Second Round 70 For Perez At Memorial

After missing his first cut of the season, Pat Perez is officially starting a new streak—going 71-70 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in the opening rounds of the Memorial. 

Perez opened Friday’s round with a bogey on one, but picked up two over the next four holes. Perez birdied the par-four third, hitting his drive 242 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 151 yards to the green.

From there, Perez dropped a 40-footer for birdie and quickly got back to even on the day. 

After pars on four and five, Perez birdied the par-four sixth, hitting 298 yards to the right fairway and putting his second shot on the green. From there, a 12-footer fell for a three and Perez was one-under on the day—where he’d stay through the turn, closing the front nine par-par-par. 

On ten, Perez hit his drive 289 yards to the fairway bunker and his second shot 68 yards to the right fairway. Perez’ third shot flew 103 yards to the green and a 7-foot par putt missed, leaving Perez with a tap-in bogey.

Perez responded by crushing his drive 311 yards on the par-five eleventh, followed by a blazing 263-yard second shot that reached the green, leaving Perez with a make-able seven footer for eagle.

From there, a birdie on the par-three twelfth had Perez at three-under on the day—sticking his approach shot 157 yards onto the green and sinking a four-foot birdie putt. 

Perez found the right rough on the par-four fourteenth and sent his second shot 93 yards into the right intermediate. Shot three made it 41 yards to the green, but an 11-foot par putt came up short and Perez settled with a two-footer for bogey.

Perez closed the rough with four consecutive pars and average 289.3 yards in driving distance, 66.67% in greens-in-regulation and 64.29% in driving accuracy.  


Perez’ Callaway Golf SR 3 Spot Is Live

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez made the switch to Callaway Golf at the beginning of the year. A few months and nine consecutive cuts later, the 13-year veteran finally has his own commercial spot.

Perez filmed his parts for the Speed Regime 3 (SR 3) ad while in Hilton Head, South Carolina weeks back, prior to the RBC Heritage getting underway. The spot has been running the past few days and was recently added to Callaway Golf’s YouTube Channel

#SR3 Throwback Thursday

Going back to 2003 for this vintage shot of Pat Perez, playing Muirfield Village Golf Club for the second time in his professional career. Perez struggled at the Memorial early in his career, missing the cut five times (in six tries) between 2002 and 2007 and seeing the weekend for the first time in 2008, where he wrapped with a T28th finish.

Perez is currently one-under after Thursday’s opening round at Muirfield Village and T28th entering Friday’s second round.

Opening Round 71 For Perez At Memorial

Pat Perez fired a 71 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in the opening round of the Memorial on Thursday. Perez started on No. 10 and strung together five consecutive pars before the day’s first birdie on the par-five fifteenth.

After hitting his drive 273 yards into the left rough, Perez punched it 150 yards to the left fairway and put his third shot on the green, leaving himself a 22-footer for birdie.

Perez parred sixteen and seventeen, but bogeyed eighteen and hit the turn at even on the day. Perez hit his drive 309 yards into the left rough and followed up with a 133-yard second shot into the rough, as well. Perez put his third shot on the green, but pushed an 11-foot par putt and knocked in a 14-incher for a five. 

The front nine proved an exercise in consistency, with Perez carding eight pars—highlighted by a birdie on the par-four third. After hitting 264 yards to the right fairway, Perez put his second shot on the green and left himself an 11-footer for birdie, which he dropped.

Perez finished one-under on the day and averaged 286 yards in driving distance, 64.29% in driving accuracy and 77.78% in greens-in-regulation.

Friday’s second round tee time is set for 12:21 p.m. local where Perez will go off No. 1, again paired with Bo Van Pelt and Roberto Castro.  

Tee Times Announced For The Memorial

Pat Perez is back in action this week at the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Perez enters this week 107th in the Official World Gold Rankings and 44th in FedExCup standings.

Perez goes off No. 10 on Thursday at 7:31 a.m. local and is paired with Bo Van Pelt and Roberto Castro. Friday’s tee time has Perez and crew going off No. 1 at 12:21 p.m.’s Rob Bolton has Perez listed as one to “Keep An Eye On” this week, mentioning earlier struggles at Muirfield but recent success at the course, as well as overall since making swing changes starting last December with coach Joe Mayo. Bolton wrote: 

“He [Perez] sets up as the classic something-will-give exercise at Muirfield Village. After opening his career 0-for-5, he’s strung together five cuts made with nothing worse than a T30 in 2011. Meanwhile, after this season’s recommitment to his craft, his consecutive cuts made streak ended at 14 last week, but that was preceded by a pair of finishes outside the top 40. Since recent form almost always trumps course history, he’s a relative risk.”

Tune in for all the latest from Dublin this week, starting early Thursday.  

