Perez: T20th At Barclays; Jumps To 46th In FedEx

Pat Perez put together a spirited back nine on Sunday at The Barclays, going three-under after the turn, en route to a final round 69 and eventual T20 finish in the first FedExCup Playoffs event of the season.

Perez jumped from 54th to 46th in the newly-released FedExCup standings and is Boston-bound for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship; kicking off Friday and running through Labor Day.

For Perez, it was the perfect recipe for week one as there had been some rocky finishes at The Barclays over the years—putting more pressure on the Tour veteran at TPC Boston, where there has been some setbacks at the DBC, as well. 

Perez has only advanced to the BMW Championship twice since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007 and only once in the past six tries—most-recently in 2012, which was the last time he also made three consecutive cuts in FedExCup events.

In eight tries Perez is yet to make the TOUR Championship in Atlanta; an obvious goal as the 2015 season winds down.

Perez’s Sunday finish at Plainfield Country Club got off to a similar start as Saturday’s round; with an opening-hole bogey. Unlike round three, Perez quickly got back to even with a birdie on the par-three third; knocking down an 11-footer after a 187-yard tee shot to the green. 

Perez kept the scorecard clean with five consecutive pars—his best look at birdie, a 9’7″ attempt on the par-three sixth—before a double bogey on the par-four ninth. Perez found the right rough on his second shot, was on the green in four and couldn’t knock down the eight-footer for bogey, eventually taking in from 11″ for a six. 

From there, smooth sailing for Perez on the back nine; where he went three-under and wrapped one-under par. Perez birdied the par-five twelfth—hitting his tee shot 326 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 237 yards to the green and rolling in a six-footer for four. 

On the par-four fifteenth, Perez’s second shot was a 72-yarder to the green, setting up a 4’3″ short birdie putt and on the par-five sixteenth, a 303-yard tee shot to the left rough and 271-yard second shot to the right fairway were followed by a brilliant 29-foot shot to the green, with Perez almost holing out for eagle. Instead, a half-foot tap-in for four. 

Perez had an eight-foot birdie attempt on the par-four tenth that rolled long and wide, but made up for with a a great save on the par-four thirteenth; knocking down an 11-footer to avoid giving back a stroke. 

One last look at birdie came on the par-four eighteenth, but Perez couldn’t roll in the 14-footer, settling for the 2’4″ par putt. 

Perez averaged 308 yards driving distance, was 68.06-percent in greens-in-regulation, 58.93-percent in driving accuracy and 1.137 in strokes gained putting. 

Tee times for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship have been announced, with Perez getting the early/late draw—going off No. 1 at 8:54 a.m ET on Friday and No. 10 at 1:04 p.m. ET on Saturday. He is paired with Gary Woodland and Zac Blair both days. 

More from TPC Boston as the week progresses. 

 

Perez: 68-69-70 After Three At The Barclays

Pat Perez and Plainfield Country Club were in a dogfight on Saturday in the third round of The Barclays, ending in a draw. Perez picked up a late birdie on No. 16 getting him back to even on the day—keeping him at three-under entering Sunday’s final round in Edison, New Jersey.

Perez opened the day with a bogey on No. 1 and carded three consecutive pars before bogeying the par-four fifth, putting him at plus-two seemingly out the gate.

After a 143-yard tee shot on the par-four sixth, Perez knocked down the nine footer for birdie, getting back to one-under on the day.

Perez also knocked down a similar putt of equal distance for par on No. 2 and a seven-footer on the par-four fourth—keeping himself from unraveling; which was the case for playing partner Patrick Reed, who was plus-three after five and plus-six at the turn, en route to a third round 75. 

A ten-footer didn’t fall on the par-four seventh, setting up the two-foot bogey putt, but Perez responded with his second bounce-back birdie of the day on the par-four eighth.

After hitting his tee shot 284 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 177 yards to the green, Perez cooly rolled in a 15’7″ putt that got him back to plus-one on the day after the rocky start.

Perez made par on No. 10 and No. 11 before making birdie on the par-five twelfth. After hitting his tee shot 338 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 226 yards to the green, Perez came up nine inches shy of rolling in a 67 footer for eagle. Instead he settled for the tap-in birdie an getting back to even.

