Perez: Eight-Under After Two At Quicken Loans

Pat Perez put together back-to-back round of 67 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and enters the weekend eight-under at the Quicken Loans National.

Perez’s bogey-free round on Thursday featured four birdies—three on par-fours and one on a par-three. Perez rolled in a 17-footer for three on No. 6 and a clutch eight-footer on the par-three eleventh, before a birdie-par-birdie-par finish. 

On Friday, back-to-back pars opened the round before the day’s first birdie.

Perez hit his tee shot 299 yards to the left fairway on the par-four twelfth and his second shot 190 yards to the green, setting up the 12-foot birdie putt. From there, back-to-back pars before getting to two-under on the day.

After hitting his tee shot 294 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 187 yards to the green, Perez rolled in the ten-foot for three.

Two consecutive bogeys ensued, bringing Perez back to even on the day—but a birdie-birdie stretch put him back on track.

Perez hit his tee shot 270 yards to the right fairway on the par-four eighteenth and his second shot 187 yards to the green, setting up a 17-foot birdie putt that he knocked down. After the turn, a 266-yard tee shot to the right fairway on No. 1 and a brilliant 150-yard second shot to the green, leaving a two-foot tap in.

Back at two-under, Perez had one final blemish on the day; bogeying the par-four second—but responded with two consecutive pars before rattling off three birdies in a row, getting him to four-under on the day, where he’d stay.

Perez birdied his first par-five of the week on No. 5, hitting his tee shot 262 yards to the right rough, his second shot 180 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 84 yards to the green; setting up the eight-footer. 

On the par-four sixth, a 283-yard tee shot to the fairway bunker and a 129-yard second shot to the green, setting up a three-footer.

The morning’s final birdie came on the par-four seventh where Perez hit his tee shot 288 yards to the left rough and his second shot 161 yards to the green, leaving a four-and-a-half foot roll-in for Perez’s seventh birdie in 14 holes. 

Perez averaged 292 yards driving distance, 71.43-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent greens-in-regulation, 75-percent scrambling and 2.06 in strokes gained putting.

As of 12:40 p.m. ET Perez is currently T2 and one stroke off the lead. Saturday’s tee times will be announced at the completion of Friday’s second round.

 

Tee Times & History At Quicken Loans National

Pat Perez is in action at Robert Trent Jones this week for the Quicken Loans National. Perez is coming off a T18 finish at last week’s RBC Canadian Open and is currently ranked 53rd in the FedExCup standings.

Perez has played the National every year since its inception in 2007; missing the cut twice in eight tries—most-recently in 2014. His best finish was T3 (2007) and outside that has finished T12 (2008), T29 (2012), T38 (2011), T62 (2010) and 76 (2013).

Those events took place at Congressional Country Club—with RTJ hosting the event moving forward in odd-numbered years. The National usually takes place in early July but was moved due to one fewer week this year between the U.S. Open and The Open. 

Tee times have been set, with Perez getting the late/early draw; going off No. 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday and No. 10 at 7:15 a.m. ET on Friday. He’s paired with Cameron Tringale and William McGirt both days.

Perez is ranked 13th in this week’s “Power Rankings” by PGATour.com’s Rob Bolton, with Bolton stating: “Late entry at Glen Abbey yielded a T18, his ninth top 25 of 2015. Inside the top 45 in fairways hit, GIR and strokes gained: putting. T7 in par-4 scoring.”

Regarding this week’s track, Robert Trent Jones Golf Club measures 7,385 yards and is a par 71.

According to PGATour.com’s breakdown: “Sculpted along the shores of Virginia’s Lake Manassas, RTJ got its beginnings when the renowned architect discovered the land during an aerial site survey for another project. Jones loved the terrain so much that he bought the acreage himself and commenced on designing a layout that would attract a world-class membership. RTJ opened in 1991 and became the early home of the new Presidents Cup, playing host to the U.S.-vs.-International team matches four times between 1994 and 2005.”

