In the Feb. 21, 2017, edition of his Sirius XM radio show, Perez said of Woods: "The bottom line is, he knows he can’t beat anybody. "But he’s got this new corporation that he started, so he’s got to keep his name relevant to keep the corporation going. He’s going to show up to a few events, he’s going to try to play. He’s gotta go out there and show the Monster Bag, he’s going to show the TaylorMade driver. He’s going to get on TV, he’s got the Nike clothes, he’s gotta keep that stuff relevant."
A few days later, Perez said on social media, and in interviews, that his comments were taken out of context. He told ESPN.com: "I had an opinion on Tiger, and I said it. No one wants to see Tiger come back, compete and win again more than me." He also said that he and Woods traded a few text messages, and that Woods wasn't pleased.
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Dan Jenkins: The legendary SI sportswriter ran afoul of Tiger when he penned a parody interview of Woods for Golf Digest in which “Fake Tiger” talks about how he likes to fire people, his poor tipping, and whether he’d marry then-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn. Real Tiger was not amused, calling Jenkins’ piece a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination.
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Old Man Time: Woods was a wispy 21-year-old when he took over the Tour. That kid grew up (and bulked up) into a thirty-something guy with bad knees and an ailing Achilles, neck and elbow issues and a medical history that includes torn cartilage, sprained ACLs, and a fractured tibia. Woods also missed most of 2016 while recovering from two back surgeries.
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Brandel Chamblee: The Golf Channel’s Chamblee has been a frequent critic of Woods’ swing changes, one time comparing Tiger’s driver to a dead mackerel wrapped in newspaper. However, it was an article Chamblee penned for Golf.com in December, 2013, that drew the worst of Tiger’s ire. In the piece, Chamblee gave Tiger an F for his 2013 despite winning five times because he was “a bit cavalier with the rules.” After the piece was published, Woods’ agent threatened legal action. No lawsuit was ever filed.
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Tom Watson: They look friendly in this picture from the 1996 Skins Game, but there’s a lot of water under the bridge between these two Stanford men. After Woods returned following his sex scandals, Watson said Woods needed to show “humility” and criticized Woods’ on-course profanity. And when Watson was captain of the 2014 Ryder Cup team, he took issue with Woods’ withdrawal from Ryder Cup consideration due to injury. While Woods’ statement made it sound like he had contacted Watson, Watson said he only learned of Woods’ withdrawal after calling Woods.
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The Tabloids: TMZ. The New York Post. Anywhere with a back page, or with paparazzi on speed-dial covered Woods sex scandals, his blue-curtain apology, and his ultimate divorce. The New York Post had Tiger on its cover for 20-straight days during his scandals, which was a longer run of front-page coverage than the Sept. 11 attacks. Today, the microscope remains as focused as ever.
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Stephen Ames: 9&8.
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Stevie Williams: Together for 12 years, Tiger and Stevie won a lot of money -- and broke a lot of cameras -- together. But their 2011 divorce was bitter -- especially for Williams, who proceeded to call his first win with new loop Adam Scott his “most satisfying win ever.” BWilliams kept going at a caddie gala months later, saying of his former boss, "It was my aim to shove it right up that black a------." Then this year, Williams revealed that he always hated that Tiger called him "Stevie."
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Butch Harmon: From 1993 on, they helped put each other on the map. Back in 2000-01, when Woods was coining the phrase “Tiger Slam,” Harmon was the man in his corner. Then, in 2004, Woods began seeking advice from Hank Haney. Harmon said Woods was "in denial" about his game and wild driving.Woods responded, "I don't understand why he would say anything like that, especially when we've been close. He does not know what I'm working on. I don't understand where he is coming from. It doesn't do himself or anyone any good to do that." Of course, Harmon didn’t stop. Instead, he started coaching Phil Mickelson, and in the process he added more kindling to the Tiger-Phil storyline. In 2013, Harmon said that he didn't like being referred to as "Tiger's ex-coach," which is like Benedict complaining about being called ex-pope.
