PatPerezGolf.com: Throwback Thursday

Pat Perez is going with a Sun Devil-themed pic for Throwback Thursday in honor of Arizona State kicking off their football season tonight at home against the Weber State Wildcats.

Perez has since sold this one-of-a-kind maroon and gold bike, but rolled it around Tempe and Scottsdale around 2007-2008.

The Sun Devils kick off this season ranked No. 19 in the poll after a warm-up this weekend and a road trip to New Mexico next season face a trying five-game stretch—@Colorado (9/13), UCLA (9/25), @Southern Cal (10/4), Stanford (10/18) and @Washington (10/25). Two weeks later, Arizona State welcomes Notre Dame (11/8). 

Look for Perez in Tempe this PGA Tour off-season, showing his passion for his alma mater and rooting on ASU from somewhere inside Sun Devil Stadium. #ForkEm

 

Deutsche Bank Championship Tee Times & History

The FedEx Cup Playoffs remain underway at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship and Pat Perez is playing to stay alive after not seeing the weekend at The Barclays last week. The missed cut dropped Perez from 74th to 87th and Top 70 earn a spot in next week’s BMW Championship in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.

Perez’s history at TPC Boston has resulted in five made cuts, one missed and a WD over the seven years since the FedEx Cup has gotten underway. Perez’s best finish came in 2008 where he wrapped T21st. There were also a T26th (2012), T27th (2009), T61st (2011) and T70th (2013) finishes, as well. 

Tee times are set for this week’s event at TPC Boston, with Perez going of No. 10 at 1:52 p.m. ET on Friday and off No. 1 at 9:32 a.m. ET on Saturday. He’s paired with Chesson Hadley and John Huh both days. The event will wrap on Labor Day. 

75-73 At The Barclays; Headed To TPC Boston

Pat Perez shot a second round 73 at Ridgefield Country Club on Friday, missing the cut at The Barclays in the opening event of the FedExCup Playoffs. Perez got off to a rough start, with bogeys on one and four, before carding a birdie on the par-four fifth. 

After hitting his tee shot 257 yards to the right rough, a stellar second shot found the green and left him a seven-footer for a three. One-over after five, Perez strung together six consecutive pars before a bogey-par-bogey stretch, putting him at plus-three on the day. 

Perez responded with a birdie on the par-four sixteenth, hitting his tee shot 306 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 116 yards to the green, setting up a five-foot birdie putt. Back-to-back pars closed out the round. 

Perez wrapped the afternoon averaging 276.8 yards driving distance, 64.29% in driving accuracy and 55.56% in greens-in-regulation. 

Perez is currently 74th in the FedExCup standings and is currently projected to fall somewhere around 87th.

Top 100 will participate in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship and Perez will have to make a run to crack the Top 70 for the following week’s BMW Championship in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.  

 

Perez: Opening Round 75 At The Barclays

Pat Perez fired a 75 at Ridgefield Country Club in the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays on Thursday. Two double bogeys derailed what was otherwise a consistent round for Perez—who fought adversity early and rebounded strong, but struggled down the stretch. 

Picking up a quick par on No. 10, Perez found trouble on his second hole of the day—the par-four eleventh. After hitting his tee shot 273 yards to the left fairway, Perez wound up in the right rough twice and was on in four, knocking down a four-footer for six. 

Plus-two after two, Perez went par-birdie-bogey-birdie over the next four holes.

A 301-yard drive on the par-five-thirteenth and 206-yard second shot to the right fairway was followed by a 109-yard third shot which found the green and left him a seven-footer for four. On the par-three fifteenth Perez stuck his tee shot within two feet of the hole, leaving a tap-in for birdie.

Perez parred the final three holes of the back nine and picked up his third and final birdie of the day on No. 1—a par-four. After a 280-yard tee shot, Perez stuck his second shot on the green and left himself a 15-footer for three, getting him back to even on the day. 

From there, a handful of pars and and three more setbacks that cost Perez four strokes—bogeys on four and five and another double on the par-three eighth.

