Final Round 73 For Pat Perez At The Players

Pat Perez started Sunday’s round at THE PLAYERS Championship three strokes off the lead, quickly found himself in a hole, fought his way out and got back to even, but ran out of time to make a run, settling for a final round 73 at TPC Sawgrass and a T17th finish. 

After making a relatively routine par on No. 1, Perez’s mettle was tested immediately on the par-five second where he faced a 16-foot par putt that he knocked down.

From there, back-to-back bogeys had Perez in position where he had to work to get back to even before he could focus on making a proper run. 

After hitting his tee shot 168 yards to the left fairway on the par-three third, Perez faced a 67-footer for birdie, left it short and had a 10-footer for par that run two feet long. On the par-four fourth, Perez’s 123-yard second shot found the green but set up a 38-footer for birdie and eventual six-footer for par that ran long and wide. 

Plus-two after four, Perez strung together four consecutive pars with his closest look at birdie a 21-footer on the par-four sixth that came up short, before making something happen on the par-five ninth.

After hitting his tee shot 296 yards to the right fairway, Perez hit his second shot 210 yards to the left fairway and his third 80 yards to the green, leaving a three-footer for four. 

Perez made four on the par-four tenth before giving back another stroke on the par-five eleventh. Perez punched out of the left rough and sent his second shot 163 yards to the front center green side bunker, where he chipped up and had an eight-footer for par, which ran long and wide. 

Like he did so many time this week, an immediate bounce-back birdie after a set back, with Perez getting a three on the par-four twelfth. After hitting his tee shot 264 yards to the native area, Perez’s second shot went 78 yards to the green, leaving nine-footer that he knocked down.

On the par three-thirteenth, Perez did it again, knocking down a 13-footer after hitting his tee shot 154 yards to the green, getting back to even on the day with five to play. 

From there, a handful of pars and a bogey on the par-four fifteenth, that would’ve put Perez at even on the day and T13th on the tourney.

Perez almost managed to drop a 33-foot birdie putt on the par-four fourteenth as well as a 15-footer on the par-five sixteenth, but the mojo needed down the stretch on days like today simply wasn’t there.

Perez stayed dry on No. 17, hitting his tee shot 128 yards to the green and almost dropping a 40-footer for two, while the par-four eighteenth set up a 24-foot birdie putt that ran wide, leaving a two-foot tap-in for par. 

Perez averaged 282 yards driving distance, was 82.14 in driving accuracy percentage, 79.17-percent in greens-in-regulation and 0.306 in strokes gained putting.

Next up for Perez, a return to Quail Hollow for this week’s Wells Fargo Championship and then back-to-back weeks in Dallas for Colonial and the Byron Nelson Classic. Perez will then close out a five-week stretch with a trek to the Memorial and a 36-hole qualifier for next month’s U.S. Open. 

 

 

Third Round 68 For Perez At The Players

Pat Perez made the most of moving day in Ponte Vedra Beach and fired a third-round 68 at TPC Sawgrass, putting him in the hunt for Sunday’s final round at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Perez started strong, maintained for eight holes, picked up another, gave one back and closed with two birdies over the final three holes—holes that chewed up a handful of players this week; including Perez. 

A 12-foot birdie putt on No. 1 got the day rolling, with Perez almost knocking down an eagle on the par-five second. After hitting his tee shot 275 yards to the left intermediate, Perez stuck his 244-yard second shot on the green, setting up a seven footer that ran three inches wide, leaving a tap-in for four.

From there, a consistent run with eight consecutive pars and a few birdie putts that didn’t drop—a 14-footer on the par-four sixth and an eight-footer on the par-five ninth. Perez did drain an 11-foot par putt on No. 8—a 237-yard par-three—after sticking his tee shot 227 yards in the right rough and 95 feet from the hole. 

On the par-five eleventh, Perez capitalized on the 287-yard tee shot and a 231-yard second shot that found the front center green side bunker. 46-feet from the hole, Perez stuck his third shot to within two feet and tapped in for four. 

After making par on No. 12, Perez bogeyed the par-three thirteenth sending a six-foot par putt long and wide by inches and tapping in for four. From there, back-to-back pars before Perez caught fire on the final few holes. 

Perez smacked his tee shot 281 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 233 yards to the green, setting up and 18-foot eagle putt and setting with a two-footer for birdie. On the fan-favorite par-three seventeenth, Perez hit his tee shot 129 yards and left himself an 11-footer for birdie, ran it wide and rolled in a two-footer for par. 

After bogeying the par-four eighteenth on Friday, Perez seemed determined to reverse the curse on Saturday—starting with a 301-yard tee shot to the right fairway. From there, a 171-yard second shot found the green and left a 20-footer for birdie, which Perez knocked down, getting to four-under on the day and a third round 68. 

Perez averaged 281.70 yards driving distance, 83.33-percent in driving accuracy, was 77.78-percent in greens-in-regulation, 41.67-percent in scrambling and 0.59 in strokes gained putting. 