Callaway Office Tip: Fairway Bunkers With PP

Pat Perez was tabbed by Callaway Golf for this week’s “Friday Office Tip” with Matt Haneline (@MattHanelineCG). The focus was on Fairway Bunkers, where PP shared some pointers for #TeamCallaway and fans of the game. Check it out!

Perez Misses First Cut Since Last October

All streaks must come to an end and for Pat Perez, it took place in Ft. Worth this week when the Tour veteran missed his first cut of the year at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial—plus-four after two, with even looking like the magic number. 

Perez’ streak started last November at The McGladrey Classic and from there went on to make 13 consecutive cuts.

During that span Perez reeled in three top 10 finishes—Sony Open (T8th), Farmers Insurance Open (T2nd) and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (T7th), as well as 11th place at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Valero Texas Open—a four-way tie.

Perez sat out last week’s Byron Nelson Classic–taking a breather to avoid five straight (and the US Open qualifier)—but trekked to Texas this week, confident after semi-recent success at Colonial. Perez finished 4th in 2007, 6th in 2008 and T10th in 2010, sitting out 2009 due to injury. 

Perez was the epitome of consistency early Thursday, starting on No. 10 and stringing together five birdies out the gate. The day’s first blemish came on the par-four fifteenth, where Perez bogeyed after missing a 10-foot par putt. From there, three pars closed out the back nine and left him plus-one on the day.

Perez quickly got a few back, birdying one and three, but bogeyed five and end for an even front nine and opening round 71.

Friday’s early morning round started with back-to-back pars and was highlighted by a 24-foot birdie putt on the par-four third—Perez’ lone birdie of the day.

Perez hit into the left rough on the par-four fifth and missed an eight-foot par putt, eventually knocking in a two-footer for bogey.

On the par-four seventh, Perez drove into the fairway bunker and found bunker again on his second shot. A 23-foot par putt missed and Perez carded his second bogey in three holes, plus-one on the day and two-over on the tournament.

The back nine saw seven consecutive pars before a bogey-bogey finish set Perez down the cut line.

Perez entered this past week 41st in the FedExCup standings and 101st in the Official World Golf Rankings. He averaged 306.5 yards in driving distance on Friday, with a driving accuracy percentage of 42.86 and was 52.78% in greens-in-regulation.  

Next up for Perez, a return to Memorial next week and some work with coach Joe Mayo, followed by the U.S. Open qualifier a week from Monday in Columbus. Throwback Thursday

Going back to 2007 for today’s “Throwback Thursday” image here at—and back to Ft. Worth, as well.

This shot is from Friday May 25th, 2007 when Pat Perez fired a second round 67 at Colonial, en route to a fourth place finish.

Perez opened the event with a 66 on Thursday and after Friday’s blazing round, went 69-65 over the weekend. To date, it’s his best finish at the event.

Perez followed up with a sixth place finish in 2008, sat out the event in 2009 due to injury and returned in 2010, earning T10th—three top tens in three tries. 

Perez’ first round at Colonial gets underway at 12:00 p.m. local on Thursday. He’ll go off No. 10 with Danny Lee and Brice Garnett.  

Tee Times And Perez’ History At Colonial

Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Perez played the Wells Fargo and THE PLAYERS Championships before sitting out the Byron Nelson in Dallas.

From Ft. Worth, Perez will travel to Ohio for The Memorial, followed by a Monday qualifier for the U.S. Open.

Perez enters this week ranked 101st in the Official World Golf Rankings and 41st in the FedExCup standings. He’s played Colonial nine times since his rookie season in 2002—a mixed bag of solid finishes and injuries, either causing withdrawal or missing the event all together.

Perez’ best finish came in 2007 when he went 66-67-69-66 for 4th place. A year later Perez captured 6th outright—highlighted by a final round 65. Perez sat out the event in 2009, but came back strong in 2010 with a T10th finish—making for three top tens in three tries in Ft. Worth.

Since then, Perez went T62nd (2011) and T63rd (2012) before withdrawing from the event last year, citing a sore shoulder. Perez also withdrew back in 2003 due to injury and missed the event in 2006, sidelined for upwards of two months with elbow tendonitis.

Perez drew the late/early tee times this week. Paired with Danny Lee and Brice Garnett, the trio goes off No. 10 at 12:00 p.m. local time on Thursday, followed by a 7:00 a.m. tee time on Friday, starting on No. 1.

PatPerezGolf: Throwback Thursday

Pat Perez is back in Scottsdale this week, sitting out the Byron Nelson Championship and getting a breather before taking on Colonial, Memorial and the U.S. Open qualifier the Monday after Dublin.

Today’s “Throwback Thursday” entry is a pic of PP with brother Mike Perez back in the day, 80′s-style in La Jolla, California—their hometown of San Diego. 

Thoughts and prayers to residents of the 858, 760 and 619 who are getting bombarded by the fires and a hearty thank you to law enforcement personnel and the firefighters who are protecting America’s Finest City. 

Stay safe, San Diego. See you soon.