Going back to the Escalade-meets-fire hydrant thingy back in Nov 2009, Tiger's game has been flat-out awful a lot more often than it's been reasonably good. Just when you thought he'd finally hit rockbottom with his game, he would turn into a fledgling 15 handicap and find a new low. With exception of one season, this has pretty much representative of his career post 2009.
While all of the newspaper articles, online sports columns, talk shows on Golf Channel, etc. were taken aback at the deteriorating state of Tiger's game, with plenty of evidence to support why many of them thought he was pretty much finished as a competitive golfer.... they would occasionally interview Jack Nicklaus.
Now maybe Nicklaus, deep down, sincerely didn't believe in his heart of hearts that Tiger would ever match his 18-majors record. But not once, not ever, did he ever say anything remotely indicative of that, if that's how he truly felt. "Are you kidding? Of course he can! He's nowhere near finished, he's got a lot of great golf ahead of him," he would most always say.
Over and over he would be asked, and usually the question would come on the heels of another "new low" that Tiger had just experienced. And over and over Jack wouldn't budge. "He's got too much drive and too much talent to write him off, it's just foolish."
It's not that Pat Perez isn't entitled his opinion, or wrong in his opinion for that matter. It's just that he lacks class.