Wednesday 25 April 2018

Tiger Woods 'knows he can't beat anybody' and is only playing to 'keep his corporation going', says fellow pro

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

James Corrigan

Tiger Woods has been accused by a fellow PGA Tour professional of only playing “to keep his corporation going” and of knowing that “he can’t beat anyone”.

Pat Perez has broken the Woods omerta which has long existed on the ranges and ripped into the 14-time major winner and his motivation for his faltering comeback.

After an 18-month absence due to multiple back surgeries, Woods’s return last only three rounds before he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this morning after an opening 77, citing “back spasms”. But Perez, the world No 67, poured scorn on his countryman’s claims.

“He knows he can’t beat anybody,” Perez told SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. “He’s got this new corporation he started so he has to keep his name relevant to keep the corporation going.

“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. He shot 77! That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? ‘Aw my backs gone.’ He knows he can’t beat anybody!” “Personally, I don’t think you’ll see him again this year. The guy can’t show up to an interview!"

The last point referred to Woods cancelling a press conference at last week’s LA Open and explaining that he was acting under doctor’s orders. Woods’s manager, Mark Steinberg, has insisted that his client is still intent on playing at the Masters in April and will return to the fairways as soon as his condition is under control.

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