Arizona State Golf Camp In Tempe This June

If you know Pat Perez, then you know his love for all things maroon and gold—as witnessed in the throwback image above, Perez posing with former teammate and longtime friend Darren Angel, after capturing the 1996 national championship as members of the Sun Devils’ golf team. 

Perez briefly moved back to San Diego when his time at Arizona State was up, but upon winning medalist honors at Q-school in late 2001, quickly moved to Scottsdale. 

As a result for that desert affinity, the Sun Devil Golf Camp is something near and dear to Perez’ heart, which is why he’s trying to help current golf coach Tim Mickelson rally the troops for this June’s summer sessions. 

The 2014 golf camp is broken down into two sessions this year—an overnight camp June 15-18 (ages 12-to-18) and a day camp, running June 19-20 (ages 8-to-14).

The events will take place at the Pete Dye championship golf course, featuring access to the driving range, putting greens and practice bunkers.—as well as the Golf Performance Center and air-conditioned clubhouse (all located at the west end of the Karsten Golf Course range at the ASU Hobbs House Golf Player Facility). 

Every aspiring professional golfer’s journey has to start somewhere and camps like this have acted as a building block to many of today’s greats. This is a very worthwhile, fairly-priced event and Coach Mickelson and certainly knows his stuff. 

Those interested in this year’s Sun Devil Golf Camp, click here for more information.

Go Devils. #ForkEm 

Final Round 71 For Perez At THE PLAYERS

Pat Perez teed it up at 9:45 a.m. ET for the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass and carded a final round 71.

Perez got off to an efficient Sunday start, stringing together three consecutive pars—including a 17-foot putt on the par-three third.

The day’s first bogey surfaced on the par-four fourth, where Perez hit a 290-yard drive into the right rough and followed with a 51-yarder, again to the right rough. He eventually rolled in a five-footer for five. 

Three more pars ensued before the day’s first birdie came on the par-three eighth, where Perez stuck his tee shot to four feet and tapped in for two. 

After a bogey on eleven, Perez exorcized some demons on No. 13, knocking down a 20-footer for birdie.

Friday’s round saw Perez carding a triple bogey on thirteen, hitting left into the pond and three-putting for six—changing the trajectory of the tournament as Perez was four under 21 holes in before the setback.

Perez rode today’s momentum, following up with another birdie on the par-four fourteenth, getting to one-under on the afternoon. After hitting his drive 272 yards to the right fairway, Perez hit his second shot 194 yards to the green, setting up a 12-footer which dropped for three.

The day’s final birdie came on fan-favorite No. 17, where Perez hit 127 yards to the green, leaving a six-footer for two, but gave a stroke back on the par-four eighteenth, the result of back-to-back shots into the right rough and shot three coming out of the right fairway, setting up a five-foot bogey putt.

Perez averaged 280.5 yards driving distance, 67.86 in driving accuracy percentage and was 68.06% in greens in regulation. He looks to finish somewhere around 50th on the event after going 68-73-75-71. 

 

Perez Cards Third Round 75 At The Players

Pat Perez fired a third round 75 at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday, dropping him to T52nd with 18 holes to play—sitting at even par after 54 holes.

Perez opened the day with birdie on the opening par-four, hitting 291 yards to the right rough and following up with a gorgeous 151-yard shot, putting him on the green and setting up a six-footer on his third shot. 

Back-to-back pars followed, before a rough stretch that took some luster of Perez’ would-be fast start. 

After hitting 238 yards to the fairway bunker on the par-four fourth, Perez pushed his second shot to the left rough. Shot three wound up in the rear green side bunker, where Perez chipped up and three-putted his way to double bogey.

On the par-four fifth, Perez bogeyed, again three-putting after his drive went 282 yards to the right fairway. 

Sitting at plus-two, Perez parred No. 6 and No. 7 before another bogey on the par-three eighth. After hitting 220 yards to the right front green side bunker, Perez chipped up and missed a nine-footer for par.

