‘That’s the dumbest s*** I’ve ever heard’: Tiger Woods is criticized by Pat Perez for doubting the incentive to join LIV Golf as he calls out PGA Tour loyalist for ‘post-college $ 40 million deal’ and ‘flying on the Nike jet’
LIV Golf’s Pat Perez has a swipe at Tiger Woods after questioning the incentive for fellow professionals to move from the PGA Tour.
The 15-time Major winner turned down the megabucks from the Saudi-backed series and rejected a $700-$800 million deal because he questioned the motives behind players switching from the traditional circuit.
The leading group has dominated the headlines for the lucrative contracts involved and the money guarantee for players wherever they finish in leagues.
He said in July: ‘I don’t understand. What are these players doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice? What’s the incentive to go out and earn it in the mud?
“You just get a lot of money up front and play a few events and play 54 holes.
‘They play shrill music. I understand 54 holes for the Senior Tour. The boys are older and a little more confused. When you’re young, that includes 72-hole tests. We used to have 36-hole majors playoffs.
LIV Golf’s Pat Perez (R) takes a swipe at Tiger Woods (L) after criticizing the breakaway event
‘I just don’t see how this is positive in the long term. It would be sad to see some of these young children never get the chance to walk this sacred ground and play in these majors.”
Perez, who last month joined Dustin Johnson’s all-American team to win the LIV Golf’s end-of-season team championship at Trump National in Miami, has hit back at compatriot Woods.
“That’s the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard of in my life,” Perez told the Son of a Butch podcast.
“That’s one of the dumbest things I think he’s said. The incentive is the fact that the last place is 120,000, and the first place is four million. You can’t win four million on the PGA Tour.
Woods and Perez chat during a pre-season practice round ahead of the 2020 PGA Championship in California
‘Now, maybe next year; they finally got the benefits. But last I checked, he signed a $40 million deal, right before college, he flew the Nike jet. He found an incentive. He could have shut it down right away.
“He had many guarantees. You know what, and he was the prettiest. He made so much money from the course that he found an incentive to go.
“But again, he only played how many tournaments. He didn’t go – I never saw him at John Deere, never saw him support all these events. He played in the majors, he played in the WGCs and that was it. He played Torrey. Never played Riv [Riviera].
Perez was part of Dustin Johnson’s all-American team to win the final of LIV Golf in Miami
“But he’s worth every penny. In fact, like I said, he’s two billion less than where he should be, I think.”
Perez signed a four-year deal to compete in LIV Golf ahead of the Portland event in late June.
“I don’t have any bad feelings towards the PGA Tour or any of the players. I’m 100 percent a LIV guy,” he said.
‘I’m going to play for them. But I don’t feel the need to go after the PGA Tour. They have given me a wonderful opportunity for 21 years.
“I have nothing against them, no resentment towards anyone. I earned everything I got, don’t get me wrong.’
Perez is a three-time winner of the PGA Tour, earning more than $28 million during his career.
Woods will return to golf next month at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, having last appeared at The Open this summer.