As of 5:45 p.m. ET, Perez sits at T9th and three strokes behind the leader. Sunday’s tee times will be announced shortly. 

 

71-70 After Two At The Players Championship

Pat Perez had the first tee time on Friday at THE PLAYERS Championship, had some early ups and downs, but closed strong at TPC Sawgrass, en route to a second round 70. Perez is three-under 36 holes and will be back in action this weekend, looking to shake things up Saturday for “moving day”.

Friday’s action kicked off on No. 10, where Perez opened with a bogey after a six-foot par putt rolled long and wide, leaving a three-footer for five.

On the par-five eleventh, a 289-yard tee shot was followed up by a 226-yard approach shot that wound up in the front green side bunker.

Perez was on in three and had a six-footer for birdie, bur ran it past the cup, settling for a two-foot par putt—but got one back on the par-four twelfth after a brilliant 79-yard second shot landed on the green, four feet from the pin. 

Back to even on the day, Perez parred the next two holes before closing out the back nine bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie, taking the long way back to even. 

Perez left himself a 27-footer for par on No. 15, kicking in the four-footer for five, but quickly got one back on the par-five sixteenth, hitting his third shot 81 feet to the green, setting up a 17-incher for birdie. 

Much like yesterday, the par-three seventeenth gave Perez trouble and where he almost found the water on Thursday, he dunked his 154-yard tee shot on Friday. Perez took a drop, hit his third shot to the green and rolled in a clutch 14-footer for bogey, minimizing the damage. 

As he’s done so often, Perez responded to adversity by piping his tee shot 275 yards to the left fairway on the par-four eighteenth and sent his second shot 171 yards to the green, setting up the four-foot birdie putt. 
 
Perez bogeyed No. 1—a par-four—after finding the rough twice. A 285-yard tee shot wound up in right rough, as did a 109-yard approach shot. Perez hit the green in three, but faced a 13-footer for par and sent it long and wide, setting up a four-footer for bogey. 

Plus-one on the day, Perez went par-par before a round-defining birdie-par-birdie-birdie stretch that turned everything around. 

Perez hit his tee shot 243 yards on the par-four fourth and followed up with a 147-yard shot to the green, setting up an 18-footer for birdie which he rolled in. On the par-four sixth, Perez dropped a 26-footer for three after a 215-yard tee shit and 171-yard approach shot which he stuck on the green. 

The par-four seventh resulted in birdie, again thanks to a hot putter, with Perez draining a 21-footer after a 283-yard tee shot to the right fairway and 148-yard approach shot. 

Perez almost kept the streak going by bringing home a 30-footer on the par-three eight, but rolled in long and wide, setting up the two-footer for par. Same was the case on the par-five ninth, where an 18-footer birdie putt was on line but stopped half a foot short. 

Perez averaged 283.80 yards driving distance on the day, was 89.29 in driving accuracy percentage, 72.22 percent in greens-in-regulation, 30-percent in scrambling and 0.77 in strokes gained putting. 

As of 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Perez is currently four strokes behind the leader and sits at T23rd. Saturday tee times will be announced at day’s end. 

 

Hot Start, Cool Finish For Perez At The Players

Pat Perez came out firing on Thursday at THE PLAYERS Championship—three-under after three—before cooling off on the back nine and giving a few strokes back late, en route to what was still a solid round of 71.

Perez knocked down a seven-footer for birdie on the opening par-four, after hitting his drive 293 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 143 yards to the green. On the par-five second, Perez dropped a five-footer after getting on the green in two and hitting his drive 295 yards to the right fairway.

The putter looked hot early as Perez rolled in a 22-footer on the par-three third after hitting his tee shot 176 yards to the green, but from there a few missed opportunities. 

A 10-foot birdie opportunity on the par-four fifth came up half a foot short, while approach shots on the par-four fourth and sixth didn’t leave Perez much to work with—a 36-footer for birdie on No. 4 and a 40-footer on No. 6. 

Perez picked up another stroke on the par-four seventh, draining a 17-footer after hitting his tee shot 267 yards to the right fairway and second shot 172 yards to the green, moving Perez into T2nd and a short-lived four-under on the day as he bogeyed the par-three eighth.

Perez’s tee shot on No. 8 went 200 yards to the right rough and 57-foot second shot to the green left him a 19-footer for par than ran a foot long, leaving a short bogey putt. On the par-five ninth, a six-foot birdie opportunity rolled wide, with Perez knocking in the two-footer for par.

Three-under at the turn, Perez strung together three consecutive pars, missing two birdie opportunities—first on the par-five eleventh when an 11-footer ran wide, as well as the par-four twelfth, where a tricky four-footer ran long and left Perez a three-foot comeback for par. 

More trouble on the par-threes as Perez found the left rough on No. 13, eventually setting up a 15-foot par putt that went long and wide, before eventually rolling in one from 18″ for four. 