Perez picked up another stroke with a bogey on No. 10, but came back with birdie on the par-three thirteenth after his 187-yard drive left a four-footer for birdie.

Bogey-birdie ensued, with Perez finding the left rough twice on No. 14, en route to five on the par-four, but a 16-footer fell on No. 15, getting him back to plus-three on the day, where he stayed after playing the final three holes at even par. 

Perez averaged 273.8 yards in driving distance, 66.67 in driving accuracy percentage and 68.52% in greens-in-regulation.

Sunday’s final round tee time goes off at 9:45 a.m. ET, where Perez will be paired with Charl Schwartzel.  

Perez Shoots Friday 73 At THE PLAYERS

Pat Perez fired a second round 73 Friday at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Perez carded three birdies on the day, oft settling for pars when putts didn’t break. There was also a bogey and a round-defining triple. 

After starting on No. 10, Perez opened par-par-par. The day’s first shot was a 271-yarder to the right fairway, followed up by a 162-yard shot. Perez found the green and had a 13-footer for birdie, but missed left and knocked in a two-footer for four. 

On the par-five eleventh, Perez’ first shot went 269 yards to the right fairway, followed by an 211-yarder to the fairway bunker. His third shot went 46 yards to the right front side green bunker, where Perez chipped up and left himself a two-footer for par. 

The par-four twelfth was capped with a three-foot par putt, before finding the water on the par-three thirteenth.

Perez went 6-iron and hit a pull-hook into the pond, forcing him to take a drop. He followed up hitting 9-iron to 25 feet and eventually three-putted, missing a five-footer and sinking a three-footer for a triple. 

Perez showed grit a hole later—showing trust in his game and swing change—pulling driver on the par-four fourteenth and crushing it 258 yards to the right intermediate.

From there, Perez crushed hybrid 203 yards, leaving a 26-footer for birdie which rolled to the center of the cup, picking one up and getting back to plus-two. 

Four straight pars closed out the back nine before Perez birdied the par-four tenth.

After hitting 3-wood 291 yards to the right fairway, Perez hit 8-iron to ten feet, setting up the day’s second birdie. From there, par-par on No. 2 and No. 3, another birdie came on the par four-fourth, getting Perez back to even, capped with a 14-footer. 

Bogey followed on the par-four fifth, with Perez hitting back-to-back shots in the fairway bunker, where he eventually faced a six-footer for bogey, which he sunk. 

Perez closed out with four straight pars, coming close to birdie—including nine, where a ten-footer sailed an inch wide, leaving a two-footer for five.

Perez averaged 271.3 yards driving distance, 75% in driving accuracy percentage and 69.44% in greens in regulation. He wrapped the day T25th and will be paired with Justin Leonard on Saturday, going off No. 1 at 12:25 p.m. ET. 

Perez Fires First Round 68 At Sawgrass

Pat Perez is in the mix one round in after firing an opening 68 at THE PLAYERS Championship on Thursday. Perez put together a solid one-bogey, five-birdie round—setting the tone with a six-foot par putt on one. 

After hitting his opening drive 284 yards to the right rough, Perez punched his second shot 124 yards to the right fairway and a 19-footer on his third, setting up par. 

Perez then parred two through four, before setting up a birdie on the par-four fifth. After hitting driver 260 yards to the right fairway, Perez punched hybrid 225 yards, putting his second shot on the green and knocking in a seven-footer on his third. 

Two clutch up-and-downs followed on six and seven—highlighted by a five-foot par putt on the latter—setting up what was arguably the shot of the day. 

Perez ripped hybrid on the par-three eighth, going 233 yards and leaving a two-footer for birdie—getting him to two-under, where he’d stay through the turn after a par on nine. 

Perez went 3-wood on the par-four tenth, going 268 yards towards the right fairway and hitting 9-iron 136 yards on his second shot. From there, a chip shot which left a five-footer for par. 

