Next For Perez; Memorial & U.S. Open Qualifier

Pat Perez has played seventeen PGA Tour events this season, is taking this week off after a three-event stretch and will be back in action for the Memorial next week in Dublin. 

This recent run saw Perez finishing T17th at THE PLAYERS Championship, T20th at the Wells Fargo Championship and T5th at Colonial last weekend—jumping him to 46th in the most-recent FedExCup standings. 

Perez originally intended to participate in this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson but with a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier coming up at Brookside Golf & Country Club and Lakes Golf & Country Club the Monday after Memorial, Perez will recharge at home this week, rolling into Ohio fresh for a long five-day stretch with much on the line. 

In comparison to 2014, Perez is only $128K off his final number last season, where he played 25 total events—nine between May and August, missing four cuts and finishing no higher than T44th.

When the FedExCup Playoffs got underway, Perez wound up missing the cut at The Barclays, before withdrawing from the Deutsche Bank Championship, where his season came to a close. 

From there, a off-season of change as Perez began working with coach Drew Steckel—less focused on tech and numbers, with more emphasis on feel and getting back to basics.

Perez’s first event after working with Steckel yielded a T33th finish in Mayalsia at the CIMB Classic and the fall season wrapped with a T69th finish at Mayakoba, where Perez rolled an opening round 66.

By the time Hawai’i rolled around, a freshly-married Perez went T17th at the Sony Open and week’s later, a seasons-best T4th at Pebble Beach, where he also won the pro-am with long-time partner Michael Lund

Perez has made 14-of-15 cuts since working with Steckel—his lone miss coming at the Arnold Palmer Invitational; rusty after three weeks off, on the heels of playing six-in-a-row on the west coast.

Roughly a dozen Tour events remain between now and the FedExCup Playoffs, with Perez gunning for a spot in the U.S. Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship, as well as stops at The Greenbrier Classic, John Deere Classic and Quicken Loans National

Some big events remain and where the backsliding kicked in this time last year, Perez is trending upwards and knocking on the door of that second win—which appears closer than ever. 

T5th Finish And 64 For Pat Perez At Colonial

It wasn’t enough to pull off the victory in Fort Worth, but Pat Perez came damn close, carding the second-best round of the day with a bogey-free 64 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and giving it a run down the stretch, putting together his second-best finish of the season.

Perez was on fire early, never let up, minimized mistakes and closed strong; six under on the day and finishing ten-under on the week—shaking off a rough early triple-bogey on Thursday that had him plus-one after five holes. 

Perez opened with a birdie on No. 1, hitting his tee shot 253 yards to the left fairway, following up with a 183-yard shot to the green and sinking a 21-footer for three.

Five consecutive pars followed—his best look at birdie, a 16-footer on the par-four third that ran long, leaving a 16″ tap-in.  

Perez picked up another stroke on the par-four seventh after hitting his tee shot 274 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 158 yards to the green and rolling in a six-footer, getting him to two-under on the day, where he stayed through the turn. 

On the back nine, back-to-back birdies set the tone and officially had Perez in the hunt. After hitting his tee shot 209 yards to the right fairway, he stuck his second shot 181 yards to the green, leaving a three-footer for three.

On the par-five eleventh, a 272-yard tee shot was followed up with a 193-yard second shot to the left fairway. Perez hit his third shot 128 yards to the right intermediate and chipped in for birdie from 19 feet out.

Four-under through eleven, Perez strung together four straight pars—with two potential birdie opps; a 19-footer on the par-three thirteenth and a 21-footer on the par-four fifteenth. 

From there, Perez closed strong with birdies on two of the day’s final three holes—dropping a 19-footer on the par-three sixteenth and a 21-footer on the par-four eighteenth, while coming close to rolling in a difference-making 27-footer on the par-four seventeenth, leaving a 16″ tap-in. 

Perez averaged 271.10 yards driving distance in the final round, was 75-percent in driving accuracy, hit 75-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 72.22-percent in scrambling and -0.02 in strokes gained putting. 

Next up for Perez, an off week at home in Scottsdale to regroup after three-in-a-row, before getting back to action at the Memorial, followed by a 36-hole Monday qualifier for the upcoming U.S. Open.

69-69 For Perez After Two Rounds At Colonial

Pat Perez is two-under after two rounds at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, carding a second round 69 on Friday—taking a less scenic route to Thursday’s matching score. 