This week’s charity is The Tiger Woods Foundation, with proceeds earmarked for two Tiger Woods Learning Center campuses in Washington, D.C. along with 25 Tiger Woods scholars who hail from the D.C. area. 

Thursday and Friday TV coverage will take place 2:30-6:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Weekend coverage is on Golf Channel from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET and shifts to CBS from 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

Pat Perez Wraps RBC Canadian Open T18

Pat Perez had a colorful scorecard Sunday at Glen Abbey—plus-two at the turn and two birdie-bogey runs on the back nine, before a two-hole stretch-of-blue that was the difference between T41 and T18 at the RBC Canadian Open.

Perez opened the final round with back-to-back pars, before bogeying the par-four third. He responded with a birdie on the par-four fifth—rolling in a 13-footer getting him back on even on the day. 

Back-to-back pars ensued on No. 6 and No. 7 before Perez settled back in with two consecutive pars before the turn.

On the par-four tenth Perez his 248 yards far right and his second shot 192 yards to the green, where he dropped in a 51-footer for three—but quickly gave it back on the par-four eleventh when he couldn’t roll in a six-footer for par. 

Back to plus-two on the day, Perez parred the next three holes—his best look at birdie a 10-footer on the par-four fourteenth that rolled long and wide.

Perez escaped disaster on the par-five thirteenth—rolling in a nine-footer for par after hitting his second shot in the water, taking a drop and sticking his fourth shot 115 yards to the green. 

Perez got back to one-under with a birdie on the par-three fifteenth, hitting his tee shot 140 yards to the green and rolling in a 27-footer.

On the par-five sixteenth, Perez hit his tee shot 305 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 206 yards to the right rough, but struggled to get out—sending his third shot 21 feet to the right fairway. Perez was on the green in four, but couldn’t knock down the six-footer for par, setting up the 17-inch bogey putt. 

Instead of dejection setting in, determination took over as Perez picked up three strokes over the day’s final two holes.

On the par-four seventeenth, Perez crushed his tee shot 329 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 129 yards to the green, setting up a three-foot tap in.

From there Perez attacked the par-five eighteenth, hitting his tee shot 307 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 205 yards to the green, leaving a 14-foot eagle putt which Perez confidently rolled in, closing out a final-round 71. 

Perez averaged 318 yards driving distance, was 50-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation, 37.50-percent in scrambling and 1.46 in strokes gained putting.

This week’s T18 is Perez’s seventh Top 25 in the last ten events and the finish moved him from 58th to 53rd in this week’s FedExCup standings.

Perez has played 21 events on the season thus far and will be in action two more times before The Playoffs get underway; this week’s Quicken Loans National and the upcoming PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Pat Perez Nine-Under After Three At Glen Abbey

Pat Perez carded a third consecutive 69 at Glen Abbey on Saturday and sits at nine-under after three at the RBC Canadian Open in Ontario.

Perez opened with three pars before picking up the day’s lone bogey on the par-three fourth—knocking down a seven-footer for four after going right green side bunker and right rough on his first two shots. 

From there Perez settled in with five consecutive pars—his best look at birdie coming on the par-three seventh, where a 10-footer rolled long and wide, leaving a three-footer for three.

Plus-one at the turn, Perez immediately got one back with a birdie on the par-four tenth, rolling in a 28-footer to get back to even on the day. From there, back-to-back pars before Perez carded an eagle on the par-five thirteenth—holing out from the left fairway, 43 yards out. 

Perez parred four of the next five, but knocked down one final birdie on the par-five sixteenth.

After crushing his tee shot 335 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 175 yards to the left rough, Perez stuck his third shot to within five feet and tapped in for four. On No. 18, the day’s final par-five, an 11-foot birdie attempt rolled long and wide, leaving a three-foot comeback for par. 

Perez averaged 306 yards driving distance 42.86-percent in driving accuracy, was 66.67-percent in greens-in-regulation, 83.33-percent scrambling and 0.16 strokes gained putting.

As of 5:30 p.m. ET, Perez is currently T16, six strokes off the lead and looks to be paired with Matt Kuchar for Sunday’s final round at Glen Abbey. 

