Final Round 68 At Shell For Perez

Pat Perez kept the birdie run going and eliminated bogey (for the most part) on Sunday in Houston, grinding out a hard-fought 68 at Redstone. Perez carded five birdies and was playing bogey-free golf until a setback on the par-four seventeenth. Birdies came on three, eight, twelve, fifteen and sixteen.

Perez wraps the week up seven-under, going 72-71-70-68 over four days at the Shell Houston Open and looks to finish in the top twenty-five, depending on how the rest of Easter Sunday wraps up in Houston.

Perez is Scottsdale-bound for two weeks and is slated to return to action mid-April for the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head.

72-71-70 After Three In Houston For Perez

It’s truly been a birdie-fest for Pat Perez in Houston this week at Redstone, but unfortunately the bogeys and doubles have been in the mix, as well.

Perez is three-under entering the final round at the Shell Houston Open, going 72-71-70 over a three-day span. Perez has carded fourteen birdies over fifty-four holes, but five bogeys and three doubles are the difference between T43rd and truly being in the hunt.

Co-leader Bill Hass has eighteen birdies on the week, while Stewart Cink, also entering round four eleven-under, has twelve, yet only one bogey in three rounds, knocking down pars and giving nothing back.

Perez got off to a blazing start on Thursday, starting on ten and three under after nine. From there, a double on two and bogey on four put him back at even, where he finished the day after five straight pars.

Friday’s round began with three straight pars before a bogey on four, but Perez quickly regained composure and birdied three of his next four, putting him at two-under entering the back nine.

Back-to-back bogeys on ten and eleven had Perez even. but a birdie on the par-five fifteenth set him back one-under, where he’d finish the day after parring out.

Round Three had ‘Moving Day’ written all over it as Perez went off with seven birdies, but doubles on three and eighteen were difference-makers. What looked to be a third round 68, went back to 70 after a tough go of it on the par-four eighteenth.

Perez will wrap up the Shell Houston Open on Sunday with a 9:17am local tee time and he’ll be paired with Chris Kirk for the final eighteen.

Double P : F That Means : Money-Mouth

Have never understood this one. How the hell do you put your money where your mouth is? Greenbacks are filthy. Last thing I’m doing is putting cash anywhere near my grill.

‘Planet Caravan’ In Dime’s Homestate

Have always loved Pantera’s cover of “Planet Caravan” by Black Sabbath. Giving Pantera some love on the iPod being in their homestate for this week’s tourney. RIP Dime.

… Still With This Badger Was Real

Hadn’t seen this clip in a while but laugh like hell every time like it’s brand new. Grady The Badger for life. I even bought a stuffed one when they used to sell ‘em online, but no mas. You CAN like the Grady The Badger page on Facebook, like 3,500+ other heroes have.

I Want A Friend Named Reuben …

… just so I can scream “Ruuubby Tuueessddaaay” at him all the time. Gotta love Reuben Feffer misplaying just about everything in “Along Came Polly”. Salsa Javier rules, too. Got to drop some Sanford Lyle clips later this week.

Perez Is Lone Star State-Bound …

Headed to Texas for some back-to-back tourneys. Get to hang with Big Elk this week in Houston for the Shell and then off to San Antonio for Valero.

In honor of the next few weeks in the Lone Star State, let’s get down and dirty with one of the best trios to ever come out of there. ZZ Top and “La Grange” live. Love it.

Double P : Great Words : ‘Gazebo’

GAZEBO. Amazing word. Could’ve easy called it covered patio, another great word, but nowhere near as strong as guh-zee-bow.

T50th Finish At Arnold Palmer Invitational

A Saturday round of 70 had Pat Perez in good position to make a run on Sunday, but a plus-three stretch to close out the final round spoiled what looked to be a strong finish at the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando.

Perez opened the week with a one-under round of 71, but struggled on Friday, carding three doubles and one bogey, though salvaged with three late, timely birdies, who ended the day at 75 and kept Perez one stroke from missing the cut.

A third round 70 was Perez’s best stretch of the week, bogey-free and par-heavy, with birdies on twelve and sixteen, getting him to two-under on the day and back to even on the event. Sunday’s plus-three finish after bogeys on 16, 17 and 18 was the difference between T34th and T50th, where Perez ended the week.

Next up, a return to the Lone Star state, for the Shell Houston Open and next week’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.

Opening Round 71 For Perez At Bay Hill

Pat Perez fired an opening round 71 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Thursday. Perez opened with five straight pars before recording back-to-back birdies on six and seven. After giving a shot back on the par-four eighth, Perez parred nine and was one-under at the turn.

A par on ten was followed by a birdie on the par four eleventh, where Perez dropped an 8’1″ putt in for a three. Back-to-back pars ensued on twelve and thirteen before giving a stroke back after a bogey on the par-three fourteenth.

Perez parred fifteen but took advantage of another par five, set up by a monster 311-yard drive and 193-foot second shot, putting him on the green with a good look at a three. Perez left a potential eagle putt just over a foot short, but quickly dropped it in for birdie.

A par on seventeen was followed by a bogey on eighteen, ending the day at one-under.

Friday’s round is set for 12:10pm ET at Bay Hill. Follow the live leaderboard and PP’s scorecard.