Where round one was comprised of five birdies, a bogey, a triple and eleven pars, Friday was a bit more even-keel as Perez picked up three birdies and gave two strokes back on the day.

Perez started on No. 1 and opened with three consecutive pars—a four-foot birdie opportunity rolling long and wide on the first hole, nine-footer slightly missing on No. 2 and a clutch chip-up fro the right green side bunker on No. 3, setting up two-foot par putt.

Perez gave one back on the par-three fourth after hitting his tee shot 190 yards to the left rough and his second shot 68 feet to the green, leaving an eight-footer that rolled wide and long.

After making par on No. 5, Perez picked up the day’s first birdie on the par-four sixth, chipping in from the right intermediate, 32-feet out.

Four consecutive pars followed before a bogey on the par-five eleventh, where five-foot par putt ran wide. One over on the day, Perez went par-par—with a brilliant sand shot the par-three thirteen, hitting his second shot 64 feet to the green, setting up a one-foot tap-in for par. 

Perez got another back on the par-four fourteenth, hitting his tee shot 283 yards to the left fairway, following up with a 152-yard second shot to the green and rolling in an 18-footer for three. After back-to-back pars on No. 15 and No. 16, Perez birdied the par-four seventeenth, rolling in a 12-footer and getting to one-under on the day.

From there, a 40-foot birdie opp on No. 18 didn’t break, leaving a six-inch tap-in for par and closing out a second round 69.  

Perez averaged 266.50 yards driving distance on the day, was 67.86 in driving accuracy percentage, 72.22-percent in greens-in-regulation, 60-percent in scrambling and -0.52 in strokes gained putting.

As of 1:00 p.m. CT, Perez is currently T23rd and six strokes off the lead, with the projected cut at plus-one. 

Saturday’s tee times will be announced at the end of second round play.   

 

Opening Round 69 For Pat Perez At Colonial

Pat Perez fired an opening round 69 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Thursday—staying on the rails despite a rough early hole, not to mention a tee time pushed back several hours due to inclement weather in Fort Worth. 

Perez opened with a birdie on the par-four tenth, sticking a 144-yard second shot onto the green and setting up a five-footer for three. From there, par-par before knocking down an eleven-foot birdie putt on the par-three thirteen.

The defining hole of the day proved to be the par-four fourteenth, where Perez carded a rare triple bogey, where a tree, a bad bounce, a few roughs and two drops eventually set up a three-footer for seven.

Undeterred, Perez went head-down and stayed focus the rest of the afternoon, chipping away at the deficit hole by hole. 

On the par-four fifteenth, a birdie putt shaved the hole and set up a three-footer for par. On the par-three sixteenth, Perez chipped up from the right front green side bunker, leaving a four-footer for par.

A 21-footer almost dropped for three on the par-four seventeenth—and the same with a 19-footer on the par-four eighteenth.  

Perez got one back on the par-five first hole after hitting his tee shot 275 yards to the right rough, his second shot 153 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 132 yards to the green, leaving an 18-foot birdie putt that he rolled in. 

On the par-four second, a brilliant third shot went 41 feet, leaving a 2’7″ par putt, keeping Perez even on the day.

After a four on the par-four third, another birdie as Perez sunk a 14-footer on the par-three fourth. 

A 39-foot birdie opportunity ran half a foot wide on the par-four fifth, but Perez got another back on the par-four sixth. After hitting his tee shot 278 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 132 yards to the green, Perez rolled in the three-footer for three and was back to two-under on the day.

Back-to-back pars followed; including a clutch 12-foot putt on the par-four seventh for four and a five-footer on the par-three eight.

One final setback on the par-four ninth as a four-foot par putt ran long, but the grind to get back to one-under after giving three strokes back on No. 14—nothing short of impressive.

Perez averaged 271.50 yard driving distance on the day, 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent greens-in-regulation, was 50-percent in scrambling and 0.64 in strokes gained putting.

Friday’s second round tee time is set for 8:17 a.m. CT, where Perez will go off of No. 1, again paired with Steve Flesch and Luke Guthrie.  

Perez is currently T40th and five strokes behind the leaders, all four of whom shot 64 on Thursday.  

