Perez Gearing Up For The Greenbrier Classic

Pat Perez is headed to White Sulphur Springs for another crack at The Greenbrier Classic. Perez has been off since the Memorial—taking off Memphis, not qualifying for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and sitting out this past weekend’s Travelers Championship.

Perez enters this week 59th in the current FedExCup standings and will look to go low over the next two events, working to play his way into The Open Championship at St. Andrews mid-July. Up to four berths are in play this week for top players among the top 12 finishers not already qualified, with only one spot available for next week’s John Deere Classic

The Greenbrier Classic has been in existence since 2010, with Perez playing it every year except 2011. His lowest score to date came year one, where a 64-69-69-64 run had him fourteen-under and was good enough for T9th. There was also a T6th finish in 2013, T27th in 2012 and T75th last year. 

The Old White TPC is a par 70 measuring 7,287 yards and The Greenbrier’s first 18-hole golf course opened back in 1914, named for The Old White Hotel on property until 1922.

Charles Blair Macdonald went for wide fairways and undulating greens, while several holes were modeled after those in the course architect’s native Scotland—No. 8 offering a sloped “redan” green much like North Berwick’s 15th. Meanwhile, No. 13 draws upon Prestwick’s “Alps” and the 15th imitates “Eden” at St. Andrews.

The Greenbrier Classic has been a come-from-behind event over the past half decade, with no 54-hole leader ever closing out on Sunday. Three of the event’s five winners have rallied from at least four strokes back.  

Perez is riding a seven-cut streak into this week’s event and prior to a T57th finish at the Memorial early June, had five Top 20 finishes in six events; including T5th at Colonial and T11th at the Shell Houston Open. 

Opening round tee times for The Greenbrier Classic will be announced shortly.  

Pat Perez Talks U.S. Open On Mighty 1090

Pat Perez didn’t participate in last week’s U.S. Open but made waves Sunday evening sticking up for his fellow PGA Tour professionals.

A handful of media members loosely began throwing around the term “choke” in regards to Dustin Johnson missing a three-foot birdie putt to set up a Monday playoff between he and Jordan Spieth.

Instead, Speith took home the title at Chambers Bay, with that first major still alluding Johnson. 

ESPN talking head and blowhard Skip Bayless was quick to chime in; taking as swipe at Johnson via Twitter: “Hated to see Dustin Johnson miss the little come-backer to force US Open playoff. But wasn’t surprised. Has struggled before under big heat.”

The comment drew ire from Perez, who was quick to remind Bayless that it’s night and day actually lining up for that 72nd hole on a Sunday at a major, opposed to critiquing it after the fact. 

“Real easy from behind the desk isn’t it? Your such a toolbag. Do some more HGH while your on the couch watching,” wrote Perez—soon to correct his typo (re: Sorry. “You’re”) and following up with an explanation to his 61,000+ followers and whoever else caught the quip by way of a retweet.

“Sorry folks. Just couldn’t hold it in. Yes bad 3 putt, but anyone in the world would have killed to be in that position. Especially me.”

Come Monday, Jim Rome chimed in on the action: “The moment obviously wasn’t too big for Jordan Speith. Again. But it was for Dustin Johnson.” Perez responded: “Would have love to hear your input if Dustin had made that eagle. Just like Skip. Easy from the studio.”

Perez’s always authentic reaction drew praise from other Tour players, professional athletes, Chive Nation and other passionate fans. A few examples:

“love it PP. Beat it Skip” — Graham DeLaet (@GrahamDeLaet

“@PatPerezGolf You’re a stand up guy for defending Dustin Johnson! That’s why Chivenation loves you! KCCO Pat!” — John Berg (@jahlberg74)

“@PatPerezGolf the funny thing is these guys that are so called “experts” could only make the Varsity Debate team in high school. Tired” —  Cody Ross (@IAmCodyRoss)

“@PatPerezGolf shoots up my rankings with that tweet.” —  KaNe (@KizzyK20)

“@PatPerezGolf legend” — Cameron Tringale (@CamTringalePGA

Chris Ello and Ben Higgins—filling in Monday for Darren Smith on San Diego’s Mighty 1090—invited Perez on and in the YouTube clip above, Perez went into further detail regarding the U.S. Open, Johnson’s finish, Speith’s future and whether Tiger Woods will or won’t be back to top form.  

Chive On CA’s “Chive At Dive” Benefitting O.G.O.

SAN DIEGO, CA — June 18, 2015 — Coming together for a good cause, while having fun in the process. It seems to be the unspoken mantra for CHIVE Nation and in this case proceeds from an upcoming Southern California resort bash will aid combat-injured troops taking to the game of golf as a form of rehabilitation. 

