PGA pro Pat Perez rips Tiger Woods: He ‘knows he can’t beat anybody’

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Pat Perez plays his shot from the second tee during the final round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Pat Perez plays his shot from the second tee during the final round at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 19, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

PGA Tour winner Pat Perez is paid to give his candid thoughts.

He earned his money this week while holding nothing back on the present and future of Tiger Woods on the “Out of Bounds” show Perez co-hosts with ESPN’s Michael Collins on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

“(Tiger) knows he can’t beat anybody,” Perez said. “He knows it. The guy shot 77 [in the first round in Dubai]. That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? ‘Ah, my back’s gone.’ He knows he can’t beat anybody.”

Woods, who had two back surgeries and a follow-up procedure between April 2014 and October 2015, laid out an ambitious start to his year. He planned to make four starts in five weeks, but he will only have played three of those possible 16 rounds.

The rough start in Dubai referenced by Perez led to an early withdrawal by Woods, who cited back spasms as the reason. He said the ailment made doctors advise him to skip both the Genesis Open and The Honda Classic, which is currently taking place at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

Perez said he thinks there is more to it.

“He’s not going to come out and play, and play poorly,” Perez said.

Woods has not updated his future plans and schedule.

Perez thinks whether Woods plays the Masters could signal what — if anything — the future holds.

“If he doesn’t play Augusta, it’s over!” Perez said. “Personally, I don’t think you’ll see him again this year.”

Perez, whose comments have understandably caused a stir, has since tried to clarify his take.

“My whole point that he can’t beat anyone is that he only shows up to tournaments when he thinks he can win,” Perez told Golf Digest. “So he must be hurt still if he’s playing poorly and pulling out of tournaments. It probably sounded harsh the way it came out, but what I meant by that is he is probably still hurt.”

Perez said he has exchanged text messages with Woods, who wasn’t pleased but said he is entitled to his opinion.