Pat Perez made headlines on Thursday for comments he made on his SiriusXM PGA Tour show, "Out of Bounds," saying Tiger Woods knows "he can't beat anybody" on Tuesday.
As the news of Perez's comments proliferated, Woods fans and other critics wanted to give their spirited feedback to the two-time PGA Tour winner. Many turned to Twitter to speak their mind as Perez had spoken his. There was just one problem: Pat Perez had deleted his Twitter account earlier in the week.
Perez had ditched his Twitter handle, @PatPerezGolf, on Monday, according to "Out of Bounds" co-host Michael Collins.
You wanna be taken seriously like media? Then be honest in your tweets. Pat deleted his Twitter account before the show Tuesday, not after. https://t.co/GlmowW3V0l
— Michael Collins (@ESPNCaddie) February 24, 2017
The OHL Classic winner came under fire on Sunday at the Genesis Open when he hit a spectator with a poor drive without yelling "Fore!" to indicate to marshals and fans downhole that an errant shot would be coming their way.
But back to Perez's comments on Woods. The most quotable parts of what Perez said were reported, but Perez had a longer response that includes his hope that Woods does have a successful comeback.
“He knows it,” Perez said on “Out of Bounds.” “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! I told you!
“He’s not going to come out and play, and play poorly. I said this how many months ago? He’s not going to do it for a long time.”
Perez said he believes Woods may walk away from golf if he's unable to compete at Augusta National. That's not an opinion uniquely held. However, Perez seems to not have recoiled from public response because of these comments, rather how things were handled inside the ropes at Riviera.