 

Perez Texas-Bound For Crowne Plaza Invitational

Pat Perez is coming off his fourth T20th finish in five events and is headed to Ft. Worth for this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Perez has played three in a row and will take next week’s Byron Nelson Classic off to regroup before heading to the Memorial, following it up with a Monday 36-hole qualifier for the upcoming U.S. Open.

Over the past thirteen seasons, Perez’s schedule didn’t line up well for Colonial, so he skipped the event in 2009, 2006 and 2004, withdrawing due to injury in 2013 and 2003. The lone cut he’s missed occurred last season. 

Outside of that, his best finishes to date are 4th (2007), 6th (2008) and T10th (2010), while going T63rd (2012), T62nd (2011), T44th (2005) and T56th (2002) as a rookie.

Perez heads to Texas off an unexpected run in Charlotte at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. Perez—even after two—was right on the cut line, which hovered between even and one-under until James Hahn bogeyed No. 18, getting it back to even.

From there, Perez went 68-70 over the weekend, wrapped the event six-under and carded another Top 20 finish, moving him to 51st in the most-recent FedExCup standings

Where Perez started backsliding this time last year—after a hot start on the west coast, including a T2nd finish at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego—he seems to be hitting his stride as mid-season approaches. 

A 4th place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has been the highlight of the season thus far—Perez having 16 events under his belt dating back to last fall.

From there, T41st at the Northern Trust Open a few weeks off (after six-in-a-row) and a missed cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational proved to be a fluke, with a new streak started and Perez seemingly knocking on the door every week; a little fine-tuning away from topping the leaderboard and consistently being in the hunt. 

Regarding this week’s event, Colonial Country Club is a 7,204-yard-long, par 70 track, known for doglegs and tight fairways.

Some more history, courtesy of this week’s PGA Tour release: “Colonial opened in 1936 and served as the U.S. Open stage just five years later – the first time the event went south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The PGA TOUR has visited each year since 1946, making the Perry Maxwell/John Bredemus design the longest-running host site on the circuit. Colonial also staged the second edition of THE PLAYERS Championship in 1975, the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open and Annika Sorenstam’s historic venture a dozen years ago as the first woman to play a PGA TOUR event since World War II.”

Charity-wise, the Colonial supports Cook Children’s Medical Center, supporting programs to ensure no child in need of medical attention is left untreated. Some 90 other Tarrant County charities receive proceeds from the event, with last year’s total reaching $9 million.

Golf Channel coverage takes plays Thursday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET and on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, with CBS picking up the weekend coverage from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m ET both days.  

Final Round 70 For Perez At Wells Fargo

Pat Perez fired a final round 70 on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship, going six-under for the week at Quail Hollow and setting up for what should be a Top 25 finish when the cut looked in jeopardy late Friday afternoon.

Perez opened with back-to-back pars before knocking down a birdie on the par-four third. After hitting his tee shot 309 yards to the right fairway, his second shot flew 152 yards to the green, setting up a 17-footer for three. 

After a par on No. 4, Perez got busy on the first par-five of the day, hitting his tee shot 281 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 253 yards to the front green side bunker. From there Perez got his bunker shot onto the green, setting up a 10-footer for four, getting to two-under on the day. 

The day’s first setback came on the par-three-sixth when Perez’s tee shot went 251 yards to the right rough. He chipped onto the green and set up a nine-foot par putt that rolled wide, leaving a four-inch tap-in for four. 

From there back-to-back birdies got things back on the right track, starting with the par-five seventh, where Perez hit his tee shot 308 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 217 yards to the right rough and his third, 34 yards onto the green, setting up the nine-footer for four. 

On the par-four eighth, a 306-yard tee shot to the right rough and a brilliant 45-yard second shot to the green, leaving a 16-inch gimme for three. 

Perez made par on No. 9 and hit the turn three-under before picking up another birdie on the par-five tenth—hitting his tee shot 302 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 290 yards to the left rough and his third shot 40 feet to the green, half a foot from the cup. 

Five consecutive pars followed, with a missed birdie opportunity on the par-four fourteenth when Perez rolled a nine-footer long and wide, setting up a 2’6″ comeback par putt. On the par-five fifteenth, a seven-footer didn’t go where it was supposed to, leaving a 19-inch roll in for par. 

Back-to-back bogeys on No. 16 and No. 17 dropped Perez back to two-under on the day, while a good par on No. 18 kept him there and looks like it will set up an eight-way T20th finish.

