Perez: 72-73 After Two At CIMB Classic

Pat Perez is back in action for this weeks CIMB Classic in Malaysia at Kuala Lampur Golf and Country Club. Perez fired an opening round 72 and followed with a second round 73—wrapping his final five holes after a temporary weather delay.

Thursday’s opening round got off to a consistent start, with five consecutive pars. Perez suffered a setback with a bogey on the par-four sixth, but responded with a birdie on seven and was back to even on the day.

Four pars followed before a bogey-par-par-bogey run between twelve and fifteen, dropping him back to plus-two on the day—but a strong birdie-birdie-par finish got Perez back to even after one.

Friday’s round opened par-bogey-birdie on ten through twelve, followed by nine consecutive pars. Perez then birdied the par-three fourth when player heard the horn blow once; signaling the immediate stoppage of play.

After play resumed, Perez went bogey-par-bogey before knocking down two final pars en route to 73. 

Without the PGATour’s ShotTracker efforts overseas this week, play-by-play and the standard post-round stats are not available.

The late round bogeys dropped Perez from T35th to T48th, but with no cut line for this week’s smaller field, the Tour veteran will have two days this weekend to make up for lost ground.

Saturday’s tee times have been announced, with Perez going off No. 10 at 8:35 a.m. local, with some unexpected comic relief as the pairing includes friend, Scottsdale neighbor and lover of obscure 80′s-era new wave, Tim Clark, as well as Anirban Lahiri.  

Perez : Off-Season Training, In-Season Gains

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez is back in action this week—making the long journey from Scottsdale to Los Angeles to Hong Kong and eventually Malaysia, where he set up shop days back, gearing up to compete in this week’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lampur Golf and Country Club.

Too many missed cuts down the stretch last season forced an autumn refocus for the fourteen-year veteran. Perez spent the past month getting comfortable with a more classic swing, while re-dedicating himself to becoming more core-strong, courtesy of trainer Garrett Holland back home in Scottsdale. 

Holland’s efforts with Perez are focused on regeneration, as well as overall core strength and better flexibility. With Perez on the road back-to-back weeks, trekking to Napa and Las Vegas, Holland acknowledged that there were some imbalances that needed to be worked out early in the week, but were quickly cleaned up due to Perez’s tenacity and adaptability. 

The recent workouts with Perez prior to the Malaysia journey focused mostly on kettle bells and band work. Holland emailed over some photos and notes regarding pre-CIMB Classic training sessions with Perez, complete with breakdowns of the exercises:

“In Photo #1 we start out with some Kettle Bell deep squats, with neutral activation—getting deep in squat stance with torso rotation and then adding the bells for resistance.

For this exercise we also use the Power Plate for neurological stimulation, which helps reshape any muscle pattern that is out of balance. As the picture shows, keeping the scapula back and down helps Pat to strengthen his core throughout his swing range of motion.

Photo #2 is just some basic mini-band work, where the goal is getting the glutes and core to turn on and fire correctly. 

The third image brings the Power Plate back into play, while I have Pat do some Kettle Bell hip rotation. We incorporate the Power Plate for more neurological stimulation, which helps reshape any imbalance in hip and core muscle patterns, all while enhancing stabilization.”  

Some other exercises Holland puts Perez through during their rigorous 90-minute training sessions, with routines displayed in the images above: 

Stability Ball Alternating Chest Press: “We do these for overall strength while engaging the core by keeping the hips up; a draw-in maneuver.”

Squats: “An integral part of the workout and done for overall power and repetition. No need to go super-heavy, either. Goal here is to keep the heels elevated, which allows the athlete to push through the glutes.”  

Plank w/Leg Lift: “This exercise challenges the athlete’s core, creating shoulder stability and again, focusing on firing the glutes.” 

Lunges: “Common exercise for overall leg strength.” 

TRX Hammer Curls w/Kettle Bell Press: “Great exercise that focuses on keeping the core right and engaged while performing a hamstring pull.” 

Medicine Ball Chest Press: “A great, old-school exercise that is great for the core. Improves strength and helps with overall explosiveness.” 

Both player and trainer will continue their efforts this off-season when Perez is in town, with the long-term goal of being in proper Tour-shape by mid-January for Waialae.

A west coast native, Perez is one of a handful of pros who will go Honolulu, La Quinta, Scottsdale, San Diego, Pebble Beach and Pacific Palisades without a breather. The six-week stretch seems like it could potentially put some wear-and-tear on the 38-year old, but as recently as last season only impacted his game in a positive way. 

Perez wound up playing his best golf of the season early last year, going T8th (Sony), T58th (Humana), T2nd (Farmers), 11th (Waste Management) and T7th (AT&T) over a five-week span—and will aim for the a similar start come January. 

Until then, the focus remains on Malaysia, Mayakoba and then Scottsdale, where Perez and Holland can be found weekdays, putting in work between now and the new year—getting core-strong and road-ready. 

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#PatPerezRENEWED Column Next Week

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez is headed to Malaysia for next week’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur and will bring a refound swing and stronger core across the globe, having gone back to his roots. 