A six-footer rolled long on the par-four fourteenth after a 193-yard tee shot to the green, leaving a 2’7″ putt for bogey and after making par on No. 15, Perez carded his final birdie of the day on the par-five sixteenth.

Perez hit his tee shot 309 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 239 yards to the right rough and his third shot 27 yards to the green—leaving a three-footer which he rolled in, getting back to even for the third time on the day.

Perez had one final birdie opportunity on Saturday, staring down a six-footer on the par-four eighteenth, but his putt ran long and set up a 2’6″ comeback.

Perez averaged 323 yards driving distance, was 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation, 62.50-percent scrambling and 0.77 in strokes gained putting.

As of 4:30 p.m. ET Perez is T25 and seven strokes off the lead. According to the projected FedExCup standings, Perez is set to jump from 54th to 45th for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, barring a successful Sunday at Plainfield. 


 

Pat Perez: 68-69 After Two At The Barclays

Pat Perez was even at the turn, picked up a few on the back nine, survived a rough shot and closed with a birdie on one of the day’s hardest holes en route to a second round 69 at The Barclays.

Perez is currently T15 and four strokes off the lead as day two comes to a close and with eight birdies over a 36-hole span, appears to have a pretty good command on Plainfield Country Club entering the weekend. 

Perez teed off No. 1 at 12:22 p.m. ET on Friday, where he opened with a par before picking up a birdie on the par-four second. After hitting his tee shot 311 yards to the left rough, Perez stuck his 141-yard second shot to within three feet and tapped in, quickly getting to one under. 

Much like Thursday’s opening round, Perez strung together a slew of pars before a bogey on the par-four ninth; missing an eight footer for four and getting back to even at the turn. Over the six prior holes, Perez’s best look at birdie was 15’7″ on the par-four fifth. 

Perez went par-par out the gate on the back nine but was back to one-under after a birdie on the par-five twelfth. Perez hit his tee shot 310 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 208 yards right and his third shot 56 yards to the green, setting up a seven-footer for four. 

Back-to-back pars followed before the day’s third birdie; coming on the par-four fifteenth.

Again Perez had a 300-plus yard drive, followed by 51-yard shot to the green, setting up the ten-footer which he drained, getting to two-under.

After making par on No. 16, an errant tee shot out of bounds sent Perez back to the tee box. From there, a 239-yard third shot to the right fairway, a 164-second shot to the green and a twenty-footer for bogey that rolled 18-inches long and wide—setting up a short putt for double bogey. 

As has happened often this year, Perez responded—birdying the par-four eighteenth.

Perez hit his tee shot 286 yards to the front left green side bunker and his second shot 71 feet to the green, setting up a 13-foot birdie opportunity which he capitalized on—getting him back to one-under on the day and three-under on the event.

Perez averaged 297 yards driving distance, was 57.14 in driving accuracy percentage, hit 80.56-percent greens-in-regulation and was 1.333 in strokes gained putting.

Saturday’s tee times will be announced shortly with weekend TV golf coverage going from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Sunday’s coverage will take place 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and from 2:00 – 6:0 p.m. ET on CBS. 

Pat Perez: Opening Round 68 At The Barclays

Pat Perez knocked down four birdies at Plainfield Country Club on Thursday, but a late bogey resulted in an opening round 68 at The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey as the FedExCup Playoffs are officially underway. 

As Thursday draws to a close, Perez sits at T19 and three strokes off the lead. Friday’s tee time is set for 12:22 p.m. ET, where Perez will again be paired with Nick Watney and Brendon Todd.

Perez went off at 7:42 a.m. ET in the opening round, started on the back nine and was two under through three. Perez rolled in a nine-footer for birdie on the par-three eleventh and another on the par-five twelfth. 

After hitting his tee shot 314 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 210 yards also right, Perez knocked his third shot 52 yards to the green, setting up a 6’6″ putt for four. 

