Pat Perez Wraps Greenbrier Classic Nine-Under

Pat Perez shot a final round 68 at The Greenbrier Classic, wrapping the event nine-under on the week. A few early bogeys defined the front nine, but Perez quickly regrouped, closed strong and carded three birdies on the back nine en route to finishing two-under.

Perez started strong, hitting his opening tee shot 307 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 129 yards to the green, setting up a four footer for par on No. 1.

Back-to-back pars followed before a bogey-bogey stretch left Perez plus-one after five. Perez struggled with his second shot on the par-four fourth; punching out of the left rough and setting up a 25-foot birdie putt that ran way short. A ten-foot par putt rolled long, setting up a 17-inch comeback for five. 

Six consecutive pars followed, with the best two birdie looks coming on No. 9 and No. 10.  Perez faced a 12-footer just before making the turn, but couldn’t get it to fall and started the back nine with a ten-foot look and three, which ran two feet long. 

Perez knocked down a two-footer for par on No. 11 before birdies on three of the next six holes—taking advantage of the two final par-fives down the stretch.

A 282-yard tee shot, 295-yard second shot to the right fairway and 56 foot third shot to the green left Perez a three-footer for birdie on the par-five twelfth. From there, par-par-birdie, with Perez rolling in a 34-footer for two on the par-three fifteenth—making up for the 13-footer that ran long and wide on the par-four fourteenth. 

The day’s final birdie came on the par-five seventeenth after Perez knocked his tee shot 300 yards to the right fairway, his second 244 yards to the right fairway and his third 72 yards to the green, leaving a five-footer for four. 

Perez averaged 287.90 yards driving distance on the day, 78.57-percent in driving accuracy, hit 79.17-percent greens-in-regulation, was 60-percent in scrambling and 1.04 in strokes gained putting. Perez finished the week with 49 pars, 16 birdies and seven bogeys, his cumulative scorecard reading 67-68-68-68. 

Next up, a return to the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. 

 

Perez Cards Third Round 68 At The Greenbrier

Pat Perez knocked down five birdies on Saturday at The Greenbrier Classic, but a few untimely bogeys resulted in a third round 68, leaving Perez seven-under going into Sunday’s final round.

Perez—with the Independence Day-themed red, white and blue outfit—got off to a solid start, gave a few back after the turn and got one back late, en route to two-under. 

After opening with three consecutive pars, Perez birdied three of the next four holes, bogeyed the other and was two-under after seven.

Perez hit his tee shot 246 yards to the left fairway on the par-four fourth and almost holed out with a 167-yard second shot to the green, setting up a 21-incher for three. On the par-four fifth, a 238-yard tee shot to the right fairway and a 147-yard second shot to the green left a four-foot knock-down for birdie. 

An errant tee shot on the par-four sixth had Perez deep left, setting up an eventual 189-yard second shot to the right fairway. From there, a 46-footer to the green set up a 22-foot  par putt and eventually a two-footer for five.

Perez responded with a 247-yard tee shot on the par-four seventh and his 143-yard second shot set up a 12-footer that he knocked down for three. 

The day’s fourth birdie came on the par-four tenth after back-to-back pars closed out the front nine. Perez hit his tee shot 294 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 96 yards to the green, leaving a one-foot tap in for three.

Back-to-back bogeys followed, taking some early steam out of a final-nine run—Perez missing a seven-footer for par on No. 11 and battling with the left rough on the par-five twelfth, setting up a a 49-foot par putt and leaving a two-footer for six.

Perez got one back on the par-four fourteenth by way of a 265-yard tee shot to the left fairway, a 133-yard second shot to the green and rolling in brilliant 23-footer for birdie.

Four consecutive pars closed out the round of 68, with Perez’s best look at birdie coming on the par-four sixteenth, where a 15-footer rolled wide, leaving a one-foot tap-in.  

Perez averaged 284 yards driving distance, 73.81-percent in driving accuracy, was 77.78-percent in greens-in-regulation, 66.67-percent in scrambling and 1.11 in strokes gained putting. 

Sunday’s tee times will be announced at the completion of the third round. As of 5:00 p.m. ET, Perez is currently four strokes off the lead and T18th.

Second Round 68 For Perez At Greenbrier

Pat Perez was hot early, consistent in the middle and stumbled down the stretch, but still carded a second round 68 at The Greenbrier Classic and remains five-under after two.

Perez started on No. 1 and strung together three consecutive pars before birdies on three of the next four holes. 

After hitting his tee shot 270 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 157 yards to the green, Perez rolled in a 17-footer for three. The putter stayed hot as he responded with an 18-footer on the par-four fifth, after a 156-yard second shot found its way to the green. 

A 16-foot birdie opp rolled two feet long and wide on the par-four sixth, but Perez chipped in from 13 feet out on the par-four seventh and was three-under two holes before the turn.

From there, six consecutive par putts keep Perez on a roll and he got to four-under after a birdie on the par-four fourteenth; hitting his tee shot 246 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 141 yards to the green and knocking down the eight-footer.

