Pat Perez : PGA Tour’s Fall Schedule

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez is gearing up for the kickoff to the 2014-2015 season and setting his fall schedule. Perez has been off since the third round of the FedExCup Playoffs, missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston and not qualifying for Colorado’s BMW Championship.

Perez has spent the past month grinding at home in Scottsdale—both at the range and in the gym, working on core strength exercises with trainer Garrett Holland.

Perez’s return to tournament action will take place the week of October 6th at the Open at the Silverado Resort in Napa, California. From there Perez is Las Vegas-bound for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, taking place at TPC Summerlin the week of October 13th. 

From there Perez is hoping to play the CIMB Classic at Kaula Lampur Golf and Country Club in Kaula Lampur, Malaysia the week if October 27th. If not, a return to The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia could be in the cards the week prior. 

Regardless, Perez would close out the fall season at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico the week of November 10th.  

Perez participated in four events last fall, helping jumpstart the 2014 PGA Tour season, playing the Open (T58th), the Shriners Hospital for Children Open (CUT), The McGladrey Classic (T48th) and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (T16th), before a strong January west coast run, including three Top 10 finishes—Sony Open (T8th), Farmers Insurance Open (T2nd) and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (T7th). 

Perez wrapped the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season 98th in the FedExCup standings, reeling in $1,314,497 over 25 events. : Throwback Thursday

With the FedExCup Playoffs in the rearview and the fall season weeks from kicking off, Pat Perez is spending the downtime working on his game, training his core and putting in some preliminary work for his charity golf tournament in Scottsdale, supporting combat-injured veterans. 

Preparations for event have us going through the image vault and pulling out this gem from Sunday April 13th, 2003. Perez had just wrapped his first Masters in Augusta and hitched a ride to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with bud John Daly, who stopped by to pick up the crew. 

The boys rolled directed into the House of Blues for night one of “Monday After The Masters”, the charity tournament and concert put on by Hootie and the Blowfish, which Perez has played a handful of times since.

Here in this shot, Perez is flanked left-to-right by Daly, legendary rock-n-roll manager Doc McGee (Bon Jovi, KISS, Motley Crue, Skid Row, et al) and longtime friend/brand manager, Chris Bello.

Perez will spend the next few weeks training and putting together details for his Operation Game On event in Scottsdale (launching November 2015), before heading to Northern California for the Open at Silverado Resort, kicking off Thursday October 9th. 

Perez Focused On Off-Season Core Training

PGA Tour player Pat Perez is out of the FedExCup Playoffs, but is still putting in work and gearing up for the upcoming fall season. Perez will be back in action early October for the Open in Northern California and is spending the down time in the gym. 

Perez is training in Scottsdale with Garrett Holland, whose goal is to have the 13-year Tour pro strengthen the core. Holland explains: 

My focus is to have Pat strengthen his core. This ranges from the shoulders to the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor are those muscles around the hips, pelvis and lower back/spine area.

Getting intrinsic muscles to fire on their own so they’re not dependent on the recruitment of other larger muscle groups to perform in action, causing them to shut off—that’s what we’re working towards. 

Example of some of the exercises we’ve been working on are, Glute Bridge w/Medicine Ball Squeeze, Hip Crossover w/Medicine Ball Squeeze, TRX Row w/Scapula Retraction and Stability-Single Leg Stance w/Side Shoulder Raises. 

We’re also working on overall strength and endurance, incorporating Olympic and cardio-based resistance training. 

Some of the coaching cues I give Pat when training: 

(1) Draw-In Maneuver — Belly-button to spine and posterior pelvic tilt. 
(2) Posterior View — Scapula in towards spine and down towards hips. 
(3) Fire The Glutes — Activate by squeezing. 

These are a few examples we work on to get the muscles firing synergistically so that Pat isn’t using strength of larger muscles to overcome the slack or lack thereof those stability muscles.

These exercises are important for strength and flexibility. If not done correctly, the athlete will never reach their optimum level of performance. 

Holland trains out of Lifetime Fitness in Scottsdale and is available for standard personal training, as well as golf-related core training. Find him on Twitter and Instagram