The day’s first bogey came on the par-four thirteenth where Perez found the right and the left roughs, before sending his third shot 124 yards to the green. Staring down a 14-footer for par, Perez left it three inches short and tapped in for five.

Four consecutive pars followed before Perez rolled in a birdie on the par-four eighteenth—his best look at birdie prior to coming on the par-four fifteenth where he left a 17-footer a few inches short. Perez wound up getting it back on No. 18, dropping in a 15-footer, getting him back to two-under on the day.

Perez opened the front nine with five consecutive pars—his closest look at birdie coming on No. 1 where a six-footer for three rolled long and wide, leaving a three-foot tap-in for par.

The par-three sixth marked Perez’s final birdie of the day, getting him to three-under as he rolled in an 8’4″ putt after hitting his tee shot 169 yards to the green, but one final bogey on the par-four eighth gave one back.

Perez averaged 278 yards driving distance, was 57.14-percent in driving accuracy, hit 83.33-percent greens-in-regulation, was 33.33-percent in scrambling and 1.57 in strokes gained putting.

 

 

Pat Perez Featured On theCHIVE Podcast

AUSTIN, Texas — PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez was officially the 32nd guest invited on to the official podcast for theCHIVE and after a spirited performance with hosts John Resig and Bob Phillipp, one could get the notion that things are just starting to warm up for this crew. 

Perez’s appearance was recorded mid-August in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona and will officially be available for download at midnight ET on Thursday August 27th. 

theCHIVE—known over the past seven years as “probably the best website in the world”—officially got into the podcast universe in late January and over the past eight months has become one of the biggest and best in the business. 

Initially ranked eighth via iTunes upon its release, theCHIVE Podcast is averaging a few hundred thousand downloads-per-week; by way of a natural flow between Resig and Phillipp and a vibe that fits the flow of their lifestyle brand—as well as a who’s who of big name guests.

Within weeks, theCHIVE welcomed entrepreneur, Dallas Mavericks owner and fellow Indiana native Mark Cuban on for a sit-down, while recent guests have included former Texas governor Rick Perry, “Lone Survivor” author and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, WWE superstar John Cena, Marc Maron of the popular WTF podcast as well as fellow comedians Jim Gaffigan, Nick Swardson, Adam Corolla and roastmaster Jeff Ross

Prior to Perez’s sit-down with theCHIVE, the podcast’s most-recent guest was actor Joel Murray; brother of Chive Nation’s unofficial mascot; the legendary Bill Murray.

Perez, Resig and Phillipp talked about life as a professional golfer, how the PGA Tour needs to reach millennials, all things Tiger Woods, the sensation that is yacht rock, Perez’s knack for social media, as well as the friendship that has been brewing between Perez and theCHIVE over the past year; fueled by a love classic 80′s movies and bad music. 

The Double P episode of theCHIVE’s podcast is available on iTunes, as well as or through Podcast One at 12:00 a.m. ET on Thursday—either via streaming or download—for those without early morning tee times. 

Perez will get his first listen of the episode late Thursday as he’s set to tee off at 7:42 a.m. ET at Plainfield Country Club for the opening round of The Barclays and the FedExCup Playoffs.

Perez entered this week 54th in the current FedExCup standings, which currently has him through the first three rounds as the top 125 play the Barclays, the top 100 make next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston and top 75 are in for the BMW Championship in Chicago late September.

Perez Ranked 54th Entering FedExCup Playoffs

Pat Perez is gearing up for his 24th event of the 2015 PGA Tour season and is New Jersey-bound for the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays

Perez skipped last week’s Wyndham Championship and is coming off a missed cut at the PGA Championship; breaking a streak of 11 consecutive cuts dating back to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March.

Perez’s history at The Barclays has been up, down an all around over the years. His best success came earlier in his career when the event—formerly known as the Buick Classic and Barclays Classic—was consistently held at Westchester Country Club; finishing T2 as a rookie in 2002, T22 in 2005 and T42 in 2004, while missing cuts in 2003 and 2007, and withdrawing in 2006.  

Upon the launching of the FedExCup in 2007, the event began rotating courses—starting with Westchester in 2007 and moving to Ridgewood (2008, 2010 and 2014), Liberty National (2009 and 2013), Bethpage (2012) and Plainfield (2011 and 2015.)

