Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational Tee Times

Coming off a T69th finish at last week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Pat Perez shot up to Northern California this week for the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational.

Founded in 1972, the C.P.B.I. matches players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Tours. All players golf in head-to-head competition for the same purse, along with teams of four amateurs who are matched with a different pro each each day. (The event’s innovative tee-placement system, based on the average length of shots in each Tour makes this competition possible.)

Following the first 3 rounds of tournament play, there will be a 54 hole cut to 10 amateur teams, plus all ties, and the low 40 professionals and ties.

Practice rounds remain underway through today, with the official action starting off tomorrow, where Perez will play Pebble Beach at 10:12 a.m., going off No. 10. On Friday Perez will take on Del Monte at 9:28 a.m., again starting No. 10 and Saturday’s round will take place at Spyglass, going of No. 1 with an 8:11 a.m. tee time.

For Perez, the three-to-four-day event comes as a relatively pressure-free way to wrap his season. The Tour veteran is working through swing changes with coach Drew Steckel and will continue this off-season. This event also gives Perez an early look at Pebble Beach prior to the annual AT&T National Pro-Am, taking place the week of February 9th. 

Perez is coming off a T7th finish at the 2014 event, firing 69-70-71-71 last season.  

T69th Finish For Perez At OHL Classic

Pat Perez got off to a blazing start on Thursday, firing at 66 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, but slowed down over the next three rounds and wound up wrapping the event T69th.

Six birdies and one bogey were the key to an almost-flawless opening round, but the setbacks began on the back nine Friday, with Perez losing five strokes over a five hole-span, but a furious front-nine rally had Perez back at even after four birdies between No. 2 and No. 6. 

Saturday’s “moving day” round was again plagued by too many bogeys. Perez went on to birdie No. 13, No. 3 and No. 5, but mistakes on No. 11, No. 14, No. 18 and No. 9 led to a third round 72. 

Two-under on the event entering Sunday, Perez found trouble on the par-four fourteenth—a hole he went double bogey-bogey-double bogey on the final three days of the event. He responded with a comeback birdie on the par-three fifteenth and was plus-two at the turn, having bogey the day’s opening hole, as well. 

On the front nine, a bogey-bogey-par start was followed by birdies over three of the next four holes. Perez went on to close the event with a bogey on the par-four ninth, carding a final round 72 at El Camaleon.

Perez averaged 282.5 yards driving distance on the week, 62.50 in driving accuracy percentage and 59.72 in greens-in-regulation. He picked up 18 birdies on the week, but gave back a dozen bogeys and had three costly doubles, Friday and Sunday combined.

With the PGA Tour fall season coming to a close, Perez will play one final event at Pebble Beach for Callaway Golf this week (Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational) and will spend the rest of the year working with new swing coach Drew Steckel as well as trainer Garrett Holland in regards to an off-season fitness regime.

Perez will be back in full PGA Tour action the week of January 12th, heading back to Honolulu for the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club, where he finished T7th last season.

Perez Goes 66-73; Makes Cut At OHL Classic

Pat Perez was birdie-happy again at El Camaleon on Friday at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, but three bogeys and two doubles a derailed a would-be second round that could’ve rivaled Perez’s opening round 66. 

Perez carded six birdies on Thursday, only giving one back with bogey on the par-four fifteenth. Friday’s round proved to be the opposite, with Perez struggling early, scrapping back late and putting together a respectable round of 73, despite giving seven strokes back. 

Starting on the par-three tenth, Perez went par-par out the gate, before bogeying the par-four twelfth. After birdying the par-five thirteenth, Perez was back to even, but notched two double bogeys in a three-hole span—fourteen and sixteen; both par-fours. 

Perez regrouped with three consecutive pars before picking up four birdies over the next five holes, taking the scenic route back to even on the day. From there, a bogey-par-bogy finish got it back to two-over and a 73 was in the books. 

As for the seven-stroke differential between rounds—part of the process when working to undo old habits, while implementing new ones. Swing coach Drew Steckel chimed in regarding what he and Perez have been working on and will continue with this off-season. 

“The main thing we’re working on with Pat is not opening the face in his backswing, while laying the club off at the top of his swing. When he lays the shaft off, he steepens the plan and opens the face.

As for the bigger picture, Steckel explained, “We’re getting Pat refocused on playing golf and being a competitor. Working on and being picky about his swing—it has a time and place. Right now he’s clearing his head and focusing on all those positives that making him a great player.”

