“Open My Eyes” By Rival Sons; Absolute Smoke

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A bud recently turned me on to these guys—Rival Sons. The album “Great Western Valkyrie” is available on iTunes. “Open Your Eyes” is the first single and it’s absolute gas-fire. Digging these guys. Check ‘em out. Who says rock-n-roll is dead? Dudes sound like someone tossed The Black Keys and Led Zeppelin in a blender. Killer grooves. 

PP & Joey D On Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”

Pat Perez and biomechanics coach Joey Diovisalvi were featured on a recent Golf Channel Morning Drive segment titled “Fitness Friday”.

Perez and Diovisalvi talked about the importance of stretching—both before and after playing a round of golf. Check out the clip and heed the advice!

Perez Fires Saturday 75 At Greenbrier

Pat Perez entered the weekend five-under at The Greenbrier Classic, but a rough third round resulted in a MDF and an abrupt close to what looked to be a promising week in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 

The “made cut, did not finish” designation earns Tour players a check for their efforts, but doesn’t afford them Sunday to make up any ground lost on Saturday.

Even par earned the MDF designation, while one-under participants sit at T61st and will resume play on Sunday. 

Perez struggled early, going bogey-bogey on the second and third holes—his first setbacks of the week. From there, four consecutive pars before another bogey—on the par-three-eighth—leaving him plus-three at the turn.

Perez got one back on the par-four tenth. After hitting his drive 254 yards to the right fairway, he put his second shot on the green and went on to drop a 22-footer for birdie. 

Three consecutive pars ensued before a three-shot swing and bogey-double bogey run on fourteen and fifteen. A par-par-par finish made for a third round 75. 

This week’s Greenbrier Classic marks the 20th event Perez has played this season. Next up, a return to Silvis, IL for the John Deere Classic

Perez entered this past week 61st in the FedExCup standings and 118th in the Official World Golf rankings. 

Second Round 69 For Perez At Greenbrier

Pat Perez remains on course after two rounds at The Greenbrier Classic, firing a second round 69 and staying in the hunt entering the weekend. 

Perez again was steady, carding 17 pars and one birdie—playing his second consecutive bogey-free round.

The day’s lone birdie came three holes into the day, on the par-five twelfth. Perez hit his drive 271 yards to the right rough and his second shot 165 yards to the left fairway. From there, he stuck his approach shot to within nine feet and knocked down the putt.

Saving par proved key in round two for Perez, as well. Seven-footers on No. 11 and No. 15, a six-footer on No. 3 and a nine-foot putt on No 4 proved to be round-savers, keeping the veteran near the top of the leaderboard with two days remaining at the Old White Course. 

Perez averaged 281.5 yards driving distance, 71.43% in driving accuracy and 77.78% regarding greens-in-regulation. 

Having been one of the earliest tee times on Independence Day, a lot of golf remains. As of noon ET, Perez sits T5th and four shots off the lead. 

Stay tuned for third round tee times and pairings. 

 

Perez Fires Opening Round 66 At Greenbrier

Pat Perez got his groove back in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, shooting a bogey-free 66—shaking off last week’s slump and second missed cut this year. 

Perez was coming off a season-worst 78-81 at last week’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional. The result; two full days of range work at TPC Potomac with coach Joe Mayo, righting the ship enough for a confidence-building Thursday performance. 

Perez was a model of consistency early, stringing together seven consecutive pars before carding the day’s first birdie on the par three eighth. 

The opportunities were there on the front nine, with Perez hitting fairways and leaving himself several tap-ins for par.

The veteran showed much more control in today’s opening round than a week ago in Bethesda, seemingly channeling some recent mojo at The Old White Course. 

Perez finished T6th at Greenbrier last year and T9th in 2010—the first season of the event. He picked up a T27th in 2012 and sat out the event in 2011.  

One-under at the turn on Thursday, Perez left himself some great looks—and capitalized. Birdies came on twelve, thirteen and fifteen, while six clutch pars kept him from giving anything back. 

Perez hit 287 yards to the left fairway on the par-five twelfth and followed up with a 256-yard shot to the right rough. His third shot was a beat—40 yards to the green, leaving a five-footer for birdie. 

