Perez Back In Action For Players Championship

Pat Perez closed out the RBC Heritage with a final round 70 and T26th finish before taking a week off to recharge his batteries, trekking down to Bakers Bay in the Bahamas for the annual member-guest. Back in Scottsdale, Perez will use this week to practice and sharpen his skills for what will be a five-week run where he’ll look to make a charge. 

Perez enters this week 58th in the FedExCup standings, with the goal of making some moves, starting with next week’s PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass. From there Perez will trek to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, followed by back-to-back weeks in the Lone Star state, taking on Colonial and the always-spirited Byron Nelson Classic

From there it’s up to Murifeild for Jack’s tourney—the Memorial—followed by a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier on Monday morning as Perez looks to play his way into this year’s event at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington. 

To date Perez has played 14 events on the season, having made 11 cuts, putting together four Top 25 finishes—including a T4th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he also took home the pro-am title with his partner, Michael Lund. 

Perez’s best finish since; T11th at the Shell Houston Open, on the heels of a T20th wrap-up the previous week in San Antonio, where Perez braved Thursday’s early wave and some brutal weather conditions, going 71-69-72 after an opening-round 78. 

Where Perez is playing consistent golf right now and appears primed for a breakout, such wasn’t the case this time last season as things began to unravel soon after a T18th finish in Hilton Head.

Perez took two weeks off before returning for the Wells Fargo Championship, where he finished T44th and after an opening round 68 at the PLAYERS Championship, went 73-75-71, wrapping T48th. 

From there, missed cuts at Colonial, the Quicken Loans National, the John Deere Classic and RBC Canadian Open, as well as a T69th finish at the Memorial, T75th at Greenbrier  and T46th at the PGA Championship.

Perez then went on to miss the cut at The Barclays in the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs and a second round W/D at the Deutsche Bank Championship ended Perez’s regular season. 

Perez then endured back-to-back missed cuts at the Frys.com Open in Napa and Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas before making some changes and beginning to work with swing coach Drew Steckel, who made some changes that got Perez on track enough for a T33rd finish in Malaysia and T69th at Mayakoba.
 
Perez and Steckel continued grinding during the short off-season, but the hard work paid off as Perez came out the gate with a T17th finish at the Sony Open, T30th at Humana and T26th at the Phoenix Open, before finding himself in contention at Pebble and earning his first Top 5 finish since San Diego and Torrey Pines the previous season.

One week of relaxation, followed by one week of putting in work—that’s the name of the game as Perez gets himself ready for a potentially season-defining stretch that kicks off in Sawgrass. 

Check back next week for all the latest from The PLAYERS Championship.  

Pat Perez: 67 On ‘Moving Day’ At RBC Heritage

Pat Perez left a couple out there on “moving day”, but still put together his best round of the week at Harbour Town Golf Links, carding a Saturday 67 in what’s been a spirited RBC Heritage thus far.

Perez opened with a par on the day’s first hole, before almost coming up with eagle on the par-five second. After ripping his tee shot 269 yards to the right rough, Perez flew his second shot 215 yards to the green, leaving a seven-footer for three. The putt ran a foot long, but Perez tapped in the one-footer for four. 

Three consecutive pars followed—coming somewhat close on all potential birdie putts over 30′—which set the stage for the par-four sixth.

Perez hit his tee shot 278 yards to the left fairway, sent his second shot 133 yards to the green and knocked down the 26-foot birdie putt to get to two-under on the day.

Back-to-back pars ensued on No. 7 and No. 8 before Perez picked up one more stroke before the turn.

After hitting his tee shot 241 yards on the par-four ninth, Perez was on the green in two, leaving himself a 12-footer for three, which he dropped. The momentum carried over to the par-four tenth as Perez rolled in a 20-footer for three after a 267-yard tee shot to the right fairway and solid 176-yard second shot to get on the green.

The day’s lone blemish came on the par-four eleventh, as Perez missed a 10-foot par putt after finding the right rough on his second shot and needing three to get on the green. 

From there Perez parred six of the final seven holes, but did take advantage of the 588-yard par-five fifteenth, making birdie. After hitting his tee shot 286 yards to the right fairway, Perez sent his second shot 191 yards to the right fairway and his third, 85 yards to the green—setting up a 12-footer, which he knocked down, getting back to four-under on the day. 

A birdie opportunity presented itself on the par-four sixteenth, setting up a 14-footer which rolled wide. Perez went on to par the hole and the did the same on No. 17 and No. 18, facing 20-plus-foot birdie putts that didn’t fall.