After hitting his tee shot 215 yards to the left rough, Perez’s second shot wound up in the right side green bunker. Shot three found the green, setting up a 53-footer for bogey. Perez wound up dropping a 17-incher for double.

With an early Thursday tee time for Perez, half the field is yet to take a crack at Ridgefield. As of 12:30 p.m. ET, Perez is currently nine strokes off the lead and T75th. 

Friday’s tee time is set for 12:31 p.m. ET, where Perez will need to go low in order to see the weekend in Paramus. 

 

Tee Times Announced For The Barclays

Pat Perez is in Paramus, New Jersey for The Barclays this week—the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs, taking place at Ridgewood Country Club.

Tee times have been announced for the first two rounds and Perez will go off of No. 10 at 7:31 a.m. ET on Thursday and No. 1 at 12:11 p.m. ET on Friday. He’ll be paired with Scott Langley and Chesson Hadley both days.

Perez missed the cut at Ridgewood in 2008 and finished T60th in 2010.  

FedExCup Underway Starting With Barclays

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez is back in action this week, New Jersey-bound for the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays. Ridgewood Country Club will host this week’s event.

Perez sat out last week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina having flown from the PGA Championship to Rancho Santa Fe, California for his family’s Operation Game On charity tournament.

OGO supports combat-injured troops, by introducing them and outfitting them for the game of golf. Lifestyle website theCHIVE is partnering with Perez moving forward and participated in last week’s event.

Perez enters this week’s event 74th in the FedExCup standings, which earns him a spot in this week’s event, as well as the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston next week. He’ll have to climb into the Top 70 to play in the BMW Championship in Colorado two weeks from now and Top 30 to get a coveted slot in the Tour Championship in Atlanta mid-September. 

The FedExCup Playoffs were announced late 2005 and went into effect the 2006 season PGA Tour season.

Perez’s overall history in the event has been tepid—usually the result of a slow start at The Barclays—which will be played at Ridgewood for the third time since 2006, having also been held at Plainfield Country Club, Bethpage Black and Liberty National. 

Perez missed the cut at Ridgewood in 2008 and finished T60th in 2010.

There were also missed cuts at Westchester (2007) and Liberty (2009, 2013) and a W/D at Plainfield (2011). Perez’s best finish at The Barclays came at Bethpage (2012) where he wrapped T38th. From there a T26th finish in Boston got him to the third round and into the BWM Championship. 

Perez is headed from Scottsdale to Paramus this morning, where he’ll head directly to the range to begin this week’s routine. Tune in all week for the latest from The Barclays.   

 

Pat Perez Callaway Golf ‘Friday Office Tip’

http://youtu.be/ZbHrkBgBvok

The Callaway Golf “Friday Office Tip” filmed at headquarters with AJ Voelpel went live today. Give it a spin. PP teaches viewers how to hit a low utility iron shot—offering up the following advice; ball back in stance, lean club up and forward to decrease loft and keep club face slightly closed while hitting down.

Also pay attention for a little Three Amigos shout-out at video’s end where Perez talks about sending his second shot into the “singing bush”.

Thanks again to #TeamCallaway for the invite. Always on board for fun-spirited segments like these! 

Third Round 71 For Perez At PGA Championship

Pat Perez fired a third consecutive 71 on “moving day” at the PGA Championship on Saturday—again, consistent with the pars, while limiting mistakes on a major-set-up course. 

Perez opened the third round at Valhalla with five consecutive pars, before taking a step backwards with his first double bogey of the week. Perez’s drive went 248 yards to the left fairway, but trouble came on his second shot, which went 136 yards to the native area.

After punching his third shot back onto the fairway, Perez didn’t reach the green until his fifth shot, eventually dropping an 18-inched for a six. 

Like he has several times this week at Valhalla, Perez responded to adversity with some clutch play—immediately birdying the par-five seventh. After driving 253 yards to the left fairway, Perez hit his second shot 205 yards and left himself a three-foot tap-in for three.

Four consecutive pars followed, before a bogey on the par-four twelfth—where Perez sunk an 11-footer to avoid a double. A potential birdie opportunity presented itself on the par-three fourteenth, where Perez’s tee shot landed on the green, leaving a 12-footer for birdie, but the putt came up short and a tap-in kept him at plus-two on the day.

