Tee Times Announced For PGA Championship

Tee times have been announced for this year’s PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky and Pat Perez—a final hour addition to the mix—drew mid-morning and mid-afternoon tee times. 

Paired with Brendan Steele and Rob Corcoran, Perez goes off No. 1 on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and Friday’s go-time is 2:40 p.m. off No. 10. 

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Pat Perez Officially In PGA Championship

This past off-week itself had all the drama of a major championship for Pat Perez, who started out second alternate for the upcoming PGA Championship but by day’s end Sunday, was officially in the event.

Perez missed the cut in last week’s RBC Canadian Open, where reaching the weekend would’ve ensured his spot in the upcoming major. Instead, back home to Scottsdale to practice and wait. 

The late-week suspension of Dustin Johnson moved Jerry Kelly into the event and had Perez making travel plans as first alternate, trusting the odds that this weekend’s WGC Bridgestone winner wouldn’t need the exemption.

The hunch proved correct when Rory McIlroy took home the title, knocking off Sergio Garcia by two strokes. 

Sunday’s final round in Akron also saw Tiger Woods withdrawing with a back injury, with all signs pointing to the veteran missing next week’s event at Valhalla and opening up yet another spot.

In 13 seasons on Tour, Perez has played in the PGA Championship seven times, where he’s missed the cut twice (2006 and 2009). His best finish to date was T6th in 2005, at Baltusrol in New Jersey.

An opening round 68 had Perez T7th after one and after a pedestrian Friday round of 71, he returned with a 67 on Saturday and slid into T4th. 

Sunday was highlighted with a rain delay and Perez wrapped up his final round Monday morning—a 73 and three strokes behind eventual winner Phil Mickelson, who led wire-to-wire. 

Perez’s next-best effort was a T18th finish at Southern Hills in Tulsa in 2007 and from there, T21st at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Outside of those, Perez finished T58th in 2008 (Oakland Hills in Michigan) and 70th as a rookie in 2002 (Hazeltine in Minnesota). 

While Valhalla is a ball-strikers course and fits Perez’s overall game, it’s been a rough couple of months scoring-wise, dating back to late-May and a missed cut at Colonial—Perez’s first of the year.

Since then, Perez has missed three more cuts (Quicken Loans National, John Deere Classic and RBC Canadian Open) and finished T69th at Memorial as well as T75th at Greenbrier, where he played three and wrapped with a MDF. 

Perez has spent all season working through swing changes with Las Vegas-based coach Joe Mayo, getting off to a hot start but cooling as of late. Perez explained that, and more, to Harry Arnett in a recent Callaway Talks segment

“I finally understand how to play the game and how to hit shots, how the ball flies and what it does,” Perez told Arnett. 

Arnett dug deeper, admittedly going “techhy”, asking Perez what he was doing before with his golf swing and pressing on what’s in the process of being changed. 

“The main thing we worked on for about nine hours yesterday at the test center, I roll the face open—I had too strong of a grip and I roll the face open and the club gets laid off that way [gesturing behind him] and that’s just dead. That was taught to me a while ago and it’s been in there for years and just killed me,” explained Perez about a recent session with Mayo at the Ely Callaway Performance Center

“If you take my positions compared to an Adam Scott or a Rory [McIlroy] or somebody that can really, really hit it—my positions are off in every position,” Perez said, while opening up about his strategy to plan for the next dozen years and raising the bar. 

Changes aside, what Perez has shown this season is that on any given week—even with an in-between swing—he has the game to compete and make runs. After opening the season with a T8th finish at the Sony Open, Perez tamed Torrey Pines’ South Course and finished 2nd at the Farmers Insurance Open. 

A week later, 11th at the Phoenix Open, followed by T7th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Two more Top 20′s came at the Valero Texas Open (T11th) and RBC Heritage (T18th). 

After 22 event this season, Perez has racked up just shy of $1.3M in earnings, making 17 cuts, picking up three Top 10′s and sits 66th in the FedExCup standings and 136th in the Official World Golf Rankings, prior to Monday’s recalculation. 

A big week in Valhalla would go a long way, but based on where this season started, where the swing changes reside, a handful of missed cuts and alternate status until Sunday afternoon, making the most of the start and giving it a run is a victory in itself. 

PatPerezGolf.com: Operation Game On

http://youtu.be/ngLM6lb5e_Y

Our “Operation Game On” event is just over a week out and due to some recent posts about theCHIVE (as well as theBRIGADE) in talks to team up with Pat Perez about a grander scale event in 2015, a lot of emails have come in asking about OGO. 

Here’s a video Tony Perez and his OGO foundation put together a year or so ago. We’ve recently added it to PP’s official YouTube channel so you can hear some amazing stories from our guys Saul, Davey and Jacque.

While this year’s event at Morgan Run Golf Club on Monday August 11th is all but sold out, it will return to San Diego next August, while the inaugural “Pat Perez Operation Game On, In Partnership with theCHIVE” event is set to launch in in Scottsdale, November 2015. 

Click here for more on Operation Game On in its current format and please support our troops.