Perez averaged 276.20 yards driving distance, had a driving accuracy percentage of 73.81, was 68.52-percent in greens-in-regulation, 58.82 in scrambling and 0.98 in strokes gained putting. 

Saturday’s round remains underway for the leaders, with tee times set to be announced this evening. As of 4:00 p.m. ET, Perez is currently T21st and seven strokes off the lead.  

Inclement weather is expected Sunday afternoon at Hilton Head—an 80-percent chance of rain and thunderstorms—forcing RBC Heritage officials to push up tee times. Players are set to tee off between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ET for the final round, with groups being sent off the first and tenth tees.

Perez wrapped last year’s RBC Heritage with a Sunday round of 64 after carding a 74 on Saturday.  

 

69-71 For Perez After Two At Harbour Town

Pat Perez got to work early in the second round of the RBC Heritage and took the long way to even at Harbour Town Golf Links on Friday.

Much like Thursday’s opening round, Perez carded a few early birdies, battled with some mid-round bogeys, knocked down some clutch pars and nabbed two late back nine birdies to level things out.  

After opening with a par on No. 1, Perez went birdie-birdie. On the par-five second, Perez hit his tee shot 274 yards to the right rough, followed up with a 199 yard shot to the left fairway and stuck his third shot to within seven feet, where he knocked down the putt for four. 

On the par-four third, a 277 yard shot to the right fairway, followed by a 185-yard shot to the green and a 19-foot birdie putt.

The day’s first setback occurred on the par-three fourth when a 12-foot birdie opportunity rolled six feet past the cup and Perez sent the par putt long as well, eventual tapping in a two-footer for bogey. 

Perez regrouped with four consecutive pars, but missing a few birdie opportunities. A 15-footer on the par-five fifth ran long, while a 26-footer on the par-four eighth came up a half-foot short.

The par-four ninth resulted in another bogey as Perez needed two shots to get out of the front center green side bunker, eventually knocking down a much-needed 12-foot putt for five. 

Even at the turn, Perez went par-bogey-par and was plus one with six remaining. A 225-yard tee shot on the par-four thirteenth an 144-yard second shot put Perez on the green with a six-footer for birdie, which he knocked down, getting back to even on the day. Perez quickly gave it back, missing an eight foot par putt on the par-three fourteenth, tapping in a one-footer for four. 

A 19-foot potential birdie putt on the par-five fifteenth ran long, but Perez managed to get one back on the par-four sixteenth. After a 276-yard tee shot to the right rough, Perez stuck a 132-yard second shot to within five feet from the pin and quickly knocked down the much-needed birdie putt. 

On the par-three-seventeenth, a 19-footer for birdie ran long, setting up a five-footer for par, while a 32-foot potential birdie opportunity stopped two cups short, leaving the short tap-in for four. 

Perez averaged 278.30 yard driving distance on Friday, with a driving accuracy percentage of 67.86, was 66.67-pecent in greens-in-regulation, 50-percent in scrambling and 0.53 in strokes gained putting. 

Saturday’s tee times will be announced at day’s end and as of 1:30 p.m. ET, Perez sits at T25th with the currently cut line at at plus-one. 

Pat Perez Opens With 69 At RBC Heritage

Pat Perez got off to a fast start, maintained midway through, traded blows late and closed strong en route to a 69 in the opening round of the RBC Heritage.

The late morning tee time helped Perez avoid the rain, but the wind howled and made for another occasion where even par proved to be a solid score—currently T35th, while Perez and those two-under have moved up to T9th. 

Perez opened with a par on No. 10, before finding trouble on the par-four eleventh. After catching the tree with his drive, Perez had to punch his second shot 69 yards to the left rough. On the green in three, Perez faced a 34-footer for par and eventually knocked down a four-footer for bogey. 

Undeterred, a string of three birdies followed. Perez chipped in from 25 feet out on the par-four twelfth, knocked down a 15-foot par putt on the par-four thirteenth and hit his tee shot 191 yards to the green on the par-three fourteenth, rolling in a seven-footer for two. 

Seven consecutive pars followed, as Perez treaded water as birdie opportunities were few and far between; outside of a potential five-footer at the par-five second, that Perez appeared to have misread. 

Perez carded his second bogey of the day on the par-three fourth, facing an 11-footer for par and running it both wide and long, leaving a two-footer for four. As he’s done often this year, Perez immediately got one back a hole later, birdying the par-five fifth.

After hitting his tee shot 270 yards to the right rough, Perez responded with a 26-yard punch-out to the right fairway and sent his third shot 263 yards to the green, setting up a 12-foot birdie, which he rolled in for four.