With the cut-line hovering at three-under, Perez is right on the number and T59th with just over a dozen competitors remaining on the course around 4:00 p.m. local time—assuring him of seeing the weekend at El Camaleon and giving him 36 more holes and some necessary range time to continue working out the kinks with Steckel. 

Saturday’s tee times will be announced shortly. Tune into for all this weekend’s coverage. 

(Update: Third round tee times have been announced and Perez will go off No. 10 at 10:35 a.m. local, paired with Spencer Levin and Freddie Jacobsen.)

Perez Cards Opening Round 66 At Mayakoba

Grinding away on the range earlier this week, Pat Perez admitted it was the best he’d been hitting the ball since five years back when winning the Bob Hope Classic.

Today, that revelation proved correct as Perez topped the leaderboard at times and wrapped the day with an opening round 66 at El Camaleon for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Perez’s turnaround began a few weeks back in Las Vegas when he started working Drew Steckel, with the end goal of getting back to his vintage swing and hitting nice, tight draws again—which he and Steckel have spent the past month working towards. 

One errant shot and a double bogey on Thursday at the Shriners Hospital For Children Open proved the difference-maker regarding the cut, but Perez left Vegas a winner, feeling back on track and comfortable with his swing for the first time in months. 

Perez continued to dial-in the changes two weeks back in Malaysia, where he finished T33rd at the CIMB Classic—highlighted by a final five holes on Sunday that included two eagles and a birdie, with things continuing to trend upwards after one round in Cancun. 

Perez opened with back-to-back pars, before going birdie-par-birdie. Five consecutive pars followed, putting him two under after ten. From there, Perez caught fire, knocking down four straight birdies and getting to six-under on the day. 

The day’s lone blemish came on the par-three fifteen, where Perez bogeyed, but back-to-back-to-back pars closed out the opening round 66 and have him in position for a Friday run and currently one stroke off the lead. 

Perez’s second round at Mayakoba gets underway at 10:45 a.m. local and he’ll again be paired with Freddie Jacobson and Nicholas Thompson

Pat Perez Getting On Track For Mayakoba

Pat Perez is back in action this week, gearing up for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Perez spent today on the range at El Camaleon in Playa del Carmen, working on his swing and working to get back to his play on the final holes at the recent CIMB Classic at Kuala Lampur in Mayalsia. 

For those who missed the action due to a half day-plus time change, Perez finished five-under on the event and T33rd—saving the best for last.

After opening 72-73 on Thursday and Friday, Perez carded a third round 69—getting to five-under on the day, birdying four of five holes between 17 and 3. A weather delay killed some momentum and Perez bogeyed back-to-back holes down the stretch, finishing the day three-under.

On Sunday, another round where Perez was firing at pins, trusting his swing and making some shots—none better than a hole-out from 150 yards away for eagle.

Perez picked up three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine, leaving him one-under at the turn. From there, par-par-bogey-bogey turned a good round south very quickly—plus-one with five to play.

Perez then eagled the par-five fifth, bogeyed six, holed out for two on the par-four seventh, birdied eight and parred nine for a final round 69.

While Perez will be the first to admit there were too many bogeys at Kuala Lampur (13 on the week), there were equally as many good shots, convincing the 14-year veteran that he’s back on the right track.

Perez 14 birdies and two eagles were a step in the right direction, as was his overall ball-striking and consistency. 

Perez has only played Mayakoba twice in its seven-year existence; it’s inaugural event in 2007 (where he wrapped T13th) and last season, when it became a full-fledged fall event and he finished T16th. 

Perez will tee it up this Thursday at 6:15 a.m. local time on No. 1 and is paired with Freddie Jacobson and Nicholas Thompson. Friday’s round is set to go off No. 10 at 10:45 a.m. local.  

Third Round 69 For Perez At CIMB Classic

Third round action has been completed at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia and Pat Perez sits at two-under with one day remaining at the CIMB Classic

Perez got off to a solid start, opening with back-to-back pars before picking up a birdie on the par-four third. From there, four consecutive pars before birdying four of the next five holes—including three consecutive from No. 17 through No. 1. 

Like Friday’s round, the rain rolled back in and another weather delay was in effect. Upon the return, Perez picked up back-to-back bogeys on the par-four sixth and seventh, dropping him to three-under on the day, putting a damper on a blazing round. 

Perez will tee it up at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, paired with Charlie Wi and Jason Knutzon. From there, a trek back to Scottsdale and a down week before heading to Playa del Carmen for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba