LIV Golf Competitor Pat Perez has hit back at Tiger Woods over critical remarks the legendary PGA Tour player made about the rival Saudi-backed series in July.
Before the Open Championship in July, Woods challenged with players leaving the PGA Tour with the option of never playing in a major championship and taking the money offered by LIV.
“But what are these players doing for guaranteed money, what motivates them to practice?” Woods said at the time. “What makes you go out there and win it in the mud? You just get paid a lot of money up front and play a few events and play 54 holes.”
Perez, who was part of the 4Aces LIV golf team that won a share of the $16 million for winning the tag team tournament at Trump Doral last month, appeared on the Podcast “Son of Butch” and in a recent episode, he dismissed Woods’ remarks.
“This is the dumbest shit I’ve ever heard of in my life,” he said. “That’s one of the dumbest things he’s ever said. The incentive is the fact that last place is 120,000, first place is four million. You can’t make four million on the PGA Tour. Now next year you might; they finally got the benefits. But last I checked he signed a $40 million contract right out of college, was flying on the Nike jet. He found an incentive. He could have stopped it right away.
Claude Harmon III, the podcast host and Perez’s swing coach, said Woods had an ‘incentive’ play in tournaments regardless of how much money he was going to win anyway.
Perez added: “”He had a lot of guarantees. You know what, and he was the hottest. He made so much money on the course that he found motivation to go. But again, he only played how many tournaments. He hasn’t been there – I’ve never seen him at John Deere, I’ve never seen him supporting any of these events. He played in the majors, he played in the WGC and that’s it. He played Torrey. Never played at Riv [Riviera]. But it’s worth every penny. In fact, as I said, it’s two billion short of where it should be, I think.”
Perez, 46, played on the PGA Tour for a while before moving to LIV Golf. He had three PGA Tour victories and had his best finish at a major event in the 2005 PGA Championship when he finished tied for sixth.
His 4Aces team included Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch and Patrick Reed. Johnson won 14% of the $255 million in scholarships in 2022.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.