Pat Perez and Tiger Woods have a relationship that extends back to their days playing junior golf in California together. Both were studs coming up, and Perez has had a solid, if not unspectacular, career as a pro. He has made just shy of $20 million in 385 career events. I’d say that’s pretty good.
Not Tiger Woods good, but it is still a hell of a living.
On Thursday, Perez went in on the Tiger comeback narrative on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.
“He’s the biggest name in the game,” said Perez. “He is the needle-mover. He is the needle. He is everything in the game today still until he walks away, he is always going to be the name. He is the game of golf as we know it today.”
Yes. We agree. Then Perez lights him up a little bit.
“…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 bottom line is he knows he can’t beat anybody. He knows it … the guy shot 77. That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? ‘Oh, my back’s gone.’ He knows he can’t beat anybody! I told you! He’s not gonna come out and play poorly.”
Perez went on to say “it’s over” if Tiger doesn’t play Augusta in April.
Perez will get crushed for these comments because there is no more crushing crowd than the legions of Woods’ worshippers worldwide. And yeah, maybe he should not have said what he said -- you’re only asking for trouble really. But here’s the point that everyone will miss and that lingers even beyond the fallout from this quote.
Pat Perez, even though he maybe did not frame this the way he should have, is not wrong.