The war of words between pro golfers Tiger Woods and Pat Perez now involves one player’s wife and a wildly shocking Instagram comment.
The whole thing started when Woods criticized the LIV Golf tour back in July. The golf legend said that those who left the PGA Tour for the upstart league “turned their back on what has allowed them to get to this position.” He also criticized the notion that LIV players don’t have much incentive to work hard because so much of the money is guaranteed no matter how they play.
“What these players are doing for guaranteed money, what is the incentive to practice?” Woods said at the time. “What is the incentive to go out there and earn it in the dirt? You’re just getting paid a lot of money upfront and playing a few events and playing 54 holes. They’re playing blaring music and have all these atmospheres that are different.”
“That’s the stupidest s— I have ever heard in my life,” said Perez. “That’s one of the stupidest things I think he has said. The incentive is the fact that last place is $120,000. First place is four million. You cannot win four million on the PGA Tour.”
Now, Perez’s wife, Ashley, has taken a pretty brutal shot at Woods herself. Instagram account @golfballing posted a video clip of Woods talking about how he had to miss last week’s Hero World Challenge because he’d developed plantar fasciitis in his right foot. In the clip, Woods says “I don’t have much left” and many golf fans have expressed their support for him.
Not Ashley Perez, however, who commented “literally why driving under the influence is ILLEGAL. I don’t feel bad for him. Thank god he didn’t kill anyone. See ya.”
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) December 5, 2022
The disturbing comment came in reference to the single-car crash in February 2021 that almost cost Woods his leg and forced him to miss most of the golf tournaments in the almost two years since. Woods was “not drunk” during the crash, according to police, though an empty, unlabeled pill bottle had been found at the scene.
Pat Perez finished the first season of LIV Golf with $8 million in earnings after an average finish of 32nd place.