The day’s second birdie came on the par-five eleventh, where Perez hit driver 278 yards to the right fairway and 4-iron 210 yards. From there, l-wedge went 66 yards, setting up a four-foot birdie putt. 

Perez hit 3-wood 247 yards on twelve and followed with an 18-foot wedge shot, leaving a seven-incher for par. On thirteen, a 6-iron off the tee went 185 yards, leaving a 13-footer. Perez left the birdie putt short, sinking a nine-incher for par.

The day’s lone bogey game on the par-four fourteenth. Perez hit driver 281 yards and followed up with 6-iron for 173 yards, hitting into the front left green side bunker. On his third shot, an 11-foot chip missed right, setting up two-footer for his fifth shot. 

Perez got it back a hole later on the par-four fifteenth, droppng in a seven-footer for birdie, on the heels of a 171-yard second shot. 

After a parring sixteen, Perez stuck another approach shot on a par-three—hitting pitching wedge and setting-up a 13-foot birdie putt, getting him to four-under with one to play. 

Perez hit driver 297 yards to the right fairway and followed up with a 151-yard 9-iron to the right rough. Perez’ third short went 37 feet to the green, leaving a five-foot par putt, sending him to the clubhouse T12th with a 68. 

Perez averaged 273 yards driving distance, 64.29% in driving accuracy and 66.67% in greens in regulation. 

Friday’s tee time is set for 7:36 a.m. ET, where Perez is going off No. 10 and is paired with Jason Bohn and Brian Davis.  

Tee Times Announced For The PLAYERS

Pat Perez is in action this week at TPC Sawgrass for The PLAYERS Championship. Tee times have been announced for the first two rounds, with Perez earning the preferred late/early draw.

Thursday’s tee time is set for 12:46 p.m. ET and Friday’s go-time is 7:36 a.m. ET. Perez is paired with Jason Bohn and Brian Davis.

Perez arrived in Ponte Vedra Beach on Monday evening, after a T44th finish at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte. After a solid 66 on Saturday, Perez closed with a 77 on Sunday as he continues to work through swing changes with coach Joe Mayo.

Perez enters this week 100th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 36th in the FedExCup standings. He’s played 15 events this season, has carded three Top 10 finishes and is riding a career-best streak of 14 straight cuts.

Perez Cards Final Round 77 At Quail Hollow

Pat Perez tamed Quail Hollow on Saturday, shooting a third round 66—but struggled on Sunday in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina—carding a 77 and finishing T44th. 

After opening par-bogey-par-par, Perez went on a birdie-par-birdie-par run, putting him one-under after eight. 

A double bogey on nine was followed by the day’s second birdie—highlighted by an 83-yard third shot, leaving Perez a two-footer for birdie. 

Back to even, Perez parred the next two holes, but struggled down the stretch—bogeying thirteen, fifteen and eighteen, with the day’s second double bogey on seventeen. 

Perez shot 73-71-66-77, averaging  286.1 yards driving distance in the final round, with 48.21 driving accuracy percentage and 54.17% in greens-in-regulation. He entered this past week 35th in the FedExCup standings and 104th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Perez has also made thirteen straight cuts—his last miss coming in October 2013 at the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open in Las Vegas. 

Next up for Perez, a return to THE PLAYERS Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida—where he missed the cut in 2013, but finished T25th the year prior. 

Perez Fires Third Round 66 At Quail Hollow

Pat Perez made the most of “moving day” at Quail Hollow’s Wells Fargo Championship on Saturday. After going 73-71 on Thursday and Friday, Perez put together a bogey-free third round, carding six birdies along the way.

Perez got off to a hot start on Friday, birdying four of his first six holes, but giving them all back over a three-hole stretch—going bogey, double, bogey on 17, 18 and 1. From there, a par-heavy finish with a birdie on the par-five fifth, getting him to one-under on the day. 

