Perez Finishes T11th At Valero Texas Open

Pat Perez carded his lone final-round birdie at the Valero Texas Open on the eighteenth hole—underscoring how difficult the conditions and set-up at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. The final two groups were a combined 18-over on the day.

Eventual winner Steven Bowditch shot a final-round 76, winning by a stroke while his playing partners Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe each wrapped the day with matching 75′s.

Perez was paired with Kevin Na—who fired a 76—and Daniel Summerhays, the lone member of the final two pairings to come in under par, at 71.

Perez got off to a rough start, going bogey-par-par-bogey—two-over after four.

An 11-foot par opportunity on one ran wide, leaving a two-inch tap-in for bogey, while the bogey on four was the result of a 28-foot par putt going coming up short.

Perez did save par on number three after his tee shot went wide left, leaving a 59-foot birdie putt that he ran to within four feet, tapping in for three.

Two-over at the turn, after five straight pars, Perez picked up another par on ten before a double bogey setback on the par-four eleventh. He’d earn par on twelve before a bogey-par-par-bogey run between thirteen and sixteen, pushing him to six-over on the day.

Showing some fight until the event’s 72nd hole, Perez hit a 316-yard drive to the left fairway on eighteen and sent his second shot to the left rear green side bunker. 38′ from the hole, Perez got onto the green and left himself a 12-footer for birdie, which he drained to get back to five-over.

Perez wrapped the week 68-71-69-77 and T11th and is projected to jump from 32nd to 30th in the new FedExCup standings.

Perez is sitting out next week’s Shell Houston Open and will be back in action mid-April for the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Perez Talks With Golf Channel At Valero

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The Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee caught up with Pat Perez on the range Sunday morning at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Perez enters the final round eight under and four shots off the lead.

Perez tees off 11:20 a.m. local time and is paired with Kevin Na and Daniel Summerhays

Perez Picks Up Three On “Moving Day” At Valero

Pat Perez picked up a few strokes on “moving day” at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Saturday. After going 68-71 on Thursday and Friday, a third round 69 has Perez eight-under and four off the lead entering Sunday.

Perez got off to a solid start, birdying the par-five second, sinking a 21-footer to get to one-under on the day. From there, four straight pars before another birdie on the par-three seventh, capped with a 12-foot drop-in.

A setback on the par-five eighth when Perez, three-putting to double-bogey and dropping back to even on the day, though it was short-lived.

Another birdie fell on the par-four ninth, courtesy of a 269-yard drive to the left fairway and a well-placed approach, leaving Perez a ten-footer.

One-under at the turn, Perez picked up a few but gave some back. A bogey on the par-four eleventh was followed by a birdie on the par-four twelfth, tapping in an eight-footer.

From there, a par on thirteen—knocking down a clutch five-footer—before birding the par-five fourteenth—a makable 17″ tap-in.

Perez bogeyed the par-four fifteenth, but much like Thursday’s round, responded strong over the final three holes. After a five-foot par put on the par three sixteenth, Perez dropped back-to-back birdies to close three-under on the afternoon.

A three-footer on seventeen was followed by a perfectly tapped 12-footer for an exclamation point on a hard fought Saturday.

Perez enters Sunday’s round eight-under and four strokes off the lead. The final group will be Steven Bowditch (-12), Andrew Loupe (-10) and Matt Kuchar (-9). Perez will be in the second-to-last group with Kevin Na (-7) and Daniel Summerhays (-6)

 

Second Round 71; T4th Entering Weekend At Valero

Pat Perez started the second round of the Valero Texas Open atop the leaderboard and after a gusty front nine on Friday, remains in good shape entering the weekend, carding second round 71.

Perez started on the back nine, taking advantage of ideal conditions, and capitalizing.

After opening with two straight pars, he went birdie-par-birdie and was two-under after five. Perez bogeyed the par-four fifteenth, but went birdie-birdie on sixteen and seventeen and hit the turn three-under on the day.

A 14-footer on twelve set up the day’s first birdie. On fourteen, Perez knocked in a birdie putt from six feet out.

A 188-yard approach shot left Perez with a six-inch tap-in for birdie on the par-three sixteenth, while a birdie on seventeen came courtesy of a nine-foot drop-in.

The day’s lone setback took place on number one when Perez double-bogeyed the par-four first.

An errant tee shot left the Tour veteran in early trouble and things only got worse as his second shot went left, as well. Once on the green, Perez left himself a three-footer for par, but pushed it and the unforgiving greens at TPC San Antonio made him pay—three-putting his way to six.

From then on, consistency and some long par putts in windy conditions kept Perez in the hunt entering the weekend. Perez dropped a seven-footer on on the par-three third and a ten-foot par putt on number four, just to stay at one-under, where he finished on the day.

Perez enters Saturday’s round five-under and three strokes off the lead. His third round will get under way at 11:20 a.m. local time, paired with Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays.

 

Perez Almost Aces No. 16 At Valero

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A near ace for Pat Perez on No. 16 at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Friday. Perez stuck his shot feet from the pin and was ridiculously close from rolling it in for one. He finished the round three-under with a 69. 

Perez Fires Opening Round 68 At Valero

Whatever plagued Pat Perez in the final round of last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational has since been shaken off—as proven by an opening round 68 at the Valero Texas Open this Thursday in San Antonio.

Perez—paired with Will MacKenzie and Briny Baird—had the morning’s first tee time, but was delayed several hours due to fog. Once play resumed, Perez got off to a steady start, parring the first seven holes before carding a birdie on the par-five eighth. 

