Perez on Woods: 'No one was soliciting advice'


As thick fog enveloped Torrey Pines Wednesday morning, Tiger Woods passed the time by chipping balls on the range surrounded by a handful of onlookers.

Among that group were Pat Perez and Billy Horschel, along with Woods' new swing coach Chris Como, and Woods appeared to be gleaning advice from his fellow pros as he looks to break out of his short-game slump. According to Perez, though, the pictures and video failed to accurately depict the situation.

"Let's clear up this whole false narrative the media has been pumping out all day based on a few images," Perez wrote on Facebook. "Today's fog delay and range time was nothing more that (sic) a few veterans and a handful of new guys talking golf, life and Instagram superstars."

Perez is two months younger than Woods, and the two grew up playing against each other in junior tournaments in Southern California. Perez went to high school at Torrey Pines High, just down the road from this week's Farmers Insurance Open, and his father Tony still introduces players on the first tee during the event.

"No one was soliciting advice, and all swing talk was relegated to PP's super-long swing back in 1993 when he and The Big Cat wet (sic) toe-to-toe at Torrey Pines for Junior World," he continued. "In some cases a picture may tell a thousand words. In this case, don't believe the hype."