 

Opening Round 69 For Pat Perez At Glen Abbey

Pat Perez carded four birdies and one bogey en route to an opening round 69 at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario on Thursday, leaving him five strokes off the lead as the afternoon tee times go off. 

Perez got busy early, with back-to-back birdies. After opening with a par, Perez hit his tee shot 281 yards to the left rough, his second shot 139 yards to the right fairway and his third shot 111 yards to the green, setting up the ten-footer for birdie on the par-five.

On the par-four third, a 305-yard tee shot to the left rough, followed by a 146-yard second shot to the left rough, where Perez holed-out from 15-yards and was two-under after three.

Back-to-back pars ensued—where Perez missed a 12-footer for birdie on the par-three fourth—before a bogey on the par-four sixth. Stuck in the right rough, Perez hit his second shot 164 yards into the right rough, as well—his third shot going 34 feet to the green and leaving an eight footer for par which rolled wide. 

From there, three consecutive pars—missing a seven-footer for birdie on the par-three seventh—before carding the day’s third birdie on the par-four tenth.

Perez hit his tee shot 308 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 126 yards to the green, setting up a ten-footer which he rolled in for three.

Six consecutive pars followed—Perez’s best look at birdie coming on the par-four eleventh where he sent a 12-footer long and wide, setting up the two-foot tap-in for par.

On the three remaining par-fives—No. 13, No. 16 and No. 18—Perez faced a 20-footer, a 40-footer and a five-footer—none of which fell for birdie. Perez did nab one final birdie on the par-four seventeenth, hitting his second shot 163 yards to the green and leaving a one-foot tap-in for three, getting to three-under on the day. 

Perez averaged 285 yards driving distance, was 57.14-percent in driving accuracy, 66.67-percent in greens-in-regulation, 83.33-percent in scrambling and -1.25 in strokes gained putting. 

Perez will be back at it at 12:35 p.m. ET on Friday, going off of No. 10 where he’ll again be paired with Luke Guthrie and Alex Prugh.  

 

 

RBC Canadian Open Tee Times & Picks

Tee times have been announced for this week’s RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course and Pat Perez landed the early/late draw.

Perez will go off No. 1 at 7:20 a.m. ET on Thursday, followed by a 12:35 p.m. ET go-time off of No. 10 on Friday. He will be paired with Luke Guthrie and Alex Prugh both days. 

Perez is getting some love in this week’s Power Rankings at PGATour.com, as well as in the Expert Picks

Fantasy Columnist Rob Bolton ranked Perez ninth on his list; his reasoning: “Nine consecutive cuts made include six top 25s. Sits 38th in greens in regulation, 44th in strokes gained: putting and T7 in par-4 scoring.”

Digital Producer D.J. Piehowski has Perez as one of his four picks this week, as well.  

Tune in Thursday morning as the RBC Canadian Open gets underway.  

Perez Ontario-Bound For RBC Canadian Open

Pat Perez took in the excitement of Opening Day at Del Mar race track last week—enjoying down time with family and friends in San Diego—but is back to work and playing three of the next four; starting with this week’s RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Ontario.

While Perez is a long-time fan of this event and track, his history in Ontario has been either feast or famine. Perez has played Glen Abbey a dozen times in his career, where he’s missed five cuts—but has also notched finish of T50 (2011), T24 (2009), T65 (2005), T14 (2004), T32 (2003) and T12 (2002) his rookie season. His best finish to date; T10 (2007).  

Perez enters this week 57th in the official FedExCup rankings (yet to be updates due to the The Open’s Monday finish); looking to find that pre-playoff groove. Perez recently finished T55 at the John Deere Classic and T57 at the Memorial. Sandwiched between the two; T22 at the Greenbrier Classic.

Prior to that, a six-event stretch where Perez finished no lower than T26 (RBC Heritage) and has high as T5 (Colonial). He’s played 20 events this season and has one missed cut since October 2014.

