PatPerezGolf.com: Throwback Thursday

PatPerezGolf.com is rolling out the “Throwback Thursday” section, featuring old school pics of the PGA Tour pro also known as Double P. Jumping in the not-so-way-back machine today and July 2013, simply knowing Pat Perez is a big fan of this shot.

PP and long-time Tour bud Tim Clark got together for a little soiree at Clark’s house last summer and took out all comers. This pic shows the two celebrating a beanbag victory is the same manner two teammates might go nuts after a Ryder Cup takedown.

Check back next Thursday for another old school image.

Stereophonics Always Sets The Tone…

http://youtu.be/UR88mJHGoSo

Nothing like a little “Vegas Two Times” to kick things of proper. Headed to the 702 to talk business and play some golf. Wheels up in a bit. Crank up some Stereophonics to set the tone. – P.P.

DDW Partners Explains Perez’s Customized GT-R

A ton of questions here at PPG this week since Pat Perez posted some shots of his customized Nissan GT-R days back. We reached out to Ryan Woon of DDW Motorsports in Scottsdale, who’s worked on Perez’ rides over the years and he explained the latest tweaks.

“The wrap is a first of its kind. It’s called Herringbone and it’s laid out totally directional so both halves of the car are split. When you look down the center you can see one side is all one way and the other is the same,” Woon explained.

“It’s super slick, no one else has done it and it looks badass. It’s all done in 3M Carbon Fiber Vinyl and I had everything done right—all panels pulled off the car, headlights, etc. It was completely taken apart. I also added a Dry Carbon Trunk and Dry Carbon Wing, as well.”

Woon and Perez aren’t done yet. Next up, some all matte black, 21-inch ADV1 rims, with some 355s on the back.

Check out Woon and DDW’s forty-picture gallery of Perez’s GT-R, posted to Facebook earlier this week. The gallery goes on to explain, in Woon’s words, for the gearheads out there:

“Our project GT-R first started as a stock white 2012 Black Edition. It was built by DDW Partners and it now makes 778whp with the stock motor. The Virtual Works Turbo Kit with Billet 58mm turbos is good to over 1150whp with a built motor for down the road. It also has a fully built transmission and 8 plate clutch.

We just got finished wrapping the entire car in 3M Carbon Fiber Vinyl along with a Dry Carbon Trunk and Dry Carbon Wing as well. This is one of the only cars out there with this custom herringbone lay out. Photos do the car absolutely no justice and it looks amazing in person. It is very hard to photograph, especially in the sun. The entire car is directional on both sides of the car.

We have some ADV1 deep concave wheels being custom made for the car now and they will be here in about a month and the look will again be completely transformed.”

Woon has worked on countless cars for professional athletes and other individuals in the Scottsdale area.

Interested in a custom wrap job? Check Ryan and DDW out on Facebook, and Instagram or email him.

Check back for more on Perez’s project GT-R in the coming weeks.  - PPG

Thanks To Callaway For The Custom Wedges

A big shout out to Callaway Golf and my guys Steve Mata and Johnny Thompson for the new, customized Apex Pro Irons. Something about that stamped “PP” and the ol’ skull and crossbones are flat out sick. Can’t wait to get these new-look irons in the bag. Check out the scoop on Twitter at #ApexIrons. - P.P. 

Perez Struggles Over Weekend At Riviera

After six straight weeks and having played the entire west coast swing, Pat Perez ran out of steam this past weekend at Riviera. Perez opened 69-72 on Thursday and Friday, but took a step back with a Saturday round of 73 and followed up with a 78 on Sunday.

Saturday started out on fire as Perez opened with an eagle on the par-four tenth and followed it up with back-to-back birdies. Five under on the tourney and climbing the leaderboard, Perez had a setback with a double bogey on the par-three fourteenth, but responded with a birdie, getting back to three-under on the day.

From there, a rough four-hole stretch where Perez bogeyed seventeen, eighteen and two, getting back to even on the day. One final setback came with another double bogey on the par-four eighth, finishing the day two over.

On Sunday, the tenth that got things off to a solid roll the previous morning, quickly wound up a seven, leaving Perez three over on the day one hole in. Perez birdied thirteen and sixteen, but a double on fifteen and a bogey on eighteen left him four over at the turn.

