Rough Return For Perez At Congressional

Pat Perez hadn’t played a competitive round of golf since his 36-hole outing the Monday after Memorial and the 24-day lay-off made for a rough Thursday at the Quicken Loans National.

Perez fired an opening round 78, carding six bogeys on double and a lone birdie on the afternoon. He averaged 302.5 yards in driving distance, 64.29% driving accuracy and 50% in greens-in-regulation.

Today’s late start means Perez will be back in action bright and early Friday, continuing to shake off the cobwebs while working through swing changes.

Tomorrow’s go-time is 8:24 a.m. ET, where Perez will go off No. 1, paired with Aaron Baddeley and Brice Garnett.

Perez Back In Action At Congressional This Week

After a three-week layoff, Pat Perez is back in action this week at the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland. Perez enters this week 56th in the FedExCup standings and 113th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

The thirteen-year veteran has played 18 events on the season and carded three Top 10 finishes over that span—setting a personal-best of 14 consecutive cuts, ending late May at the Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Perez has played one event since, finishing T69th at the Memorial, as well as a 36-hole qualifier the following Monday, missing an invite to the US Open by one stroke.

Perez’ history at Congressional dates back to his rookie season in 2002, when the event was knows at The International. He earned a DQ in his inaugural showing and missed the cut the next two seasons.

Perez didn’t play the event in 2005 or 2006, but showed up strong in 2007 with his best finish to date—T3rd after going 71-70-69-67 on the week. A year later, T12th and a 71-67-67-68 scorecard.

Perez missed the cut in 2009 and has since been average at what was known as the AT&T National, going T62nd (2010), T38th (2011), T29th (2012) and 76th (2013).

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event, with Perez drawing a (seemingly) favorable late-early draw.

Perez is paired with Aaron Baddeley and Brice Garnett, going off No. 10 at 1:24 p.m. ET on Thursday, followed by an 8:24 a.m. ET tee time on Friday

Rest In Peace San Diego’s Tony Gwynn

Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of baseball legend Tony Gwynn as he lost his battle with cancer this morning. Gwynn was only 54 years old.

Born in Los Angeles, Gwynn attended San Diego State and from that point on, made San Diego his town—earning the nickname “Mr. Padre”. Gwynn was a rookie in 1982 and played twenty seasons—all with San Diego; a rarity in this day and age.

Gwynn was also a 15-time All-Star, a five-time Gold Glove Award winner, a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner and an eight-time National League batting champion. He won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1999 and his No. 19 jersey was retired by the Padres in 2004. Gwynn also had 3,141 career hits and a .348 lifetime batting average.

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez, a San Diegian and lifelong Padres fan, was taken aback when hearing about Gwynn’s passing.

“Guys like Tony only come around once every few decades. He was arguably the purist hitting my generation ever saw and as stand-up of a guy that’s ever played the game,” said Perez, who also touched on the local ties.

“Played for San Diego State, drafted by the Padres, spent two decades with the club, put his stamp on the city and the franchise and then returned to his alma mater to coach. They just don’t make them like that anymore.

San Diego lost a great one today. Tony Gwynn was one-of-a-kind. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Gwynn had just signed a one-year contract to continue coaching at San Diego State this upcoming season. Throwback Thursday

Ask Pat Perez about one of his favorite golf tournaments ever and you’ll hear about the Rock 105.3 event at Riverwalk Golf Course in San Diego back in 1998. PP, brother Mike and a group of friends took in the rock-and-golf two-day event and tore it up.

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and she-metal group Drain S.T.H. tore up 4th & B downtown the night before and the day-of, a raucous event at The ‘Walk. This shot is one of the boys with Wack-Pack legend Crackhead Bob from The Howard Stern Show. Fred The Elephant Boy was also in attendance, as was Kevin Martin of Candlebox and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister.

Another one of those rowdy events—this one taking place about three years before PP joined the Tour. 

Alice In Chains “Check My Brain”

Digging into some old playlists in the iPod during the off-week and getting back into “Black Gives Way To Blue” (2009) by Alice In Chains. Would never disrespect the late, great Layne Staley, but “Check My Brain” sounds like the band never missed a beat.

Jerry Cantrell on-point with a nasty riff and some vintage vocals, while Sean Kinney and Mike Inez hold down the bottom end like it’s the early 90′s instead of two decades later. Even new guy William DuVall does his thing without getting in the way. 

Great summertime groove, even if it is five years old. Check it. Throwback Thursday

Going back to the mid-2000′s with this “Throwback Thursday” shot at This shot of Pat Perez and the late Paul Gleason was snapped at a John Daly charity event in Southern California.

Perez and the Gleason met through the charity golf circuit and became buds due to PP’s love for 80′s classics like “Trading Places”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Johnny Be Good” and “Die Hard”, all in which Gleason starred.

Perez would always refer to Gleason as “The Beeker”—courtesy of his Clarence Beeks role in “Trading Places”. Gleason passed away eight years ago on May 27th and while this would’ve been a more timely #TBT image for last week, we didn’t rediscover it until today. 

A great shot of PP and his bud … complete with an unintentional Tommy Lasorda photobomb over Paul’s shoulder. R.I.P. Beeker. 

Perez Off Until Congressional At Bethesda

Pat Perez wrapped this weekend’s Memorial event at Muirfield Village Golf Club T69th and fell one stroke shy of a US Open berth Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Perez fired an opening round 70 at Brookside and followed up with a second round 71 at Scioto—a combined 141.

Regarding the Memorial, Perez opened 71-70 but went 77-74 over the weekend.

Perez enters this off week 46th in the FedExCup standings and 110th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

He’s slated to spend the next three weeks at home in Scottsdale, working on and off with coach Joe Mayo and plans to be back in action at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland the week of June 23rd.