A 309-yard drive to the right fairway set up a 234-yard second shot to the left fairway. Perez then knocked his third shot onto the green, leaving himself a nine-footer for birdie.

As the extra layers of gear came off, Perez loosened up, found his groove and capitalized with four back-nine birdies—including three straight to close out the round.

After a birdie on the par-four eleventh, Perez strung together three straight pars before bogeying the par-four fifteenth—which the Tour veteran referred to as a wake-up call with three to play, telling long-time caddy Mike Hartford that he’d birdie the final three at TPC San Antonio. 

The confidence is a result of Perez’s work with coach Joe Mayo, who’s helping him understand the dynamics of his swing for the first time in his lengthy career. 

“I’ve got a pretty good understanding of what my swing is doing and what the ball is doing,” Perez said. “I feel as confident as I ever have with my ball striking and where the ball is going to go and if I can make a couple putts, I feel like I can shoot a pretty good score.”

Perez’s “pretty good” 68 was the result of birdies on the par-three sixteenth, par-four seventeenth and par-five eighteenth—nailing putts from 13′, 14′ and 17′ feet to close out the four-under round.

Next up, a return to TPC San Antonio and what’s listed as a 12:20 p.m. tee time, though Thursday’s play was suspended due to darkness, which should push the afternoon tee times back.  

PatPerezGolf.com: Throwback Thursday

It’s “Throwback Thursday” at PatPerezGolf.com. Going all the way back to June 2008 for these shots—when Pat Perez threw out the first pitch for the hometown San Diego Padres when the hated Los Angeles Dodgers were in town.

Perez was in San Diego for the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines golf course and got the call from the Padres organization, regarding throwing out the opener. 

Tee Times For Valero Texas Open Announced

Tee times have been announced for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio and Pat Perez drew the early Thursday / late Friday time slots. Perez goes off #1 at 7:30 a.m. local time on Thursday and 12:20 p.m. on Friday. He’s paired with Will Mackenzie and Briny Baird both days.

Perez has participated in the Valero Texas Open just over half the twelve year’s he’s been on the PGA Tour. His last showing in San Antonio was a T5th finish in 2011.

Prior to that, Perez finished T22nd (2010), T8th (2008), T22nd (2004) and T5th (2002) as a rookie. He missed the cut in 2005 and withdrew in 2003. 

Follow the live leaderboard and ShotTracker all week from TPC San Antonio at PGATour.com and check back in at PatPerezGolf.com daily for post-round recaps.  

Pat Perez 3M Carbon Fiber Wrapped Nissan GT-R

Ryan Woon of DDW Partners in Scottsdale, Arizona is back at work on the Pat Perez Nissan GT-R project car. The latest tweak—a custom 3M carbon fiber wrap and new tires—the second stage after some under-the-hood work weeks back.

“The latest round of custom modifications have once again completely transformed the look of the GTR. The first stage was making power with the custom twin turbo kit, fuel system, tuning, etc. Months down the road we did a built tranny and clutch,” said Woon.

“Last week we wrapped the entire car in 3M Carbon and added a dry carbon trunk and wing to match. We also lowered the car and put on a set of our spec 21-inch ADV1 DC10′s in all black with Pirelli P Zero’s which are 355′s in the back.”

If it sounds like Woon and Perez are done with the upgrades, think again.

“The car is nearly complete and the next stage will be making even more power. The turbo setup on the car is good for 1100-1200hp with a built motor. It looks absolutely insane with the new wheels and being lowered. Combined with the power and sound the car is going to turn heads everywhere now,” promised Woon.

Perez is in action at this week’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, where the long-time Tour pro needs a win to earn an invites to next week’s Masters.

Without that, Perez is planted in Scottsdale for two weeks, where PatPerezGolf.com will have cameras rolling, getting the project GT-R in action. Stay tuned.

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Perez: Rough For T67th Finish At Bay Hill

Consistency was the name of the game for Pat Perez three of four days at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Perez strung together three straight rounds of 70 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday—full of birdies, occasional bogeys and countless solid pars.

Six-under entering Sunday, the stage was set for a quality finish—which remained in play at the turn, but fell apart on the back nine.

Saturday’s run included a five-hole, four-birdie stretch, getting Perez to three-under just after the turn. From there, back-to-back bogeys on fourteen and fifteen were followed by a birdie-par-par finish.

Come Sunday, Perez was the model of consistency early on. A bogey on the par-three second was the lone setback. Besides that, eight solid pars had Perez plus-one at the turn.

The back nine proved to be a different story. Perez carded a double bogey on the par-four tenth and followed up with a bogey on eleven. Back-to-back pars ensued, before three straight bogey on fourteen, fifteen and sixteen.

Perez went on to par seventeen, but took an eight on the par-four eighteenth—putting his second shot the water, taking a penalty, hitting into the rear-side bunker and three-putting once on the green.

Perez averaged 283.6 yards in driving distance, 64.29% in driving accuracy and 62.50% in greens in regulation. The final round 83 earned Perez a T67th finish in Orlando, with San Antonio and the Valero Texas Open on deck.

Proof of the course’s final round toughness—Perez was 1-of-18 players to shoot four-over, or worse on Sunday. Adam Scott—who tied a tournament record with an opening-round 62—shot a final round 76, losing to eventual winner Matt Every by two strokes. 

After twelve events on the season, Perez is now 36th in FedExCup standings, 31st on the Official Money List, has topped the $1M by late March and is T15th regarding Top Ten finishes this season with three.