Regarding this week’s track, Glen Abbey is a par 72 measuring 7,273 yards. The course opened in 1977 and was the first solo design by Jack Nicklaus. This marks the 27th Open helped at Glen Abbey and sports a back nine featuring “Valley Holes”—starting with a tee shot at No. 11 to a fairway over 60 feet below. It’s soon followed by Sixteen Mile Creek for three holes, before climbing out at No. 16.

This week’s charity is the Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, which operates 14 homes in Canada, helping families of seriously ill or injured children with a place to live while their child receives treatment. Over the years, this event has raised over $45M for charity.

Tee times will be announced later this week, with PatPerezGolf.com providing event and social media coverage throughout the weekend.

Golf Channel will cover this week’s event, with weekend coverage provided by CBS from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.  

#FindDannyAGirl Trending, Going Global (Literally)

Pat Perez had three rounds in the 60′s and finished T55th at the recent John Deere Classic, but his off-the-course matchmaking efforts are all the rage.

Last week’s efforts to find fellow pro Danny Lee a girlfriend has been the talk of the PGA Tour—with Perez creating the hashtag #FindDannyAGirl and asking interest ladies to send in their submissions.

PGATour.com picked up the story on Monday, with Amanda Balionis breaking down the scoop in her “Trending On Tour” weekly segment. Balionis spent :45 discussing wins by Jordan Speith and Rickie Fowler before dedicating 1:10 to Perez’s matchmaking efforts.

Perez referred to Lee as, “The South Korean Pride of New Zealand” in his open-letter last Tuesday; with Stuff.co.NZ picking up the story on Monday and blasting it out to New Zealanders countrywide. 

When catching up with Perez on Saturday between a handful of rain delays, he appeared to be having fun with the attention the story was receiving, as well as manufacturing another way to bust Lee’s chops. 

“We did dinner at Duck City together a few nights this week and by Friday night, it was the only thing people were talking about,” explained Perez outside the locker room at TPC Deere Run.

“Everyone who stopped by the table brought it up; other Tour pros, patrons, Chef Charles—you name it. The hashtag we put out there, the photo, the media coverage; it’s surprisingly picking up steam. Same thing on the course. Seemed like between every hole someone was making reference to it.” 

Perez quipped earlier on Monday that submissions were “rolling in”— in parenthesis joking that it was more of a “trickle”. The Tour veteran also made reference on Instagram to a Dating Game-style contest once his team has sifted through the entries and a Top Ten has been narrowed down. 

Regarding on-the-course efforts, Perez put together a consistent bogey-free round of 69 on Thursday and was four-under through eight on Friday, before a bogey on No. 18 and nine consecutive pars—leaving him five-under entering the weekend. 

Saturday got off to a quirky start for Perez; an early morning downpour and thunder halting the round two shots into his first hole. Action resumed within the hour, with Perez nearly dropping a 14-footer for birdie, but settling for four. 

The steady rain continued, with Perez making par on the next four holes before carding his first birdie of the day on the par-four sixth, where he rolled in the 32-footer for three.

Perez then his his tee shot 215 yards to the green on the ensuing par-three, setting up a 54-foot birdie putt before the horn blew a second time and an hour-long delay broke momentum.

Back on the green over an hour later, Perez managed to roll in the lengthy birdie putt getting to two-under and minus-seven on the event.

From there, a few hiccups with a bogey-par-bogey-double stretch, before closing out with seven consecutive pars en route to two-over on moving day. Come Sunday, a solid four-birdie round of 69—getting tripped-up on No. 9 with a double bogey.

Perez immediately bounced back with a birdie on the par-five tenth and picked up another stroke on the day’s final par five—No. 17—wrapping two-under on the day. 

Next up for Perez, an off-week before heading north of the border to the RBC Canadian Open and the Quicken Loans National. He rolls into this off-week ranked 56th in the current FedExCup standings and 113th in the Official World Golf Rankings.


Opening Round 69 At John Deere Classic

Pat Perez shot a bogey-free opening round 69 at TPC Deere Run on Thursday; knocking down two birdies en route to 69.

