Final Round 75; Perez Finishes T41st At Riviera

 

The west coast swing has come to an end and Pat Perez closed out with a T41st finish at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on Sunday afternoon.

Perez—one of few Tour pros who competed in all six events—has now made eight consecutive cuts (dating back to last November), proving that he and new swing coach Drew Steckel are getting thing back on track after Perez’s rough mid-to-second half of the 2014 season. 

Perez got off to a solid start in the Pacific Palisades last week, opening with a 69—fueled by four birdies, with the lone setback a double on the par-four tenth.

Another solid start on Friday, two-under at the turn, but a bogey-double bogey start on No. 1 put Perez plus one, though he got back to even after a chip-in birdie on the par-four third. Four consecutive pars followed, before a bogey-bogey finish en route to a 73.

A similar story on Saturday regarding a rough finish after a promising start. Perez was the picture of consistency, fighting for pars and picking up occasional birdies (No. 5, No. 9 and No. 11), sitting at three-under with two to play and again bogeying No. 17 and No. 18 for a third round 70.

One-under entering Sunday’s final round, Perez got off to a solid start with birdies on No. 1 and No. 2, but played the final sixteen holes six-over for a final round 75. Perez bogeyed No. 5, No. 11, No. 12 and No. 16 and carded a double bogey on the par-three sixth. 

Perez’s driving accuracy percentage on Sunday was 286.6 and he was 55.56% in greens in regulation. Perez also slipped from 44th to 46th in the latest FedExCup standings and he’ll have more ground to gain after a three-week layoff. 

After playing six-in-a-row, Perez announced via Twitter on Sunday night that he’ll take a few weeks off to rest up, regroup and take a delayed honeymoon, having gotten hitched over the New Year and a week before heading to Honolulu for the Sony Open. 

Perez will be back in action for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the week of March 16th and plans to participate in the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open, with an obvious goal of playing his way into The Masters early April. 

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Third Round 70 For Perez At Riviera

Pat Perez weathered the storm on Saturday at Riviera Country Club, putting together a third round 70 at the Northern Trust Open. Perez currently sits at one-under and T19th entering Sunday’s final round, seven strokes off the lead at one-under.

Perez opened with four consecutive pars before birdying the par-four fifth. After hitting his tee shot 268 yards to the left fairway, Perez knocked his second shot 164 yards to the green and knocked down the ten-footer for three. 

Three consecutive pars followed, including a a ten-foot par putt on No. 7 and a brilliant save on the par-four eighth. After hitting his tee shot 265 yards to the left rough and taking a drop, Perez stuck his third shot to nine feet and dropped a clutch par putt. On the par-three ninth, a 291-yard tee shot was followed up by a 21-foot birdie putt. 

Perez to three under on the day after a birdie on the par-five eleventh—draining the 11-footer for three—and went on to par five consecutive holes before a rough finish. Perez dropped a six-footer on No. 12, a 12-footer on No. 13 and a four-footer on No. 16, remaining three-under with two to play. 

Perez bogeyed the par-five seventeenth after a 36-foot birdie attempt rolled downhill and stopped 12-feet past the hole. Perez knocked the par attempt to within two feet and tape in for six. On the par-four eighteenth, an 11-foot par attempt lipped out, leaving Perez an eight-incher for five.

Perez averaged 289.7 yards driving distance, 47.62 in driving accuracy percentage and 50-percent in greens-in-regulation.

Sunday’s final round tee time is set for 9:17 a.m. where Perez will go off No. 1 with Hideki Matsuyama and Michael Putnam

Perez Cards Second Round 73 At Riviera

Pat Perez fired a second round 73 at the Northern Trust Open and Riviera Country Club proved a challenge, with the cut moving to plus-three by day’s end.

Perez parred No. 10 and followed up with a birdie on the par-five eleventh. After hitting his tee shot 300 yards to the left rough, Perez followed up with a 271-yard approach to the green, 49 feet from the hole. An eagle-attempt came up short, leaving a four-footer for four. 

After knocking down a six-foot par putt on No. 12, Perez bogeyed the par-four thirteenth, missing a seven-footer for three and setting up a two-footer for five.

Back-to-back pars followed before a two-hole birdie run. Perez drained a ten-footer on the   par-three sixteenth and capitalized on the par-five seventeenth, hitting his tee shot 310 yards to the right fairway and followed-up with a 221-yard second shot, also to the right fairway.

From there, Perez hit a 79-yard shot to the green and knocked down the seven-footer for three.  

Perez parred No. 18, but struggled at the turn and gave back three strokes over the span of two holes. After bouncing off the back of the green with a 233-yard shot that wound up in the right rough, Perez sent his third shot over the green and into the left rough. After his chip shot rolled ten feet past the hole, the par putt sailed past and left an 17-incher for six. 

On No. 2 Perez hit his tee shot 269 yards to the left rough and followed up with a 167-yard second shot to the front left green side bunker. A 15-foot bogey putt sailed long leaving a 7-incher for six. 