On the par-four thirteenth, Perez hit 282 yards to the right rough but recovered with a 182-yard strike to the green, setting up a four-foot tap-in. 

The birdie on the par-three fifteenth was the result of sticking the 200-yard approach shot and a good read, knocking in the 11-footer for birdie. He finished the day averaging 285 yards driving distance, 85.71% in driving accuracy and 88.89% regarding greens-in-regulation. 

Perez’s opening round 66 has him T10th at day’s end and Thursday’s late tee time makes for a quick Friday turnaround, as he’ll go off No. 10 at 7:10 a.m. ET. 

Aside from the modus operandi of playing for a win every week, there’s added incentive for Perez in regards to another quality finish in White Sulphur Springs.

Open Championship spots are on the line this week, with the top four players (not already exempt for the major-across-the-pond) who finish among the top 12—and ties–earning spots in the mid-July event. 

Perez has two top 10′s in three tries at Greenbrier. No better time for a third than now. 

 

PatPerezGolf.com Throwback Thursday

Pat Perez is going with a summertime theme for today’s “Throwback Thursday” pic—a shot of a signed surfboard from friend and former pro-am partner Kelly Slater.

The world champion signed and gifted the board to Perez back in 2007, with a personalized, stern warning for Perez’s brother Mike (a.k.a. “The Hate”) to stay away.  

“Perez —Tell your bro hands off! Hit it long. Sink the putts. Next year we’ll make the cut. Kelly ’07″ 

Perez and Slater were longtime partners at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, often having too much fun to focus on cut-making, hence the dig in Slater’s message. 

Perez will spend Independence Day three time zones from the San Diego beaches and his hometown stomping grounds, instead participating in this week’s Greenbrier Classic at The Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

While beach days won’t be an option, Greenbrier officials have made sure the event will be a party for all involved—flying in Maroon 5 for a July 4th show and Jimmy Buffett for a Saturday night Parrothead-fest. 

Perez tees off at 12:10 p.m. ET on Thursday and 7:10 a.m. ET on Friday. 

 

This Week’s Signed Pat Perez Callaway Golf Polo

We’ve received a handful of emails this week asking which Pat Perez-signed Callaway Golf polo is first on the block. We decided to go with one of PP’s faves from this season—white with a blue, red and green diamond design pattern. 

This shirt features the MGM Grand lion logo embroidered left chest, Callaway logos on the left sleeve and upper back, as well as a Patrick Gibbons HandMade logo on the right collar. PP signed the shirt with a red Sharpie mid-left chest. 

The contest is rolling along and a winner will be chosen and notified by email just after 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday July 7th, 2014

Click here for the link to enter and continue spreading the word. Another contest on next week barring the hype remains! 

Tune in tomorrow as PP tees competes in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic as The Old White Course in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Perez’ go-time is 12:10 p.m. ET and he’ll start on No. 1. 

 

Tee Times Announced For Greenbrier Classic

Pat Perez is back in action this week in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia for The Greenbrier Classic. Perez missed the cut at last week’s Quicken Loans National at Congressional in Bethesda, marking the second time he failed to see the weekend in his past three starts and third missed cut on the season.

Perez has good history at Greenbrier, having played it three of four times since its inception and earning two top tens. 

Perez finished T6th last season, shooting 71-65-66-69 at The Old While TPC and T27th in 2012. He sat the event out in 2011, but had a strong showing in the inaugural event in 2010, going 64-69-69-64, wrapping up T9th. 

Despite last week’s missed cut, ESPN.com senior golf analyst Michael Collins sees a solid week ahead for Perez. 

“He hasn’t missed two cuts in a row all year, so coming off a MC last week, expect a bounce back,” wrote Collins in ESPN’s experts’ picks this week.  

“Combine that with a sixth-place finish last year and no missed cuts here in three starts, and it’s easy to see his fourth top-10 of the year happening this week,” 

Thursday’s opening round tee time is 12:10 p.m. ET where Perez will go off of No. 1, while Friday’s go-time is set for 7:10 a.m., starting no No. 10. He is paired with Greg Chalmers and Chad Collins.  

Perez enters this week 61st in the FedExCup standings and 118th in the Official World Golf rankings.  

The Greenbrier Classic replaced the Buick Open in Flint, Michigan on the PGA Tour schedule in 2010.