Tune back in Monday for a two-part series with strength and conditioning coach Garrett Holland for a break down of what Perez has been working on off-the-course and stay tuned for an upcoming column regarding on-the-course changes.

Lots of chatter from Malaysia next week. Check back. 

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Perez Misses Cut At Summerlin, Finds Groove

It wasn’t the week Pat Perez envisioned when rolling into Las Vegas after missing the cut at the recent Frys.com Open in Napa—but like a handful of the lucky ones, the PGA Tour veteran will leave Sin City up, having answered some questions that plagued him the second half of this season.

Working on a new swing the better part of 2014—thriving courtesy of a blazing-hot putter from through Hilton Head—Perez faltered the latter half of the year, overly-focused on numbers and technology, opposed to the feel and style that helped him secure a Tour card fourteen consecutive seasons. 

The eureka moment didn’t earn the veteran a spot in this weekend’s Shriners Open For Children at TPC Summerlin—but the noticeable swing changes were apparent and could yield results as early as the CIMB Classic in Malaysia late October. 

After an opening round 72 on Thursday at Summerlin, Perez spent all afternoon on the range returning to his roots—the result visibly apparent on Friday, despite missing the cut by two strokes after a second-round 70. 

Gone were the scattered shots that plagued Perez’s game the past six months. Instead, an afternoon fueled by 15 pars, two birdies and an ill-timed bogey on the day’s seventeenth hole—sending his tee shot to the left rough on the par-three eighth and facing a 28-foot par putt, before eventually knocking down a six-footer for four. 

The tournament-defining setback of the week—an errant tee shot on the par-four fifteenth Thursday, where Perez took a drop after a 287-yard drive to the desert left in him in the shrubs. He eventually punched-out of the rocks with his Arizona State-emblazoned (and since damaged) wedge, where a 35-footer would’ve been necessary to simply save par. 

The remaining thirty-five holes—five birdies, three bogeys, twenty-seven pars—as well as some brilliant saves and too many putts that simply didn’t fall, despite a solid stroke and optimum speed, hole-after-hole. 

Despite all that, Perez exuded confidence and displayed a bounce in his step that’s been absent for months. A few shots simply didn’t fall, in typical unforgiving golf-god fashion—but a wry smile gave off the impression that Perez is in the process of figuring it all out. 

The quiet confidence exuded on Friday could easily carry over to the CIMB as the week-in/week-out pressure of making a cut won’t hover—affording Perez the opportunity to play his game, trusting his instinct and going after pins with that devil-may-care attitude that has suited him his storied career. 

After Malaysia, Perez will trek to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for his final event of the fall stretch—the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. From there, a six-week run with a like-minded swing coach back home in Scottsdale, in effort to return to his roots before the annual January trek to Waialae for the Sony Open

Admittedly, the past two weeks didn’t deliver the desired result and weekend finish Perez was looking for—but somewhere in that rubble, the veteran exorcised some demons and seemingly found the answers he’s been in search of for months. 

Opening Round 72 For Perez At TPC Summerlin

Pat Perez fired an opening round 72 at TPC Summerlin on Thursday at the Shriners Hospital For Children Open in Las Vegas. Perez wrapped the day eight strokes off the lead and T101st entering the second round.

Perez opened with a par on one and quickly birdied the par-four second. After hitting his drive 270 yards to the right fairway, a solid second shot flew 200 yards to the green, leaving an eight-footer for three. 

Another solid drive on the par-four third had Perez crushing it 284 yards to the right fairway, following up with a 182-yard second shot to the right rough. Perez got on the green in three, missing a 12-footer for par and dropping an almost four-foot put, getting him back to even after three.

Four consecutive pars followed—with a clutch nine-foot par putt on four—before a bogey on the par-three eighth. Perez hit his tee shot 186 yards to the right green side bunker, 56 feet from the hole. Shot two found the green, leaving Perez a 20-footer for par, which rolled wide, leaving a one-footer for four. 

Another string of pars followed—six consecutive—before a round defining drive on the par-four fifteenth. Perez’s drive went left and sailed 287 yards into a native area, where he was forced to take a drop.

Hitting off desert rock, Perez found the left fairway and faced a 35-footer for par. From there, a six-foot bogey putt and an eventual two-footer for six. 

Three-over on the day, Perez rallied and pulled out two birdies over the final three holes, bringing it back to plus-one on the day. A 304-yard drive and brilliant second shot on the par-five sixteenth left Perez an eight-foot eagle putt that didn’t break, leaving a three-footer for birdie. 

On the par-three seventeenth, a solid 207-yard shot to the green, where Perez left himself a 13-foot par putt, which he rolled in. The par-four eighteenth almost made is three birdies in a row after Perez crushed his drive 304 yards to the left intermediate, put his second shot on the green and almost slipped in a 15-footer for the three.

Instead, a three-foot par putt and opening round 72—followed by a three-hour range session in order to sort things out for Friday. 

Perez averaged 303.0 yards driving distance, 64.29 in driving accuracy percentage and 72.22 in greens in regulation. 

Perez goes off No. 10 at 12:00 p.m. PT for round two, where he’ll again be paired with Jason Kokrak and Trevor Immelman. Thursday’s opening round was suspended due to darkness, which could impact Friday’s start times. 