Backsliding, Perez immediately found a way to stop the bleeding on the par-four third, hitting his tee shot 284 yards to the right rough, his second shot 135 yards to the left rough and chipping in from 26 feet out, getting back to even on the day.

Perez parred the next four holes, including a brilliant save on the par-four seventh. After hitting his tee shot 254 yards to the fairway bunker, Perez got out of the sand and sent his second shot 114 yards to the right fairway and his third, 59 yards to the green, where he went on to drop a 26-footer for four. 

From there, back-to-back bogeys ended the round on a sour note, a five-footer lipping out on No. 8, followed by a 28-footer rolling wide on the par-four ninth, leaving a one-foot tap-in for five.

Perez averaged 290 yards driving distance on in round two, 50-percent in driving accuracy and 47.22-percent in greens-in-regulation.

Saturday’s tee times are yet to be announced as Friday’s round was suspended due to darkness. Round Two will resume at 7:00 a.m. PT and tee times for Round Three are expected to be set between 7:45 a.m. and 9:50 a.m., with Perez sitting at T26th entering the weekend.  

 

Opening Round 69 For Perez At Riviera

Pat Perez is bringing some of that Monterey mojo south, riding a recent T4th finish at Pebble Beach into a strong opening round at Riviera for the Northern Trust Open—two-under and T12th by day’s end. 

Perez got off to a strong start on Thursday, birdying two of the first three holes. Opening with a 309-yard drive on No. 1—a par-five—Perez hit his second shot 189 yards to the right rough and stuck his third shot three feet from the hole for the easy tap-in. 

After a par on No. 2, Perez hit his drive 307 yards to the right rough and punched his second shot 139 yards to the right rough, where he followed up with a 30-yard chip-in for three. 

After going par-par, Perez came strong with another birdie on the par-three sixth, hitting his tee shot 204 yards and leaving a ten-footer for two. From there Perez carded three consecutive pars, including a clutch seven-footer on No. 9, leaving him three-under at the turn. 

The day’s lone blemish came on the brutal par-four tenth, where Perez hit his tee shoot 225 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 88 yards to the left rear green side bunker.

On his first attempt out of the bunker, Perez’s ball hit the lip and rolled back down into his shoe print. His second try found the green and he was left with a 23-footer for bogey, eventually knocking down a two-footer for six. 

As has happened often this season, Perez immediately bounced back—in this case, birdying the par-five eleventh.

After hitting his tee shot 291 yards to the left fairway, Perez stuck his second shot 284 tads and 40 feet from the hole. A potential eagle putt came up three feet short, but Perez knocked down the birdie and got back to minus-two on the day. 

From there, a par-fest as Perez knocked down seven in a row. While some birdie opportunities didn’t come to fruition, some key par saves kept the round intact. Perez knocked down a ten-footer on the par-four fifteenth and a key four-footer on No. 18, closing the day with a strong 69. 

Perez averaged 281.5 yards driving distance on the day, 64.29 in driving accuracy percentage and 55.56-percent in greens in regulation. 

Friday’s tee time is set for 11:41 a.m. PT, where Perez will again be paired with Ricky Barnes and Bernd Wiesberger, going off of No. 10. 

NTO Tee Times & Perez’s History At Riviera

Pat Perez is in the Pacific Palisades this week preparing for his fourteenth consecutive year at Riviera Country Club, dating back to what was once the Nissan Open and is currently known as the Northern Trust Open.

Perez is coming off a solid week at Pebble Beach, where he went 66-68-68-68 en route to a T4th finish. He opened Sunday’s round of the famed AT&T pro-am with birdies on six of his first eight holes, struggled at the turn and tacked on one late bogey as he and his partner Michael Lund brought home the team trophy and 42-under. 

Riviera has been a bit of a mixed bag for Perez over the years. After making eight consecutive cuts dating back to his rookie season in 2002, Perez missed in 2010 and 2011. His best finish at the event was eighth outright back in 2007. 

The other finishes; 75th (2014), T51st (2013), T13th (2012), T30th (2009), T36th (2008), T77th (2006), T58th (2005), T74th (2004), T32nd (2003) and T32nd (2002). 

Per the norm, Perez enters this week’s event coming off five consecutive tournaments. West coast born and bred, Perez alway starts his season in Hawai’i and plays Palm Springs, San Diego, Scottsdale, Pebble Beach and Los Angeles, before taking his first off-week of the year. 

Tee times have been announced for this year’s Northern Trust Open, with Perez again getting the early / late draw that always seems to be his fate at Riviera. Thursday’s round tees off at 7:01 a.m. PT on No. 1 where Perez will be teamed with Ricky Barnes and Bernd Weisberger. Friday’s go-time is 11:41 a.m. PT where Perez will start on No. 10. 

Golf Channel will provide coverage all four days, while CBS will pick up the weekend action, running from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT both days. 

Perez is currently 44th in FedExCup standing, jumping up from 77th after last week’s run at Pebble Beach. 