On the par-four fourteenth, Perez got out of the right rough with his second shot and was on the green with a 35-foot birdie look that stopped short, leaving a nine-footer for par, which rolled in. One hole later, Perez dropped an 11-footer for birdie on the par-four fifteenth after hitting his tee shot 286 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 137 yards to the green.

Back at three-under, the day’s final three holes undid an afternoon of hard work and solid play.

A missed birdie opportunity on the par-five sixteenth as the nine-footer ran half a foot wide, leaving Perez a tap-in for five. From there, Perez almost found the water on the famed par-three seventeenth, leaving a 35-footer for birdie and eventually eight-footer for par that didn’t go. 

On the par-four eighteenth, Perez’s tee shot went 264 yards to the right rough, followed by a 121-yard second shot to the left intermediate. Perez dropped in the left fairway and hit his third shot 78 yards to the green, leaving a 63-footer for par, where he eventually knocked down a five-footer for bogey. 

Perez averaged 281.50 yards driving distance, 92.86 in driving accuracy percentage, was 66.67-percent in greens-in-regulation, 33.33-percent in scrambling and 0.36 in strokes gained putting. 

The bogey-bogey finish unfortunately put a damper on what still proved to be a solid opening as Thursday came to a close at TPC Sawgrass; a handful of players getting to five-under after one, while one-under hovers around T40th and close to three dozen players remain in striking distance between two- and four-under as of 6:30 p.m. ET. 

One bonus for the veteran Perez as Thursday draws to a close in Ponte Vedra Beach; little time to dwell on where things came unglued late.

Perez’s group is the first tee time on Friday morning, going off of No. 10 at 7:15 a.m. ET and in the clubhouse before the afternoon crowd rolls in for round two of THE PLAYERS Championship. 

A great opportunity for another fast start and a quiet, unassuming finish heading into the weekend.  

 

Hartford Wins The Players’ Caddie Competition

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — Pat Perez’s caddie, Michael Hartford, won THE PLAYERS Championship Caddie Competition in memory of Bruce Edwards with a shot to 3 feet, 7 inches. There were 92 attempts; 50 found the water.

Each year during the Wednesday practice round at THE PLAYERS, players and caddies switch roles when they arrive at the famous 17th hole, and the caddies get the opportunity to take a swing. Each player contributes to the prize fund and the caddie who ends up closest to the pin takes home the money.

This is a tradition unique to THE PLAYERS and one that provides an added layer of entertainment for the fans, players and caddies alike. The competition is named to honor Tom Watson’s longtime caddie and friend Bruce Edwards, who passed away in 2004 from ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” In 2014, in honor of the 10th anniversary of Edwards’ passing, the PGA TOUR began a tradition of matching any donations the caddies/players make, with all the money going to the Bruce Edwards Foundation.

In addition to the prize money, Hartford will receive a VIP parking spot in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse lot, Thursday through Sunday of THE PLAYERS, and his name will be engraved on the official plaque in caddie hospitality.

Results:
Michael Hartford (Pat Perez) – 3 feet, 7 inches
Ernie Rose (George McNeill) – 5 feet, 1 inch
Mike Downey (Brian Stuard) – 8 feet, 3 inches
Dermot Byrne (Shane Lowry) – 8 feet, 4 inches

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Perez Gearing Up For Players Championship

Pat Perez is back at TPC Sawgrass for this week’s The PLAYERS Championship and will gear up for five-in-a-row, hitting Dallas, Charlotte and Akron before his next off-week early June. 

This week marks Perez’s twelfth-consecutive PLAYERS, where he’s 6-6 regarding cuts made. His best finish at the event is T3rd (2006) and he’s coming off a T48th finish in 2014. Prior to that, T25th (2012), T68th (2009), T42nd (2008) and T32nd (2005), with missed cuts in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2004 and 2003.

Perez got off to a hot start at Sawgrass last season, firing an opening round 68 but a second round 73 slowed momentum, en route to a 75-71 weekend. Regarding that third-place finish at Sawgrass in ’06, Perez went 71-72-69-71, wrapping the event five-under.

Regarding the venue, Pete Dye designed The PLAYERS Stadium course in 1980 on a “low-lying wetlands area” with input from his wife, Alice and then-PGA Tour commissioner, Deane Beman.

According to this week’s media handout, “The result of their collaboration is a balanced golf course with a combination of short, medium and long holes and ac ours routing in which each proceeding hole plays in a different direction. A number of water hazards add to the challenge of the strategic layout, and he undulating greens demand accurate approach shots.”

TPC Sawgrass—the first design in the vaunted TPC Network—is a par 72, measuring 7,215 yards.

Tee times for the first two rounds have been announced, with Perez getting the late/early draw, where he’ll go off No. 1 at 12:25 p.m. ET on Thursday and No. 10 at 7:15 a.m. ET on Friday. He’ll be paired with Robert Garrigus and Branden Grace both days.