Chive On CA—an official chapter of the lifestyle website—is hosting “CHIVE At Dive : Neon Nights” at Harrah’s Resort Southern California on Friday August, 7th, kicking off at 9:00 p.m. PT and going into the wee hours.

The San Diego-based chapter hosted a spirited event at Harrah’s in 2014, getting rowdy on the resort’s 400-foot lazy river, in order to raise monies for CHIVE Charities

This year’s proceeds will go to benefit Operation Game On; a charity run by Tony Perez, father to long-time PGA Tour professional Pat Perez.

The San Diego-based O.G.O. puts together intro-to-golf packages for military personnel suffering from physical and mental disabilities, by way of golf lessons by certified PGA instructors, a professional fitting session with PGA-qualified staff at TaylorMade’s “The Kingdom”, a brand new set of TaylorMade clubs, adidas golf apparel, as well as access to San Diego County courses at special discounted rates.

O.G.O. has also recently launched the WOW Program (Wives of Warriors), welcoming the strong women behind these heroic men into the rehabilitation process, helping them embrace golf, as well. 

The connection between O.G.O. and CHIVE On CA was made by Charlie Vazquez, an Army reservist, Staff Sergeant and a long-time “Chiver” who saw a natural fit between two solid groups. 

“Having seen theCHIVE community bring awareness and support to great causes over the years, it made it super-easy to pitch O.G.O. to the CHIVE on CA crew,” explained Vazquez, an O.G.O. student who began his lessons with the elder Perez and PGA professionals in mid-June. 
“Once I explained what the Perez foundation is doing to help wounded veterans move on from their injuries and to a place where they can start to enjoy life again, regardless of how big or small the setback, CHIVE Nation jumped at the opportunity to help.” 

Tickets for the event are expected to be on sale in the coming weeks and a room rate discount code will be made available for Chivers and other participants staying overnight at Harrah’s—which sounds like the smart play for this spirited bunch.

Friday’s festivities will be followed by Operation Game On’s 8th Annual Golf Classic at Morgan Run Golf Club in Rancho Sante Fe on Monday August 10th. At the time of this release, a handful of spots are still available for the laid back golf outing and banquet. 

For more on O.G.O. visit the official website as well as the 2014 tournament recap by theCHIVE, hosted on their military-themed site, theBRIGADE.

To RSVP for CHIVE On CA’s “CHIVE At Dive” via Facebook, click here.

Pat Perez: Second Round 70 At The Memorial

Pat Perez had a few rough holes early, rebounded in style, gave one back midway through and closed strong as the wind started picking up late at Muirfield Village, finishing with a second round 70 at the Memorial Tournament on Friday.

Perez started on No. 1 and opened with a par before a bogey-birdie-bogey run had him plus-one after four. Back-to-back shots into the left rough were the culprit on the par-four second, setting up a 35-footer for par that ran short. 

On the par-three fourth, a 14-footer for birdie had Perez back to even but a seven-footer ran wide on the par-three fourth. From there, two consecutive birdies got him to under par on the day. 

Perez took advantage of the par-five fifth by way of a 272-yard tee shot, a 263-yard second shot to the green and a 30-foot putt that ran wide, setting up a 16-incher for four. On the par-four sixth, a 266-yard tee shot to the right intermediate was followed up by a 171-yard second shot to the green, leaving an eight-footer for birdie.

Three consecutive pars followed, with Perez misreading the break on a five foot birdie putt, leaving a three-footer for par.

Perez’s final bogey of the day occurred on the par-four tenth, where his second shot out of the right rough set up a 15-foot par putt that rolled long, leaving two-foot bogey tap-in. 

From there Perez played the day’s final eight holes two-under, carding birdies on the par-four thirteenth and the par-five fifteenth. Perez rolled in an 11-footer for three on thirteen, while a 57-foot eagle putt came up two feet short on fifteen, setting up a very makable four.

A birdie opportunities were missed down the stretch; an eight-foot attempt on the par-four fourteenth. Outside of that, the best looks Perez had were a 16-footer on the par-four seventeenth and 20-footer on the par-four eighteenth. 

Perez averaged 278 yards driving distance on Friday, was 71.43-percent in driving accuracy, was 75-percent in greens-in-regulation, 55.56-percent in scrambling and -0.70 in strokes gained putting.

As Friday afternoon action wraps at Muirfield Village, Perez is currently ranked T16th and six strokes off the lead—with lots of logjam as fourteen players are hovering between seven- and eleven-under. 

Saturday’s tee time is set for 12:05 p.m. ET, where Perez will be paired with Chris Stroud.  

IN OTHER NEWS: On the media front, Friday was a busy day for Perez as two major news outlets ran stories on the PGA Tour veteran.