 

Perez In Vegas For Shriners Event At Summerlin

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez is back in action this week for the Shriners Hospital For Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Perez is coming off a missed cut at the Frys.com Open in Napa, California—struggling on Thursday, but bouncing back with a five-birdie effort on Friday.

Perez is no stranger to this Vegas-fueled event, playing the Invensys Classic as a rookie back in 2002, but missing the cut. From there, another missed cut at the Las Vegas Invitational in 2003.

Dubbed the Michelin Championship in 2004 and 2005, Perez finished T23rd and missed the cut, respectively.

Perez didn’t play the Frys.com Open in 2006 and in 2007 finished T30th in the Frys.com benefitting Shriners Hospital For Children.

Former NSYNC-er Justin Timberlake lent his name to the cause the next five years, with Perez gaining some ground, going T24th (2008) and T14th (2010), but sitting out in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Most-recently, a missed cut in 2013

Coming off a missed cut in Napa this past weekend, Perez bypassed a return home to Scottsdale and headed directly to Las Vegas, getting in a few rounds at TPC Summerlin.

After a Tuesday event at Shadow Ridge for the Coca-Cola Invitational with a handful of other PGA Tour pros, Perez will put in some work at Summerlin on Wednesday, getting in a practice round and heading back to the Ridge for an extra late-day round. 

Thursday’s tee time is set for 7:10 a.m. PT, where he’ll be paired with Trevor Immelman and Jason Kokrak. Friday’s go-time is 12:00 p.m. PT, where Perez and crew will go off of No. 10. 

Stay tuned for all the latest from TPC Summerlin and Sin City.  

Perez Misses Cut In Napa, Finds Some Answers

Pat Perez was back in action at this week’s Frys.com Open in Napa, CA at the Silverado Country Club, shooting a day one 77 and having too much ground to make up with Friday’s early morning round.

Perez carded a second round 73, but a deeper look at the scorecard showed an impressive turnaround, despite a few too many blemishes to mount a comeback and make the cut. 

Thursday round opened with back-to-back birdies and quickly derailed after Perez went bogey-bogey-double and was plus-four after five.

The day’s lone birdie came on the par-three seventh, with Perez knocking down a 26-foot putt for two, but back-to-back bogeys on ten and eleven put him at plus-five on the day, where he finished after seven consecutive pars to close out the round. 

As Perez shared via Twitter late Thursday, the Tour veteran spent the remainder of the afternoon on the range, working through some issues and the effort was certainly noticeable at times on Friday. 

Perez opened the day with a birdie on the par-four tenth, but gave two strokes back with a double on twelve, scrapping back from a penalty shot and eventually dropping a three-footer for six.

Adversity was immediately dealt with as Perez birdied the par-four thirteenth, hitting his drive 251 yards to the right rough, putting his second shot on the green and knocking down a 17-footer for three.

Three consecutive pars followed—including a nice save and nine-foot putt on the par-three fifteenth—as well as a birdie on the par-four seventeenth, where Perez stuck his second shot to within four feet for the easy tap-in.

One-under at the turn, Perez parred one, but bogey the par-three second when missing a three footer and settling for four. After a par on three, a monster setback with a triple on the par-four fourth—another hole where both driver and putter were an issue. 

Still, Perez responded with a strong finish—despite being eight strokes off the cut line with five to play.

A birdie immediately followed on the par-five fifth, courtesy of another stellar third shot, leaving a four-footer for four. Three consecutive pars followed before Perez capitalized on another par-five—sticking his second shot to within three feet and tapping in for four on his final hole of the day. 

When comparing Thursday’s and Friday’s rounds, Perez had one birdie yesterday to today’s five. Driving distance was also up from 268.2 yards to 285.5 on Friday.

While the end result was another missed cut—Friday provided some bright spots, leaving Perez with something to work with at home this weekend before making the trek to Las Vegas early next week for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.  


 

Tee Times Announced For Frys.com Open In Napa

Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Frys.com Open in Napa, CA at the Silverado Resort and Country Club. This is Perez’s first event since his FedExCup Playoffs run came to an end with a missed cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.

Perez has drawn the desired late/early tee times for rounds one and two—going at 12:15 p.m. PT on Thursday, followed up with a 7:15 a.m. PT start on Friday. He’s paired with Shawn Stefani and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano both days. 

The Frys.com Open got kicked off in 2007 and was a no-brainer event for Perez, hosted at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course—which he’s called home since 2003. It moved to the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, CA in 2010 and is gearing up for Silverado this week—it’s third home in eight years and uncharted waters for a solid PGA Tour field, ready to get back to work. 

Home cooking and a lay of the land certainly helped Perez when the event was at Grayhawk, going T6th (2007), T7th (2008) and T13th (2009). CordeValle wasn’t as kind, producing a T38th (2010) and missed cut (2011). Perez skipped the event in 2012 and had a T58th finish last season. 

Next up for Perez, a return to Las Vegas or the Shriners Hospital for Children Open at TPC Summerlin. Until then, follow all the Frys.com Open latest here and through PP’s social media channels—Twitter, Facebook and Instagram