Perez averaged 298.30 yards driving distance on Sunday, had a driving accuracy percentage of 58.93, hit 70.83-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 52.38-percent in scrambling and 0.24 in strokes gained putting. 

Next up for Perez, a trek to Ft. Worth for next week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

 

Saturday 68 For Pat Perez At Wells Fargo

Pat Perez eked into the weekend after a late bogey by James Hahn moved the cut line from one-under to even, but made the most of his Saturday opportunity at the Wells Fargo Championship and got moving early, en route to a third round 68.

Perez birdied three of his first four holes and was five-under after seven, before finally giving one back. Four-under at the turn, Perez shot even on the back nine with two birdies, two bogeys and fire pars. 

After a par on the day’s opening hole, Perez went birdie-birdie-birdie starting with an 11-foot putt on the par-three second. On the par-four third, a 291-yard tee shot to the right fairway was followed by a 148-yard second shot to the green, setting up a four-footer. The par-four fourth saw a 15-foot putt fall after a 297-yard shot to the right intermediate and 172-yard second shot to the green.

A birdie opp was missed on the par-five fifth as a ten-footer rolled wide, leaving a two-footer on the comeback. Perez responded with a 220-yard tee shot on the par-three sixth, setting up a 14-footer for two, getting him to four-under on the day.

On the par-five seventh, Perez made sure his 89-yard third shot did everything it was supposed to, landing on the green and rolling to within four feet for a very make-able birdie putt. 

Perez carded his first bogey of the day on the par-four eighth, missing an eight-footer for four after hitting his tee shot 257 yards to the right rough, where he eventually knocked down a two-footer for five.

After making par on nine, Perez attacked the par-five tenth with a 296-yard tee shot to the right rough, a 219-yard second shot to the left intermediate and a 97-yard third shot to the green, leaving a one-foot tap-in, getting him back to five-under on the day.

From there, a par-par-bogey-par stretch, sniffing birdie on the par-four twelfth when a ten-footer ran wide and set up a five-foot par putt.

With one par-five remaining, Perez made Quail Hollow pay, hitting his tee shot 295 yards to the right rough, his second shot 207 yards to the left fairway and his third, 87 yards to the green, presenting a nine-footer that found the bottom of the cup getting him back to five-under on the day, where it looked like he’d stay before a seven-foot par putt on No. 17 ran long and wide, setting up the 2’7″ putt for bogey. 

A 12-footer didn’t go on the par-four sixteenth, while it would’ve taken a 21-foot birdie on No. 18 to get back to five-under. Perez parred both holes surrounding the late bogey, for a much-needed 68. 

Perez averaged  291.70 yards driving distance, was 54.76-percent in driving accuracy, 75.93-percent in greens-in-regulation, 46.15 in scrambling and -0.05 in strokes gained putting. 

Perez’s early tee time on Saturday means most of the field is still gearing up for their moving day run, so the current T26th won’t stand, though four-under after three will allow for another solid finish if he can match that effort on Sunday.

Stay tuned for final round tee times.

 

Second Round 73 Makes Cut At Wells Fargo

Pat Perez got a few on the front nine, was back at even with three top play and got it to one-even on the day—even on the event—to make the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship. 

Perez opened with a par and immediately began making moves with a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-three second. From there, three consecutive pars before a bogey-birdie run.  

Perez hit his tee shot 193 yards to the left rough on the par-three sixth, came back with a 41-foot shot to the left fairway, setting up a 16-footer for par that rolled long, leaving a 14-incher for four.

On the par-five seventh, a 294-yard tee shot to the right rough, followed-up by a 226-yard shot to the left rough, where Perez punched out, landed on the green and left a three-footer for birdie, getting back to one-under on the day.

From there, five consecutive pars—missing a nine-foot birdie opp on No. 10—before a bogey on the par-three thirteenth, where another nine-foot putt didn’t go where it needed to, leaving a 16-inch bogey putt for a four, getting Perez back to even on the day.

Back-to-back pars followed before a birdie-birdie run that set the stage for weekend play.

On the par-four sixteenth, a 318-yard tee shot to the left rough, followed-up by a 209-yard shot to the green, setting up an 11-footer that Perez drained. Moments later, with the cut on the line, Perez stuck his tee shot to within six-feet from the hole on the 227-yard par-three seventeenth, serving as insurance and getting him to two-under on the day.