On the par-four sixth, another bogey, where Perez stared down an eight-footer for par, sent it wide and tapped in from a half-foot out for five.

Back-to-back pars ensued—including a clutch six-footer on the par-four eight to stay at one-under on the round, before setting up the shot of the day on the par-four ninth.

After hitting his tee shot 219 yards to the right fairway, Perez almost holed out from 113 yards, leaving his shot four inches from the cup and tapping in for a final-hole birdie and one for the highlight reels.

Perez averaged 280 yards driving distance on the day, was 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation and 0.624 in strokes gained – putting. 

Perez drew the late tee time on Thursday, but will be first off of No. 1 tomorrow at 7:10 a.m. ET, paired again with Carl Pettersson and Adam Hadwin.


Tee Times For Heritage & Perez On SiriusXM

Fresh of this week’s Hootie and the Blowfish-hosted “Monday After The Masters” event in Myrtle Beach, Pat Perez made the annual trek back to Hilton Head for another RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

A quirky event for Perez over the past thirteen seasons, due to proximity and the layout of the Tour schedule. Scottsdale to Hilton Head Island is a trek and New Orleans hasn’t been a common stop for Perez over the years, making the Heritage a one-off, should he play. 

Perez is coming off of back-to-back T18th finishes at Harbour Town and a T6th in 2011. The five previous years, Perez didn’t play three of them (2008 through 2010), coming off of back-to-back injury-related withdrawals. 

In 2007 Perez pulled out after an opening round 71 and was sidelined two weeks before returning. The year prior, a tendinitis-related issue in his elbow forced a W/D and almost two months of therapy, treatment and rehab ensued. 

In Perez’s first three attempts at the Heritage, starting with his rookie season in 2002, three missed cuts before a T13th finish in 2005, finally getting the hang of the narrow fairways and course layout. 

Perez recently discussed his thoughts on the Heritage with ESPN’s Michael Collins, as the two have teamed up for a monthly radio show on SiriusXM, called “Out Of Bounds”—where golf is always the main subject, but the pair is prone to go off-topic.

In regards to Harbour Town Golf Links and what the Tour pros will face this week, Perez opened up after Collins asked about the rough, or lack thereof. 

“They don’t need it [rough] because the fairways are narrow and the greens are small. Some of the smallest greens on Tour and they got a lot of big trees, a lot of pine needles and you get some swirling winds out there,” Perez explained and further elaborated. 

“It’s a course, you have to play, like half of it—when I mean half, you look down the fairway  you gotta be on the right half … You can be on the left side of the fairway and have no shot. You can be on the left side of the fairway and have no shot. 

There’s so many holes, if you track it, you have to be—even if you’re in the rough—I mean we did it today, you know? Every hole, like No. 1, you have to be down the right side, no matter what. Even if you’re in the rough, it opens up the whole green. I’ve been over there on the left, perfect lie in the fairway. No shot. Two, you gotta be left. 

It’s a phenomenal course, it’s in great shape. I’m hoping the weather’s gonna hold up, but it’s an awesome week here. They redid the clubhouse. New locker room. New putting green. It’s just top-shelf here.”

Tee times have been set for the first two rounds, with Perez getting the late/early draw, which could help on Thursday regarding weather.

Light rains are expected throughout Wednesday night and up through 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday morning, but should subside by Perez’s 11:50 a.m. tee time—where temperatures should reach 70 degrees, with winds blowing NNE around 11 mph. 

Come Friday, the rain is set to start back up around 9:00 a.m., continuing through the mid-afternoon, with Perez going off of No. 1 at 7:10 a.m. He’ll be paired with Carl Pettersson and Adam Hadwin both days. 

 

72-67 For Pat Perez Over Weekend At Shell

 

Pat Perez got to three-under on Saturday before giving three back, finishing even and staying put at five-under after 54 holes. Come Sunday, a completely different story as Perez put together a bogey-free, five-under round of 67, wrapping the Shell Houston Open ten-under and all but assuring himself of back-to-back top 20 finishes in Texas. 

Looking back on the week at the Golf Club of Houston, Perez shot an opening round 71, giving back two over the final two holes, but responded with a bogey-free 68 on Friday, getting him to five-under on the week, as the cut moved to minus-four by end-of-day Thursday.

Saturday’s theme; missed opportunities as Perez got to three-under after eleven, but bogeyed No. 3, No. 4 and No. 9 down the stretch. On Sunday, another flawless round like Thursday’s, with some missed birdie opportunities the only true setbacks. 