Friday’s setback was in the rear-view come Saturday, with Perez putting together the type of third round that will plant him firmly in the hunt on Sunday. 

After opening with three straight pars, Perez birdied the par-four fourth. After pumping driver 298 yards to the left rough, a 193-yard second shot left Perez a two-footer for birdie.

Back-to-back birdies soon followed, starting with a 316-yard drive on the par-five seventh. Perez then hit his second shot 203 yards to the green and his ensuing putt 65 feet, leaving a four-footer for birdie. On eight, Perez dropped a 22-footer on his third shot, getting to three-under on the day. 

The par-five tenth offered another birdie opportunity and Perez responded. After crushing driver 340 yards to the right fairway, Perez hit his second shot 243 yards to the left rough. From there he chipped up with within six feet and putted for four. 

Four pars followed before another par-five ended in birdie. Perez hit driver 278 yards to the left fairway on fifteen and sent his second shot 261 yards right, eventually leaving himself a seven-footer for birdie. 

Saving the best for last, Perez birdied the par-three seventeenth, rolling in a 53-footer on his second shot. 

The third round 66 has Perez six-under on the event and currently hovering at T8th around 2:15 p.m. ET, with upwards of three dozen players in progress. 

Sunday tee times will be announced shortly.  

Opening Round 73 For Perez At Quail Hollow

Pat Perez sat out last week’s Zurich Classic in New Orleans but is back in action at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, working to re-find his groove and sitting plus-one after an opening round 73 at Quail Hollow.

Perez put together a consistent round—complete with 16 pars, two bogeys and one lone birdie—playing a clutch 18 holes on a challenging golf course. 

After a routine par on the opening hole, Perez made a great save on the par-three second. After cutting his 7-iron 183 yards to the left fairway, Perez pitched up to about six feet and knocked in the par putt. 

Another great save on three after Perez hit his tee shot 266 yards to the right rough and his second shot to about 21 feet, where he missed the birdie putt but left himself a two-foot tap-in for par. 

After finding the left rough on the par-four fourth, Perez hit 4-iron to about 35 feet, left the birdie putt short and dropped in one from a under two feet for another par.  

The day’s first blemish came on the par-three sixth, where Perez hit 4-iron to the right of the green and couldn’t get up-and-down, missing an eight-footer for par and eventually sinking the 16″ bogey putt.  

Perez bombed a 301-yard drive on the par-five seventh and hit his hybrid 228 yards and past the pin, on the fringe, with his second shot. Unable to get up and down, Perez dropped a six-footer for par after running a birdie attempt past the hole. 

Perez closed the front nine with back-to-back pars—highlighted by a solid tee shot on nine and a great up-and-down, where he hit a pitch shot to within a foot of the cup for a four. 

The day’s lone birdie came on the par-five tenth where Perez hit his tee shot 294 yards to the right fairway and laid up with 5-iron—hitting it roughly 217 yards, again to the right fairway. His third shot left him a 14-footer, which he dropped for four. 

Perez would give one back on the par-four eleventh, tugging his tee shot to the left rough, but following up with a good approach shot which left him a 30-foot birdie attempt. The putt rolled five feet past the hole where he two-putted for bogey.

The day’s final six holes resulted in pars with similar scenarios—with missed birdie putts a common theme. Short on thirteen, fourteen and sixteen, coupled with some great saves on fifteen, seventeen and eighteen. 

Perez’ one-over puts him T67th entering Friday’s second round. Statistically Perez averaged 298 yards in driving distance, 64.29% in driving accuracy and 72.22% in greens in regulation. 

Friday’s tee time is set for 2:05 p.m. ET, where he’s again paired with Troy Matteson and Jamie Donaldson, going off of No. 10.  

PatPerezGolf.com: Throwback Thursday

Some more “Throwback Thursday” magic here at PatPerezGolf.com—a shot of Double P rocking his Carlsbad Soccer Club gear in the early 1980′s and doing his best Cristiano Ronaldo