The extra birdie wound up saving the week as Perez bogeyed the par-four eighteenth courtesy of a 301-yard tee shot to the fairway bunker, a 161-yard second shot to the right rough and an 88-foot shot to the left fairway, reaching the green and leaving a 17-inch putt for five.

Perez averaged 290.5 yard driving distance, hit 69.44-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 57.14-percent in driving accuracy and -0.092 in strokes gained putting. 

Saturday’s “moving day” go-time is set for 7:48 a.m. ET, where Perez will be paired with John Huh.  

 

Opening Round 73 For Perez At Wells Fargo

Pat Perez fired an opening round 73 at Quail Hollow on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.

Perez had the early draw, started on No. 10 and was even at the turn after an early bogey-par-birdie stretch. On the front nine, Perez remained consistent outside of a late bogey, pushing him to plus-one on the day.

The day’s first hole was the par-five tenth, with Perez’s tee shot going 277 yards to the fairway bunker, leaving him 304 yards from the hole. His second shot; a 155-yarder to the right rough, set up a third shot that still left him 77 feet from the hole. 

Perez was on the green in four, leaving himself a 19-incher for a solid opening par.

Back-to-back pars ensued, with a missed birdie opportunity on the par-four twelfth as Perez’s second shot flew 151 yards to the green, setting up 14-footer for three and eventually knocking down a two-footer for four.

The par-three thirteenth brought the first bogey of the day. Perez hit his tee shot 200 yards to the right fairway, where he chipped onto the green and faced an eight-foot par putt that rolled long and wide, eventually rolling in a five-footer for four.

A 13-foot birdie opportunity on the par-four fourteenth also rolled wide, leaving an eight-inch tap in, but Perez got it back on the par-five fifteenth—almost rolling in a 75-footer for eagle and settling for the three-foot birdie tap-in. 

Even on the day, Perez would knock down nine consecutive pars before a frustrating bogey on the par-five seventh. After hitting his tee shot 272 yards into the water, Perez took a drop in the right rough, hitting his third shot 165 yards to the right fairway. 

Perez was on the green in four, setting up a 16-foot save for par, but the putt ran wide and left a two-footer for bogey before back-to-back pars closed out the round of 73. 

Perez averaged 280.50 yards driving distance on the day, was 71.43-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 50% in scrambling and -1.50 in strokes gained putting. 

The plus-one finish put Perez at T88th going into Friday afternoon’s round. Even is currently T64th, while one-under is T45th. Seven-under currently leads, with two players at six-under and seven at minus-five. 

Friday’s tee time is set for 12:30 p.m. ET off of No. 1, where Perez will again be paired with Blake Adams and John Peterson

Perez: Tee Times For Wells Fargo Championship

Pat Perez is back in a action this week at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. It marks the 11th time Perez has played the event since its inception in 2003.

Perez has made the cut at the former Wachovia Championship and Quail Hollow Championship six times. His best finish was T6th in 2011, where he went 67-65-70-75 over the four-day span. Next strongest outing; T12th in 2008.

Outside of that, T44th (2014), T32nd (2013), T65th (2009) and T21st (2004), with missed cuts coming in 2012, 2010, 2007, 2005 and 2003. Perez didn’t play the event in 2006 due to injury.

PGA Tour’s Rob Bolton talked up Perez in his fantasy advice for the Wells Fargo Championship: “Encouragingly sustaining pretty good form since the conclusion of the West Coast Swing where he usually matters most in our world. Three top 20s in his last four starts and a T26 at Harbour Town. Ample knowledge of Quail Hollow where he’s making his 12th start. Personal-best T6 in 2011 is his lone top 10 here.”

Perez rolls into this year’s event on the heels of some solid golf as of late. Perez has made four cuts in a row (and 12 of his past 13), finishing T20th at the Valero Texas Open, T11th at the Shell Houston Open, T26th at the RBC Heritage and T17th at last week’s PLAYERS Championship—where he was ranked first in greens-in-regulation and fairways hit after 54 holes. 

Perez is currently ranked 54th in the FedExCup standings, 126th in the Official World Golf Rankings and has a scoring average of 70.966. 

Tee times have been announced for the first two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship, where Perez is paired with Blake Adams and John Peterson. Thursday’s tee time is 7:10 a.m. ET off of No. 10 and Friday’s go-time is 12:30 p.m. ET off of No. 1.