New York Times columnist Karen Crouse spent some time with Perez at Muirfield Village this week and penned a story that ran in Friday’s sports section (page B16) as well as online, while John Resig—cofounder of theCHIVE.comgave Perez another shoutout in his beloved D.A.R. (Daily Afternoon Randomness) late in the day; citing the Times piece as well as his budding friendship with Perez. 

Pat Perez: Opening Round 68 At The Memorial

Pat Perez fired an opening round 68 at Muirfield Village on Thursday, putting him one stroke off the lead early on at the Memorial Tournament.

Perez, in one of the day’s first groups, got off to a fast start, gave a few strokes back mid-round, but closed strong, picking up where he left off regarding a recent T5th finish at the Colonial two weeks back. 

Starting on No. 10, Perez opened with three consecutive pars; staring down a 17-foot birdie opportunity on the par-five eleventh and a 10-footer on the par-three twelfth. Neither fell, but the next three did, putting Perez three-under after six. 

Perez knocked down a six-footer on the par-four thirteenth and almost eagled from 112 yards out on the par-four fourteenth, leaving a three footer for three. On the par-five fifteenth, a 274-yard tee shot was followed by a 229-yard shot to the right intermediate and an 81-foot third shot, setting up the two-foot tap-in for four. 

A little trouble on the closing holes followed as Perez couldn’t sink a seven-footer on the par-three sixteenth. On the par-four eighteenth, a 297-yard tee shot to the left rough was followed buy a 68-foot second shot to the left fairway and a 158-yard third shot to the right front green side bunker. Perez got up in four, rolling in a two-footer for bogey. 

One-under after nine, Perez carded four consecutive pars—his best look at birdie, a 19-footer on the par-three fourth that rolled long and wide by four feet. From there, Perez closed strong with three birdies over his final five holes. 

On the par-five fifth, a 297-yard tee shot to the left fairway was followed by a 193-yard second shot to the right rough and a 72-yard third shot, landing on the green and leaving a two-footer for four. 

After a par on sixth, another par-five opportunity capitalized upon with Perez rolling in a six-footer after sticking his third shot 138 yards to the green, after opening with a 269-yard tee shot to the fairway bunker and punching out a 171-footer to the left fairway. 

Perez parred No. 8 but ended the day in style, picking up one final birdie on the par-four ninth—hitting his tee shot 271 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 149 yards to the green and setting up a 21-incher for three. 

Perez averaged 271 yards driving distance on the day, was 78.57-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent in greens-in-regulation, 75-percent in scrambling and was -1.00 in strokes gained putting. 

As of 2:00 p.m. ET, There are currently four players at five-under and five other players at four-under with Perez, who is tied for fifth. 

Friday’s tee time is set for 12:21 p.m. local, where Perez will again be paired with Jeff Overton and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, going off of No. 1 at Muirfield. 



Perez: Tee Times Announced For The Memorial

Pat Perez is back in Ohio for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. This marks the thirteenth time Perez has participated in the event over the years, coming off a T69th finish in 2014. 

Perez’s history at Muirfield started slow, but ramped up over the years. His best finish was T8th in 2013, followed by T19th in 2010. Outside of that, T25th (2012), T30th (2011) and T26th (2008). Perez didn’t play the Memorial in 2009 or 2004 and missed five cuts between his rookie season in 2002 and 2007.

After sitting out last week’s Byron Nelson Championship in Dallas, Perez rolls into Dublin just over a week removed from a T5th finish at Colonial; highlighted by a Sunday round of 64. He’s also headed to the Memorial putting as well as he has the past five seasons; currently ranked 44th in strokes gained.

Perez hasn’t finished lower than T26th in his last six starts and is picked again as a “sleeper” this week by’s Rob Bolton

Regarding the track itself, Muirfield Village Golf Club is a 7,392-yard, par 72 built by Jack Nicklaus, with the intent of bringing the PGA Tour to his hometown. The course opened in 1974 and is a favorite amongst Tour pros, while showcasing some bigger-scale events over the years. 

Besides the Memorial, “Jack’s Place” hosted the Ryder Cup (1987), Solheim Cup (1998) and President’s Cup (2013), as well as the U.S. Amateur (1992). 

Tee times have been announced for Thursday and Friday, with Perez getting the early/late draw. He’ll go off of No. 10 on Thursday at 7:31 a.m. and off of No. 1 on Friday at 12:21 p.m., while paired with Jeff Overton and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano both days. 

Perez enters this week ranked 50th in the FedExCup standings and 106th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Aside from being 44th in strokes gained putting, Perez is 33rd in driving accuracy percentage, 71st in greens-in-regulation percentage and 19th in birdie  average.