Disaster struck again on the par-four third with a second triple-bogey of the day. From there, a bogey on four, three straight pars and a birdie-par finish for a final round 78.

With a half dozen events in the books since early January, Perez is shutting it down for the next few weeks—not in either World Golf Championship event. Next on the docket, a return to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the week of March 17th.

Rough Second Round For Perez At Riviera

Twenty-six straight rounds of golf over the course of 97 were played above par for Pat Perez, until round two at the Northern Trust Open. A rough back nine put the veteran at 72 on the day and left him one-under on the event entering the weekend at Riviera.

Perez got off to a rough start, finishing the final hole of the opening round after player was suspended due to darkness on Thursday. The result—a bogey on nine for an official opening round 69.

Friday’s round got off to a solid start, going par-birdie-par. Perez bogeyed the par-three four, but responded with back-to-back birdies on the par-four fifth and par-three sixth. Two-under on the day, Perez rode that through the turn, closing with three straight pars on seven, eight and nine.

Things became a bit undone over a five-hole stretch, starting with a bogey on the par-four tenth. Perez followed up with back-to-back pars, but bogeys on the par-four thirteenth and par-three fourteenth dropped him to one-over on the day.

Perez closed with four straight pars, unable to capitalize, despite playing the same four holes three-under on Thursday, with clutch birdie putts on fifteen, sixteen and seventeen. He is one-under on the tournament with the current cut-line sitting at one-over.

Three-Under When Darkness Fell At Riviera

A late tee time in the opening round at the Northern Trust Open will have Pat Perez back at Riviera Country Club bright and early Friday morning.

That said, sprits will be flying high as the hot streak continues. Perez is two off the lead and three-under with one to play, entering the second round in great position to make a pre-weekend run.

After opening the event with a bogey on the par-four tenth, Perez responded with a birdie on the par-five eleventh.

A 288-yard drive to the right fairway was followed by a 274-yard shot to the front green side bunker. A quick up-and-down was capped with a six-foot birdie put, bringing Perez back to even after two.

Back-to-back pars came on twelve and thirteen before another setback on the par-three fourteenth. An almost-10-foot birdie putt went wide, leaving Perez a two-footer for bogey, but from there, the round’s turning point.

Perez strung together three straight birdies late on the back nine, getting to two-under at the turn.

An 18-foot birdie putt fell on the par-four fifteenth, followed by a 13-footer on the par-three sixteenth. On seventeen, a 237-yard drive to the right fairway left Perez 77 yards from the hole and after a solid second shot, a ten-foot birdie opp dropped.

Four straight pars ensued before a bogey on the par-three fourth, but Perez got two back with birdies on on seven and eight before play was suspended due to darkness.

Friday’s tee time is set for 8:25 a.m. PT. Perez is again paired with Aaron Baddeley and D.H. Lee. Follow the live leaderboard, PP’s scorecard and ShotTracker all week from Riviera.

Putting In That Work With @TrackmanMaestro

Enjoyed a little downtime on Monday and Tuesday, but back at it today with Coach Joe Mayo and the Trackman Pro out at Riviera Country Club. Time to get busy. – P.P.

Perez 13th In Power Rankings For Northern Trust

Rob Bolton at PGATour.com has Pat Perez in this week’s Power Rankings for the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.

Perez is listed thirteenth and Bolton wrote the following: “Thirteenth consecutive appearance. Among 10 cuts made, just one top 10 (solo eighth, 2007), but four top-11s over the last five weeks.”

Perez is coming off a T7th finish at last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Prior to that, 11th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, T2nd finish at the Farmers Insurance Open and T8th at the Sony Open at Waialae.

Tee times have been set for this week’s event at Riviera. Perez is set to go off No. 10 at 1:15 p.m. PT on Thursday and 8:25 a.m. PT on Friday, paired with Aaron Baddeley and D.H. Lee both days.

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

Annual Pilgrimage To Rainbow Bar & Grill

One of the best things about this week in Los Angeles—close proximity to the Sunset Strip and the legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill. Always love a Tuesday afternoon in that joint when the place is dead empty and the metal is still pumping like it’s 1986.

Killer pizza and the best chicken noodle soup going, too.

Posting up in the booth where Guns N’ Roses filmed scenes from the “November Rain” video (check the 2:18 mark)—always priceless. – P.P.