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Sergio Garcia: Remember when El Nino, at 19, dueled a 23-year-old Tiger at the 1999 PGA Championship? “Woods's one-stroke victory ... put an exclamation point on a century of golf and launched a rivalry that should propel the game into a new era,” SI’s Alan Shipnuck wrote back then. That never happened, at least not on the course. Sergio had some early luck in the Ryder Cup. Since then, Tiger’s domination of Garcia has been near complete. But an incident during the third round of the 2013 Players -- and Garcia’s reprisal of a racist Fuzzy Zoeller dud -- brought their feud to the forefront. That tournament ended with Tiger holding the trophy, and Sergio splashing his way to a quad-, double-bogey finish.
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After losing to Woods at the 2007 Wachovia Championship, Rory Sabbatini said, "The funny thing is after watching [Tiger] play on Sunday, I think he's more beatable than ever."
That comment didn't sit well with the world's then-No. 1 player, and when Sabbatini withdrew from Tiger's Target World Challenge later that year, a feud was born.
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Hank Haney: The instructor watched over Tiger for six years. In that time, Tiger won six majors. He also had several surgeries and took one “indefinite hiatus from golf.” Then things fell apart, and Woods bolted for coach Sean Foley after the 2010 Players. In 2013, Haney published a book about his time with Woods called "The Big Miss." Woods took exception to many things in the book, including Haney revealing that Woods wanted to leave golf and join the Navy Seals.
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Christensen Shipyards, Ltd.:
On October 29, 2005, lawyers for Woods filed suit against Christensen Shipyards, claiming the company was improperly using Woods's name and images of his 155-foot yacht, "Privacy," to promote its business.
In May, 2006, the suit was settled for an undisclosed sum, but several reports claimed that Woods received about $1.6 million.
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Phil Mickelson: Publicly, things have been mostly chilly between Woods and his biggest on-course rival, with a couple hot spots during their failed Ryder Cup pairing, and in 2003, when Phil bashed Tiger’s Nike gear. But in recent years, their relationship has improved. Mickelson talked about missing Woods at the 2014 Masters after Woods' back surgery, and Mickelson and Woods now part of a small team that selects captains for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
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Vijay Singh and Paul Tesori:
At the 2000 Presidents Cup, during a match with Woods, Tesori caddied for Singh and wore a hat that read "Tiger Who?" Singh never uttered the phrase, but like a presidential candidate, he approved the message.
"I don't know where he got that hat," Singh said at the time, "but I said, 'Why not?'"
After Tiger defeated Singh, 2 and 1, he was asked about the question on the back of Tesori's hat. Woods responded, "He knows the answer."
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When CBS's Kostis dissected Tiger's swing with the aid of high-speed cameras, Woods was not thrilled with the analysis. Steve Williams began putting Tiger's bag in front of the cameras, and Woods refused to talk on the air with Kostis for several months.
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Tiger Woods sued the Franklin Mint in 1998 after the company created an unauthorized commemorative coin to celebrate his 1997 Masters win. According to the Associated Press, Woods received "a substantial monetary settlement" and a permanent injunction was put into effect that bars the Franklin Mint from using his name and likeness.
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Mike (Fluff) Cowan:
When he started carrying Tiger's bag in 1996, Fluff became a celebrity himself. That didn't please his boss, and Cowan was replaced by Steve Williams in early 1999.
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A young Tiger Woods made mildly sexist and racist jokes in the presence of Charles Pierce, who was writing a cover story about the burgeoning star for GQ. Tiger thought the comments were off the record, but Pierce used them in his story, along with other material about Tiger's father, Earl.
Woods released a statement after the story ran in the April 1997 issue. "It's no secret that I'm 21-years-old and that I'm naive about the motives of certain ambitious writers. The article proves that, and I don't see any reason for anyone to pay $3 to find that out."
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