Perez Opens With 67 On Torrey South

Pat Perez has long stated a win at Torrey Pines would be considered a “fifth major” in his book. If the San Diego native keeps up Thursday’s pace of play, the thirteen-year pro will be standing in Sunday’s winner’s circle.

Perez fired an opening round 67 on the brutal South Course on Thursday, putting together a bogey-free round at the Farmers Insurance Open. Perez started the day with a birdie on the par-four tenth and parred five straight before picking up another birdie on the par-three sixteenth.

From there Perez remained consistent and quiet, picking up six more pars before a three-hole stretch that defined the round.

Perez birdied three straight—the par-four fifth, par-five sixth and par-four seventh—putting him at five under on the day. Back-to-back pars on eight and nine closed out a spectacular round and as of late Thursday gave Perez the day’s best effort on the more difficult course.

Next up for Perez, a shot to go low on the North Course and to stay atop the leaderboard going into the weekend. Perez will tee off on No. 1 at 10:00 a.m. PT on Friday.

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Tee Times Set For Farmers Insurance Open

Pat Perez is back home in San Diego for this year’s Farmers Insurance Open. Tee times are set for this week and Perez will play the challenging South Course on Thursday, going off No. 10 at 9:00 a.m. PT, paired with Bryce Molder and Justin Hicks.

The second round will take place on the North Course at 10:00 a.m. PT on Friday, with Perez going off of No. 1.

Follow the live leaderboard, PP’s scorecard and ShotTracker all week from Torrey Pines.

Some Good Perez Ink In The SD Union Trib

A solid piece on Pat Perez by Ed Zieralski in Tuesday’s edition of the San Diego Union Tribune, reposted below. Click here for the original article:

Torrey Pines alums have stayed with golf as a career, but their journeys have been very different 

Pat Perez and Alex Aragon, two former Torrey Pines High alums, were side by side on the practice range Tuesday at Torrey Pines getting ready for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open.

Though they have similar backgrounds and heritages, Perez and Aragon couldn’t have taken more different paths to get here this week.

Perez, 37, is a journeyman pro, with one win and nearly $14.5 million in earnings for a career playing at golf’s top level. Aragon, 34, lost his PGA Tour card, but has fought his way back by winning twice on the tour, golf’s Triple-A league. He earned $255,867 on the last year and will play a full season on the PGA Tour this year.

“It’s been kind of a long journey, but it’s been fun,” said Aragon, who missed the cut in his only other Farmers start in 2006 when he went 83-69.

Making the cut and competing at Torrey Pines would mean the world to Aragon.

“This tournament is as important as a major to me,” he said. “If it wasn’t for this tournament, I wouldn’t be a professional golfer. I used to come here as a kid.”

Perez arrived home at Torrey Pines with a new swing, new Callaway clubs, new coach and a new fiancé.

“My Callaway stuff is great,” he said. “The company is great. I’m excited to be with them. I’ve made some swing changes and trying to get this thing going.”

Perez finished tied for eighth at Sony, tied for 58th at the Humana Challenge, a tournament he won when it was the Bob Hope.

Perez has always said that, other than a major, there isn’t another tournament he’d rather win than this one.

“It’s always been my fifth major, might be my biggest one of all. I picked up golf balls here, right there,” he said, pointing to the Torrey Pines practice range. “That was me, picking golf balls. I spent years on this range. This is home to me. No matter where I live in the world, San Diego will always be my home.”

Perez has made the cut seven times in 12 starts in the Farmers. In the last three starts he has a tie for 21st last year, a tie for 22nd in ’12 and a tie for 20th in ’11. His best finish is a tie for sixth in 2005.

Member / Guest at The Madison Club

After wrapping this year’s Humana Challenge at PGA West, Pat Perez ventured down the road to play in The Madison Club’s member / guest on Monday.

Perez was paired with various members, Tour pros and personalities. This shot was taken at the turn and features actor Ray Romano, member Mike Gray, Tour pro Brandt Snedeker, member Jason Wallace and Humana Challenge director Bob Marra.

66-70 Over Weekend At Humana Challenge

After opening with a 69-70, Pat Perez bombed away on Saturday with a third-round 66 at Palmer Private and closed the Humana Challenge with a final round 70 on the same course.

Perez wrapped the event T58th and slipped from 47th to 55th in FedExCup points and 56th to 57th on the official Money Leaders list.

Next up for Perez, The Madison Club member/guest on Monday and then a trip over the hill to San Diego for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Diamond Dave Is My New Ring Tone … For Now

… not sure how long it’ll last before I get sick of it, or someone tries to throw my phone out the window, but clipped the 1:44 to 1:51 section of this video for my new ringtone.

Diamond David Lee Roth and the vocals only track for “Running With The Devil”. Absolute train-wreck-magic. Dude is all time. EVH must’ve wanted to break his guitar over the head of Mr. Assless Chaps in the studio.

Better remember to keep my phone on “silent” in the bag next week or things could get awkward when lining up for a putt.

Second Round 70 at Nicklaus Private Course

A handful of bogeys derailed what looked to be a solid outing from Pat Perez in the second round of the Humana Challenge. Perez played PGA West (Nicklaus Private) on Friday and was two over after three, bogeying the par-four third and par-three fourth.

Back-to-back birdies on four and five had Perez even going into six and a birdie on the par-five eighth had him one-under at the turn.

Another bogey on ten had Perez back to even, but another set of back-to-back birdies on the par-five thirteenth and par-four fourteenth got him back to two-under on the day—where he’d finish after closing out with four straight pars.

Perez has some ground to make up on “moving day”, thirteen shots behind the leader. He’ll play PGA West (Palmer Private) on Saturday, teeing off at 10:10 a.m. PT.

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Opening Round 69 at La Quinta For Perez

Pat Perez fired a 69 at La Quinta Country Club in the opening round of the 2014 Humana Challenge. Perez started off on No. 10 and birdied his second hole of the day—the par-five eleventh. From there, a string of pars as Perez hit the turn one-under on the day.

A birdie on the par-four first was followed by three pars, before a birdie-par-birdie-bogey stretch. Perez birdied the par-five fifth and par-three seventh, getting to three-under on the day, but gave a shot back on eight. A par on nine closed out a first round 69.

Next up, an 8:30 a.m. PT tee time at PGA West (Nicklaus Private Course) and another shot to go low.

Follow the live leaderboard, PP’s scorecard and ShotTracker all week.

Another Gem From TA III’s Collection

You haven’t lived until TA III comes and scoops you up in his cart with some Johnny Guitar Watson blaring. Today’s soundtrack was “A Real Mother For Ya”—with III dropping it like it was 1977 all over again. Epic.

Practice Round At Madison Club With The Crew

Pat Perez got in a Tuesday round at La Quinta with John Daly and avoided the PGA West madness with a Wednesday practice round at The Madison Club. Perez caught up with Tour pro Tommy Armour III and brother Sandy Armour, as well as Discovery Land Company member, friend and host for the week, Mike Gray, as well as member Mike Conn. Next up, another run at the Humana Challenge, beginning Thursday.