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No, he doesn’t have as many wins as Woods. But he has one at Torrey Pines - against Woods. They grew up competing against each other in the California Interscholastic Federation in high school, and the Pac-10 in college (Perez at Arizona State, Woods at Stanford).

Perez got him at the Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines one year.

“I’ve known him forever. He’s always been great to me. He gives me advice here and there, but to beat him that year was fantastic,” Perez said. “I’ll never let it go. … He’s beat everybody for so many years, I’ve got to hold onto that. That’s about all I got over him. But it hurts him. I’ll tell you, it hurts him.”

Perez was joking, as he often does.

Woods wasn’t quite that jovial after his round, though he was fine. He missed the fairway on three of the par 5s, keeping him from a better chance at birdie. He missed a green with a wedge that led to bogey, made another bogey out of the sand and didn’t have enough birdies to counter.

“Even par is not too bad, but I didn’t play the par 5s worth a darn today,” Woods said. “Obviously, that’s (tantamount) to try to get any kind of scoring on the South Course. You’ve got to take care of the par 5s because there’s not a lot of holes you can make birdie here. Subsequently, I didn’t finish under par.”

Woods and Perez head to the North on Friday, and Woods will have to make up more ground that he would have wanted - but not that much. In 2006, he opened with a 71 on the North and was six shots behind, and he wound up winning in a playoff.

Perez hasn’t won at Torrey since that Junior World title over Woods.