Perez tapped in a two-footer on the par-three fifteenth, remaining at four-under with three to play. He found the water on No. 16—needing to roll in a 17-footer for bogey; his first of the week coming 33 holes into the tournament.

On the par-three eighteenth, Perez struggled getting out of the rough and left himself a 23-foot par putt that rolled long, setting up a four-footer for bogey. 

The setbacks knocked Perez from seven-under to five-under, which as of 12:30 p.m. ET is the difference between T5 and T13. The current leaders are at eight-under with the projected cut at minus-one. 

Perez averaged 285.80 yards driving distance on the day, was 67.86-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent greens-in-regulation, was 75-percent in scrambling and 1.45 in strokes gained putting. 

 Saturday’s tee times will be announced at the conclusion of round two. 

 

Opening Round 67 For Perez At Greenbrier

Pat Perez hadn’t seen tournament action since Sunday June 7th, where he stumbled down the stretch at the Memorial. Twenty-five days later, the veteran didn’t miss a beat at The Old White TPC, going three-under for a bogey-free opening round at The Greenbrier Classic.

There weren’t a ton of birdie looks on Thursday, but Perez knocked down what was in front of him, made his pars, picked up one final stroke late and enters Friday five strokes off the lead. 

Perez opened on No. 10 and picked up back-to-back pars before taking advantage of the days first par-five. Perez drove his tee shot 301 yards to the left fairway, followed up with a 276-yard shot to the right rough and chipped up to within two feet, rolling in birdie on No. 12. 

Two more pars followed before another birdie opportunity on the par-three fifteenth, where Perez hit his tee shot 215 yards to the green and dropped a nine-footer, getting him to two-under after six. 

From there, a stretch of nine consecutive pars with Perez’s closet look at birdie a 16-footer on the par-four sixteenth. Outside of that, consistent putting that left a lot of tap-ins for par. Perez faced a nine-footer on No. 1 and a five-footer on the par-four second, but nothing longer that could’ve resulted in a bogey, or worse. 

Perez’s putter was humming on No. 8, where he birdied his second par-three of the day, rolling in a 43-footer on the second-to-last hole, getting to three-under—where he finished after a 41-foot birdie opp rolled short on the par-four ninth, leaving a six-incher for four. 

Perez averaged 286.50 yards driving distance on the day, was 78.57-percent in driving accuracy, hit 83.33-percent greens-in-regulation, was 100-percent in scrambling and 1.42 in strokes gained putting. 

By day’s end Thursday, Perez was T27 and five strokes off the lead. 

Perez will be first off on Friday, teeing it up on No. 1 at 7:00 a.m. ET, again paired with Tommy Gainey and Jon Curran


 

Tee Times Announced For The Greenbrier Classic

Tee times for the first two rounds at The Greenbrier Classic have been announced and Pat Perez has drawn the late/early wave this week.

Perez will go off of No. 10 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, followed by a 7:00 a.m. ET go-time off of No. 1 on Friday. He’ll be paired with Tommy Gainey and Jon Curran both days. 

Perez enters this week 59th in the FedExCup standings and this marks his 19th event of the season, after a three-week layoff—sitting out Memphis, not qualifying for the U.S. Open and skipping Connecticut. 

Still, even with the layoff, good things are expected out of Perez at The Old White TPC, where he’s finished T6 (2013) and T9 (2010) in recent years.

Swing coach Drew Steckel explained some of what he and Perez have focused on this week in White Sulphur Springs, getting the Tour veteran tourney-ready for his first event since the Memorial. 

“Swing-wise we’re working on his face angle and plane at the top. At times, Pat tends to open it up and lay the club off,” said Steckel.

“We’re working with his wedges, as well as a new putter this week—but equally as important is having the right strategy on a course like this one where there are a lot of birdie opportunities out there,” explained the laid back, level-headed coach who also works with Tour pros Jason Gore and Danny Lee.

When asked if the strategy is different regarding no tournament golf since early June, Steckel stated that he and Perez are staying the course.

“We’re continuing to work on the same stuff we have all season. The goal right now is all about finishing strong, climbing in the FedExCup rankings and closing out tournaments. Pat has been knocking on the door all season and he’s getting close to putting it all together and achieving his goals. Really close.” 

Outside of working with Steckel, Perez has refocused off-the-course, as well, rededicating himself in the gym—his social media feeds with recent imagery of post-rounds on the treadmill or pounding the weights. 

NBC Golf will broadcast the first two rounds of the Greenbrier, with coverage from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday. Weekend coverage is from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, with coverage shifting to CBS from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET. 

IN OTHER NEWS: Fantasy golf participants seem to be on the Perez train this week, as Cory Bonini of USA Today listed him in his ‘Draws’ section“Prior to last year’s T75 disaster, Perez was automatic at the course, logging finishes of T6, T27, T9, respectively, the prior three tries. He has cracked the top 26 six of his last seven outings leading up to The Greenbrier and is a sneaky contender to be in the thick of it come Sunday.”