb 24, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Yeah this seems out of context…

    • Tom

      Feb 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Well, he started out trying to say all the right things, but a career dating back to his junior years losing to Tiger finally get the better of him so he decided to seize the opportunity to kick Tiger when he’s down. Perez is playing the part of one of Shakespeare’s characters – and not one of the more admired ones.

    • birdie

      Feb 24, 2017 at 10:34 am

      media and journalism is circling the drain.

  22. square

    Feb 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t normally write my comments, but I truly hope Woods gets healthy and torches this guys arse during any given round in any tournament. I thought Perez was a jerk….just confirmed it.

  23. cgasucks

    Feb 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Perez is right….he could’ve been a bit less harsh about it…but he’s right..

  24. ooffa

    Feb 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I don’t understand the problem. Everything he said was true. Deal with it Tiger fans and stop your moaning.

  25. Brad

    Feb 23, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Listen to the actual audio. He didn’t bury Tiger at all. Just that he’s hurt and trying to play. Lot’s of click bait on these articles. I don’t think he was knocking Tiger at all.

  26. moses

    Feb 23, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Saying something like that to Tiger is like telling Michael Jordan to go away when he was 40ish.
    It was a low class thing to say.

  27. FakeNews

    Feb 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Pat Who?

  28. Kevin B

    Feb 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Pat has 4 professional wins on tour, in 20 years. He has a point, but to publicly state this is foolish coming from a journeyman who really hasnt done much on tour.

    • Kevin B

      Feb 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      No, I’d still consider him a journeyman. 20 years for 4 wins. He has a ton of DNP’s and missed cuts on the major tours, and when he did finish his best was T6 in 2005 which was 12 years ago. Granted he did win the OHL in 2016, but before that the last victory he had was in 2009.

      • Guia

        Feb 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm

        Perez has been a known commodity for a number of years, a quality golfer who has maintained his card.

        There are many PGA pro’s that can’t keep their card and any number who have never won and never will. He is far from a journeyman.

        I don’t think he was being critical of Tiger, just stating his opinion. It is probably very close to the truth.

      • birdie

        Feb 24, 2017 at 10:35 am

        the fact that he kept his card for that many years with so few wins actually speaks more to his consistency and good play. 20 years on tour…..thats d* good. now get back to fixing your slice.

  29. JGOLF

    Feb 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Tiger is my favorite golfer of all time, and I get excited every time he comes back. I am always hoping that he will dominate when he makes a comeback. However, it’s hard to say this, but Pat is probably right, and you can’t hate on someone for stating the truth, or saying it the way he sees it.

  30. JustWellsy

    Feb 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Pat is simply saying what every other tour player thinks, but is afraid to say… period

  31. Philip

    Feb 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    The only harshness is how this article twists what was said in the interview and the slanted reporting to generate hits (the sales needle today). There are few people who could get to the top like Tiger and still be able to handle being in front of an audience playing, most likely, worse than when he was in his teens. Jack and Gary eventually couldn’t compete in the professional tours, but still could smoke most of us going even their 60s and 70’s. Heck, I know people who were never less than a 12 handicap that just could not handle that they could no longer break a 20 handicap as they got older and walked away form golf. How much harder must it be at the level of one of the best golfers ever to walk the fairways.

  32. Tony Lynam

    Feb 23, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Pat who?

  33. Jayme

    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    . . . . . ..Perez has a point, but he should not put Woods on blast like that as IF Perez’s career rivals Tiger’s
    ALSO Woods has made all of these guys VERY rich since he emergence on tour. . . .show some respect at least !!!

  34. Brad T

    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    cant yell fore but wants everybody to listen to him…although he is right.

  35. ChiliDip

    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    People can have opinions, who cares what he said… Tiger is a clock running out of battery…

  36. 4right

    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    All’s fair in love and golf!!!

  37. BunkieBill

    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    What, nothing to see here folks. Sounds like he’s on point with his observations. Keep it moving people, the line is stacking up.

  38. Randy

    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Same guy that says, that’s not a mullet! Who cares what he thinks!

  39. Dillon A Botich

    Feb 23, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    As much as we would all love to see Tiger out there again, this couldn’t be closer to the truth.

  40. Andy P

    Feb 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Hard to argue with the guy but some things are better left unsaid. Especially when you’re a journeyman tour pro who has made millions thanks to Tiger’s popularity skyrocketing the purses on tour.

    • gunmetal

      Feb 23, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Pat’s got a great radio show on Sirius PGA Tour Radio so he’s paid to offer his opinion. It’s actually one of the best spots on the PGA Tour Radio.

      There’s no doubt that Pat appreciates Tiger and he even acknowledged as much by saying “he IS the needle” but he also calls it like he sees it which is the main reason his show is so good.

      • COGolfer

        Feb 23, 2017 at 10:46 pm

        He’s the modern day Daly. I’d guess he pretends to be the every man with his sweet mullet, but is quite out of touch with reality. He’s a journeyman, as everyone else has noted. He’s also an arrogant individual who is difficult to understand.

  41. matzi

    Feb 23, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I mean he’s pretty much spot on. Regardless of history between them, its true. I’m not huge into Tiger but I would like him to be able to retire without looking like a joke on the course. Bahamas was good for him, I think he made the most birdies out of anyone but Pat Perez is right, he isn’t beating anybody. He’ll say he’s playing they’ll show his range session, practice green and every shot on the course bad or not because he gets viewers.

  42. Joe

    Feb 23, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    autocorrect to blame for your grammar mishaps?

  43. Steve

    Feb 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Well, at least Tiger isn’t afraid to yell fore when he puts a ball into the gallery…

  44. Silky Johnson

    Feb 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Ah yes, high school level drama on golf’s biggest tour. Pathetic. I would rather read about Michelle Wie shopping for new putters.

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