Perez Finishes T4 At Pebble Beach; Wins Pro-Am

While it’s only mid-February and there’s still a ton of golf to play, veteran PGA Tour player Pat Perez appears to be “back”—and also looks like he’s having fun, both off- and on-the-course.

Perez wrapped the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with a T4th finish on Sunday, shooting a final round 68. Perez birdied six of his first eight holes, got to -19 and was briefly tied for the lead before a tough four-hole stretch.

Perez quickly stopped the bleeding, picked up a late birdie and finished four-under on the day—earning his best finish since T2nd at last year’s Farmer’s Insurance Open.

Equally as exciting for Perez, earning the pro-am title for his friend Michael Lund, who he’s teamed with at Pebble Beach the past four outings. Perez and Lund—an eight handicap—finished 42-under on the week and held on to win by two strokes, leading by three entering the day. 

After opening the week with a 66 at Pebble Beach and a 68 at Monterey Peninsula, Perez put together a clutch 68 at Spyglass on Saturday—his best career round on the challenging course—followed by today’s 68 in this week’s second crack at Pebble. 

Perez opened the final round with a 27-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and on the par-five second, a 50-foot chip left him a four-foot birdie putt which he knocked in.

On No. 3, an eight-footer rolled in for birdie and after a par on No. 4, another eight-footer on the par-three fifth. A 24-foot birdie putt dropped on the par-five sixth and on the par-four eighth, a 199-yard second shot left Perez a three-footer for three.

Back-to-back shots to the left rough left Perez an eight-footer for par on No. 9, which missed and a similar situation on No. 10, when Perez had to punch out of the rough and couldn’t knock down another eight-foot par putt—though he responded with a nine-foot par putt on the par-four eleventh. 

The day’s final bogey came on the par-three twelfth, where Perez’s tee shot flew 193 yards to the front center green side bunker. He chipped up and faced a 15-foot par putt, which was short and he knocked in the two-footer for four. 

Three consecutive par putts followed before Perez got one back on the par-four sixteenth. After hitting his tee shot 250 yards to the left rough, he his his second shot 160 yards to the green and knocked down a sixteen-footer for three. 

Perez went for the pin on the par-three seventeenth, hit the flag and landed on the fringe, where a birdie opportunity came up half a foot short.

On the par-five eighteenth, Perez’s tee shot went 224 yards to the right fairway and his third shot leaving a 24-footer for birdie that rolled wide. He went on to knock down the two-footer for par and immediate began coaching-up Lund on the final put that gave the team a two-stroke victory. 

The T4th finished moved Perez from 77th to 44th in the new FedExCup standings—something he’ll look to improve upon this coming week at the Northern Trust Open.

Perez has played all five west coast events and will finish a six-week run in Los Angeles this week, before taking a few weeks off and returning for the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook. 

Perez Goes 66-68 At Pebble Beach & Monterey

Pat Perez is nine-under after two and remains in the hunt at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am going into the weekend. Perez fired a 66 at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Thursday and followed up with a second round 68 at Monterey Peninsula on Friday. 

Thursday’s opening round started on No. 10, where Perez strung together three consecutive pars before nabbing the day’s first birdie on the par-three thirteenth. After hitting his drive 285 yards to the right fairway, Perez followed up with a 112-yard approach shot, leaving him a four-footer for birdie.

From there, three more pars before closing the back-nine with a birdie-eagle finish. Perez knocked down a 17-footer for birdie on No. 17 before an incredible third shot on No. 18.

After hitting his tee shot 272 yards, nestling it to the the right of the iconic Cypress tree mid-fairway. Perez then his his second shot 248 yards to the right rough and chipped in for eagle from 35 yards out, putting him a four-under at the turn. 

From there Perez put together a three-birdie front nine—the lone blemish, a bogey on the par-three fifth. 

On the par-five second, Perez hit his tee shot 272 yards to the right fairway and followed up with a 228-yard second shot to the front left green side bunker. From there he stuck his  third short 56 feet, leaving a two-footer for four. On the par-four fourth, Perez hit his tee show 225 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 113 yards to the green, where he knocked down a six-footer for birdie. 

A nine-footer for par on No. 5 went wide, leaving a four-incher for bogey, but Perez got it back on No 7, rolling in a 35-footer for birdie on the par three. Back-to-back pars game on No. 8 and No. 9, closing out the six-under round. 

On Friday Perez opened with bogey and after four consecutive pars, went birdie-par-par-birdie to get to one-under at the turn. From there, a four-hole birdie tear, putting Perez at four-under on the day with six to play. 

Perez went on to bogey the par three-fourteenth, pushing his second shot six feet past the hole, sending his par putt wide and tapping in for four. He got one back on the par-five sixteenth, but missed a five-footer for par on No. 18, dropping back to nine-under on the tourney. 

Perez averaged 286 yards driving distance, 77.78% driving accuracy and 77.78% in greens in regulation on Friday. As of 3:00 p.m. PT, Perez prepares for the weekend three strokes off the lead and T12th. 

Next up, a shot at Spyglass Hill where Perez goes off No. 10 at 9:39 a.m.