Perez opened with back-to-back pars before carding his first birdie of the day; coming on the par-four third. After hitting his tee shot 237 yards to the right fairway, Perez sent his second shot 141 yards to the green and went on to knock down a 14-footer for three. 

Two consecutive pars followed before a birdie-par-birdie run got him to three-under.

Perez hit his tee shot 273 yards and followed with a solid 157-yard shot, setting up a 30-footer for birdie, which found the bottom of the cup. On the par-five eighth, Perez kicked in a 17-foot birdie putt, after a 273-yard drive to the left fairway, a 192-yard second shot and an 83-foot third shot that found the green, 

Perez parred No. 9 but birdied the par-four tenth, rolling in a seven-footer for three. On the par-five thirteenth, Perez hit his tee shot 284 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 253 yards to the right fairway and almost chipped in for eagle from 46 feet out, eventually tapping in for a 10-inch birdie putt. 

Throughout the round, some clutch par putts kept Perez from giving anything back. On the par-three fourteenth, a 14-foot par putt and on the par-four seventeenth, a ten-foot par putt followed after a 93-foot second shot from the right green side bunker. 

Perez averaged 280 yards driving distance in Sunday’s final round, going 66.07-percent in driving accuracy, 73.61-percent in greens-in regulation and 0.642 in strokes gained putting. 

Next up for Perez, an off-week home in Scottsdale before trekking to Myrtle Beach to participate in the Hootie & The Blowfish-sponsored “Monday After The Masters” event, followed by another crack at Hilton Head and the RBC Heritage.  

Perez: 71-68 Makes Cut At Shell Houston Open

Pat Perez fired a bogey-free second round 68 at the Shell Houston Open, improving on Thursday’s 71 and getting to five-under on the week as the cut moved to minus-four by day’s end Friday. 

Starting on No. 10, Perez racked up three consecutive pars before the day’s first birdie; coming on the par-five thirteenth. After hitting his tee shot 286 yards to the left fairway, he followed with a 243-yard shot to the right rough before a 70-yard third shot, leaving a 15-inch tap-in for four. 

Five more pars followed; a handful of long birdie opportunities coming up short, before picking up another stroke on No. 1. Perez hit his tee shot 258 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 139 yards to the green, leaving a 28-foot birdie opportunity which he drained for three. 

Back-to-back pars followed before a birdie-birdie run on four and five. On the par-five fourth, Perez hit his tee shot 272 yards to the right fairway and followed with a 221-yard shot to the right fairway. His third shot went 66 yards to the green, leaving an 11-footer for four. 

On the par-four fifth, Perez hit a 279-yard drive to the right fairway, a 187-yard second shot to the green and rolled in an 18-footer to get to four-under on the day. Four consecutive pars closed out the round, en route to a second round 68, leaving Perez T41st and seven strokes off the lead entering the weekend. 

Perez averaged 283.8 yards driving distance, was 75-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 57.14-percent in driving accuracy and -0.161 in strokes gained. 

Third round tee times have been announced and Perez will got off No. 10 at 10:50 a.m. CT where he’ll be paired with Michael Thompson and Tom Hoge.  

 

First Round 71 At Shell Houston Open

The birdies were there, but so were a handful of bogeys and when all was said and done, Pat Perez wrapped Thursday’s round at the Shell Houston Open with a one-under 71. By day’s end that left him eight strokes off the lead and T66th going into Friday’s afternoon round. 

Perez got off to a hot start, stringing together three consecutive birdies after a par on the day’s first hole.

On No. 2, a seven footer got the momentum started, followed by a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-four third. On No. 5, Perez his his tee shot 271 yards to the left fairway and followed up with a 228-yard second shot to the right rough. From there Perez dropped his third shot within five feet from the cup and knocked in for four. 

The day’s first bogey came on the par-three seven after hitting his tee shot 144 yards to the right green side bunker, setting up an eventual seven-footer for par that ran a foot past the cup. Perez quickly got one back on the par-three ninth, hitting his tee show 213 yards and leaving a five-footer for two. 

Thursday’s back nine proved was a series of missed opportunities—pars where birdies were an option, as well as a few more untimely bogeys. Perez knocked down a 14-footer for five on the par-four tenth before stringing together five consecutive pars. 

Perez got back to three-under on the day with a birdie on the par-three sixteenth—draining a 32-footer for two—but gave up two shots over the final two holes, bogey No. 17 and No. 18, both par-fours. 

Perez averaged 281 yards driving distance on the day, 61.11 greens-in-regulation percentage and 50-percent in driving accuracy. 

Friday’s second round tee time is set for 1:30 p.m. local, where Perez will again be paired with John Huh and Steve Wheatcroft