Perez Back In Action In Charlotte

Pat Perez is headed to Charlotte this week for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. Perez sat out last week’s event in New Orleans and last played in the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head where he finished T18th, picking up 50.50 FedExCup points and $73,080 on the week.

Double P enters this week 62nd in FedExCup points with 340 on the season and is 69th on the overall money list with $518,889 earned.

Perez has played Quail Hollow several times over the year. He missed the cut at last year’s event but finished T6th in 2011, shooting eleven-under on the week.

In 2008, when it was still the Wachovia Championship, it was a T12th finish and in 2004 Perez was T21st. In the years between a handful of missed cuts.

Since March, Perez has played four events where he went T7th (Tampa Bay Championship), T50th (Arnold Palmer Invitational), T27th (Shell Houston Open) and T18th (RBC Heritage). PP has spent the off weeks working with swing coach Mark Winkley and sports psychologist Chris Dorriss and enters this week healthy and ready to play.

Tune in this week for all the latest from Charlotte.

Perez Gets Some Ink At Golf.com

Some good ink from the folks at Golf.com regarding off-the-course work PGA Tour professional Pat Perez is doing with psychologist Chris Dorris. Click here or read the reprint below:

“After infamous blowups, Pat Perez learning to keep anger in check”

by Coleman McDowell, Golf.com

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Pat Perez easily could have lost control — again.

After ripping his tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 16th at the Harbour Town Golf Links late in the second round of the RBC Heritage on Friday, he could have displayed the anger that’s been associated with him since his rookie season more than 11 years ago.

Instead, facing a six-footer for his double-bogey 6, Perez turned his back to the flagstick while his playing partners putted and surveyed the landscape that had derailed his momentum — four birdies over a seven-hole stretch — and threatened to ruin his round. Appearing to gather his composure with a few moments of quiet time, he made the putt and parred the last two holes for a one-under 70 that left him in a tie for sixth, two shots out of the lead.

The old Pat Perez wouldn’t have handled things that way.

The reason his name conjures up the phrase anger issues dates to Feb. 10, 2002. Perez, then 25 and looking to break through with his first PGA Tour victory, stepped to the 72nd hole of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am with the lead, only to make triple bogey. In the midst of the ensuing eruption, he tried to snap the shaft of a club over his leg.

Some fans haven’t forgotten.

When Perez walked to the 15th green at the Heritage on Friday, he was tied for the lead at six-under par. Fans at the green strained their eyes to see who was walking their way. When Perez, with his long black hair flowing out of his white hat, came into view, one asked, “Who’s that?”

“He’s the one with that temper,” another fan replied quickly.

At least Perez is working on it.

After his round, he spoke of the time he has put in this year with psychologist Chris Dorris. Already this week, Perez has had two opportunities to apply his newfound knowledge.

On Thursday, he was six under through 13 holes when he plopped his second shot into the water at the par-5 5th and made double-bogey. How did the new Pat Perez handle the disappointment?

“I just laughed at it because I couldn’t believe someone could play a hole that badly,” Perez said, “and I did.”

He kept his sense of humor all the way to the clubhouse, even as he played the final four holes in one-over par. He did the same thing after hitting his tee shot out of bounds, sharing a laugh with his caddie, Mike Hartford, before walking into the scoring tent.

“The thing is to always stay on the high and think that you’re playing great,” Perez said. “Everything’s great, nothing’s bad. If I sit up on that tee and piss and moan, it could have been a snowball effect. But that hole is over with, so let’s get to the next tee and try and make [a birdie].”

Perez doesn’t believe he will ever shed the image of having anger issues, but he repeated a mantra surely instilled during his time with Dorris: Only worry about what you can control, and stay focused on the positives.

“To make 13 birdies in two days out here is a really big positive,” said Perez, whose only PGA Tour victory in 301 starts came at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic. “At least I know when I screw up, I can come back and make some birdies. That’s what I’m trying to focus on the most. I would hope by now I would be different 11 years later. But you know what it’s going to take is people seeing me enough and winning, and maybe it will go away. Either way I can’t control what they do. I just try and keep myself in check.”

Perez Opens With 68 At RBC Heritage

An insanely hot start cooled off a bit late, but Pat Perez is still three-under after one at the RBC Heritage and enters Friday’s round in position to surge to the top entering the weekend.

Perez was in fire early, birdying seven of his first eleven holes on Thursday, the lone blemish, a bogey on the par-five fifteenth.

At six-under with seven remaining, a tough run on holes three to seven as Perez bogeyed the par-four third, doubled the par-five fifth and bogeyed the par-three seventh, though he did get one back with a birdie on the par-three fourth.

Regarding the seven on five, Perez opened with a 284-yard drive to the right rough and his second shot sailed left and into the water. After a penalty stroke was assessed, Perez hit a 59-yard shot to the front left green side bunker.

From there a little more grinding before a 7.4-foot putt finally fell and ended the frustration. Still, getting hot early allowed for the late round mishap and kept Perez in good company.

Friday’s tee time is 12:00pm ET and Perez will again tee it up with John Rollins and Justin Hicks. Follow the live leaderboard, PP’s scorecard and ShotTracker here all day.

… It’s Sort-Of Like The Masters

Posted the above pic to my Facebook page last night and getting a lot of questions today. I borrowed the cart from my friend Jay Francis over at Right Toyota here in Scottsdale and I’m using it in this week’s Hackmaster’s Tournament at Sanctuary (now called McDowell Mountain Golf Course).

I’m teaming up with my long-time bud and old Arizona State teammate Darren Angel for this fun little time killer before getting back on the road. Should be a blast!

I Promise You No One Is Listening To This …

http://youtu.be/HKSR-i3CGdc

… another one of those great-awful songs that I am sure no one on the planet is listening to right now. Closing track on “America’s Least Wanted” by Ugly Kid Joe, “Mr. Recordman”. Life.