Perez opened with three consecutive pars before picking up a stroke on the par-four fourth. After hitting his tee shot 302 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 137 yards to the green, Perez rolled in a 16-footer getting him to one-under after four. 

Eight consecutive pars followed; with a few birdie looks that didn’t fall—a 12-footer on the par-four sixth and an 11-footer on the par-four ninth, his best opportunities. 

The day’s second and final birdie occurred on the par-four thirteenth after Perez drove his tee shot 275 yards to the fairway bunker, his second shot 148 yards to the green and rolling in an 11-footer, getting to two-under on the day—where he’d remain. 

Perez was unable to capitalize on any of TPC Deere Run’s three par-fives on Thursday—facing birdie putts of 26 feet on No. 2, 13 feet on No. 10 and 18-feet on No. 17—his closest run coming up nine inches short on the day’s second hole. 

Perez averages 281 yards driving distance, 50-percent in driving accuracy, hit 83.33-percent greens-in-regulation, was 100-percent in scrambling and -0.32 in strokes gained putting. 

As of 1:45 p.m. CT, Perez is currently six strokes off the lead and T29th. Friday’s tee time is set of 1:20 p.m. CT, where he’ll again be paired with Vaughn Taylor and Blake Adams

 

Pat Perez: “Please Find Danny Lee A Girlfriend”

It’s not a bromance and it’s not a rivalry. At best, it’s an Odd Couple-type dynamic that needs a reality show on the Golf Channel sooner than later.

Until then, we’ll call it a random act of kindness (#RAKit) as PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez is on a mission to help find a girlfriend for fellow Tour pro and recent Greenbrier Classic winner Danny Lee.

Nothing short of a surprising move by Perez, who was last seen pranking Lee months back at the Phoenix Open; making his houseguest a dog bed, blowing his hearing with an airhorn and delivering a dogpile with fellow pro Jason Kokrak that had Lee running for the nearest Holiday Inn

Why Perez’s change of heart? Look no further than last week’s 21-word quote when Lee professed his love for accommodations at The Old White TPC, while professing his loneliness at the same time. 

“I love it here. My one wish is that I had a girlfriend. It wouldn’t be so lonely in my room,” admitted Lee in the saddest manner ever. 

Who knew how on point the Beatles were laying down those harmonies on “Can’t Buy Me Love”—though a safe bet John, Paul, George and Ringo never had such issues. Shedding a single tear here for this year’s Greenbrier champion—$1.2M richer after Sunday’s playoff victory. 

Perez—the BASE-jumping, crocodile-wrestling, shark-diving, volcano-luging, bear-fighting, snake-wrangling, motocross-racing matchmaker—has taken it upon himself to help Lee find love, or at least companionship.

Anything is better than seeing a fellow PGA Tour winner investing 13 of his daily waking hours on his laptop playing “Batman: Arkham Knight” before sacking out in a single and ordering room-service-for-one. 

Any ladies out there up for the challenge? Perez recently launched the email address FindDannyAGirl@gmail.com, as well as the #FindDannyAGirl hashtag—asking any ladies up for the challenge to please chime in … and soon. 

“We’re talking about the South Korean pride of New Zealand here,” said Perez. “A PGA Tour champion two weeks shy of his 25th birthday? Don’t make him spend that night alone in Dallas. A little dinner. A few drinks. Some nightlife. Come on. If not, I have to take him out again and we’ve already met our quota for the month.” 

Perez was last spotted with Lee on Tuesday night at Duck City Bistro in Davenport, Iowa as both Tour pros are in town for the John Deere Classic and had a night out with the Callaway Golf crew, celebrating Lee’s recent victory.

Images were posted on Perez’s social media feeds as the night rolled on—a shot of Lee with a fresh new pipe, eventually getting the “Thug Life Maker” app treatment as things got spirited. 

Where this winds up, time will tell—but Perez seems intent on helping his pal find love, while Lee is certainly looking for it in all the wrong places.