Perez parred the next three holes and with the day’s final par-five remaining, went for broke and was rewarded. After bombing his drive 289 yards to the left fairway, Perez hit his second shot 240 yards to the green, leaving himself a seven-footer for eagle, which he dropped—making up for the blunder on six and getting back two strokes and to even on the day. 

Perez finished the day averaging 280 yards driving distance, 66.67% in driving accuracy and 70.37% in greens-in-regulation.

With half the field still on the course as of 3:00 p.m. ET, Perez is currently sitting at T58th. Rory McIlroy still leads at nine-under, Jason Day and Jim Furyk are one back and three players are seven under. Three players have carded rounds of 66—Sergio Garcia, Marc Warren and Brooks Koepka—which is currently the low round at Valhalla thus far today.

Sunday’s tee times will be announced in a few hours. Stay tuned. 
 

71-71 Gets Perez To Weekend At Valhalla

Pat Perez endured some late afternoon shower en route to a second round 71 at Valhalla on Friday. Even par after 36 holes, Perez will see the weekend at the PGA Championship, teeing off at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, looking to gain some ground.

Rory McIlroy leads a nine-under, with Jason Day and Jim Fyruk a stroke back. Three players are tied at seven-under.

Perez got off to a solid start Friday, birdying the par-five tenth. After hitting his drive 272 yards to the left fairway, Perez was on the green in three and knocked down a 28-foot birdie for a four. 

Five consecutive pars followed, before giving one back on the par-four sixteenth—eventually facing a 36′ par putt that came up short. 

Another string of pars—seven in a row—as the rain came down at Valhalla. Perez eventually bogeyed the par-four sixth—plus-one on the event and on the cut line—but came back strong with a birdie on the par-five seventh.

After hitting his drive 276 yards to the left rough, a 175-yard shot to the left intermediate followed. Perez put his third shot on the green, leaving himself a 14-footer for birdie, which he dropped.

Back-to-back pars closed out the round—with a potential birdie opportunity on nine—an another 71 was in the books. Perez averaged 281.3 yards driving distance, 63.89% greens-in-regulation and 64.29% in driving accuracy percentage.  

 

Perez: Opening Round 71 At PGA Championship

Pat Perez is back in action for this week’s PGA Championship and fired an opening-round 71 at Valhalla. 

Consistency proved to be the name of Perez’s game under optimum conditions in Louisville late Thursday morning. Perez wrapped the day with 16 pars, one birdie and a bogey. 

Perez opened with four consecutive pars before carding his lone birdie of the day on the par-four fifth. Some long birdie opportunities were there for Perez holes one through four, leaving some very makable pars. 

The bogey on five was the result of a 287-yard drive into a fairway bunker, followed by a 150-yard second shot to the right green-side bunker. A six-footer for par didn’t fall, leaving Perez a 17″ bogey putt. 

Eight consecutive pars followed, including some solid saves. On the par-four sixth, Perez hit his drive 277 yards to the left rough and a second shot went 193 yards, again to the left rough. A third shot flew 95 yards to the green, leaving a three-inch putt for par. 

On the par-three eighth, Perez stuck his opening shot 190 yards to the green, where he dropped an eight-footer for par. On the par-five tenth, a 13-footer putt for par. 

The day’s lone birdie came on the par-three fourteenth, where Perez hit his 203-yard tee shot to within 14′ and dropped his longest putt of the afternoon, getting back to even on the day. 

Four consecutive pars closed out the day, with a missed birdie opportunity on the par-five eighteenth, where a 13-footer for birdie came up short, leaving a 9″ par putt. 

Perez wrapped the day averaging 284.5 yards in driving distance, 61.11% in greens-in-regulation and 71.43% in driving accuracy. 

For Perez’s first major of the season—and in the wake of swing changes and a recent slump—it was a solid opening round at Valhalla on Thursday. 

Friday’s round gets underway late afternoon—2:40 p.m. local time—where Perez will again be paired with Brendan Steele and Rob Corcoran