Perez’s best FedExCup Playoffs finish at The Barclays was T38 the event’s lone year at Bethpage. Outside of that, T60 at Ridgewood five years back and a handful of missed cuts.

Perez’s one crack at Plainfield—host site for this year’s event—brought an opening round 79 and W/D, the result of trying to play through an injury. 

The lack of slow starts at The Barclays have played a huge part in Perez’s season usually wrapping after the Deutsche Bank Championship, losing too much ground week out of The Playoffs.

He advanced to the BMW Championship twice in eight tries—2009; the year he won the Bob Hope Classic and 2012, where a T26 in Boston kept his season rolling one more week. 

Perez’s season came to a disappointing end in the FedExCup playoffs in 2014 after a blazing start to the year—T8 (Sony Open), T2 (Farmers Insurance Open), 11 (Phoenix Open) and T7 (AT&T National Pro-Am) set the tone.

Weeks later T11 (Valero Texas Open) and T18 (RBC Heritage) were the final bright spots before Perez’s season ultimate derailed. Perez missed cuts in five of the next eleven events and finished no better than T44, while also withdrawing from the Deutsche Bank Championship, ending his Playoffs run. 

From there, a T58 finish at the Frys.com Open and missed cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, prompting a coaching change—Perez immediately teaming up with swing coach Drew Steckel on the range that weekend in Las Vegas; a move that completely turned the Tour veteran’s game around almost overnight. 

The result; more consistency overall in 2015 and Perez entering this year’s Playoff’s riding high. In 23 events, Perez has made 19 cuts, has ten Top 25 finishes and two Top 10′s. His strongest showing on the year came at Pebble Beach, where he finished T4 and won the pro-am portion of the event with long-time partner Michael Lund

Since that missed cut in Orlando, Perez has finished in the Top 25 on eight occasions in twelve events (as well as T26 at the RBC Heritage.) His best finish in that stretch; T5 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial late May. 

Regarding this week’s course, Plainfield Country Club is a par 70 measuring 7,012 yards and this week’s winner will receive 2,000 points—four times the amount of a standard Tour event.

This marks the second time a PGA Tour event has been held at Plainfield; the first being The Barclays in 2011 where Dustin Johnson won a 54-hole shootout shortened by the approaching Hurricane Irene. 

Coverage for this week’s event will run Thursday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET and Sunday from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel with later weekend coverage moving over to CBS from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET on both Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Missed Cut At PGA; FedExCup Playoffs Next

Pat Perez appeared to have survived and up and down front nine, picking up a quick birdie after the turn, getting to plus-one on the event and in position to see the weekend at this week’s PGA Championship

Then “Cliff Hanger” happened; the thirteenth hole at Whistling Straits—derailing what outside of that was a soild outing at a major. 

Perez hit his tee shot 244 yards to the fairway bunker, but could only get his second shot 70 yards to the right rough—with his third shot only going 67 feet. A 48-yard fourth shot found the green, but set up a a 40-foot bogey putt that Perez ran to within seven feet; the double bogey putt rolling three feet long and wide before rolling in the three-footer for seven. 

Perez played the other seventeen holes even; three birdies, three bogeys and eleven pars.

The day’s first birdie came on the par-four fourth, getting Perez back to even after an opening-hole bogey. Perez hit his tee shot 275 yards to the left rough, his second shot 221 yards to the green and rolled in the six-footer for three. 

On the par-four sixth Perez hit his tee shot 306 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 35 yards to the green, setting up and eight-footer for birdie and getting to one-under on the day—before giving one back on the par-three seventh. 

Even at the turn, Perez birdied the par-four tenth; hitting his tee shot 280 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 83 yards to the green before rolling in a 12-footer for three. 

Perez parred the next two holes before getting into trouble on No. 13 and parred four-in-a-row from there, before a bogey on the par-four eighteenth; sending the nine-foot par putt long and wide, setting up the three-foot comeback.

Perez averaged 294.5 yards driving distance, 60.71-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation and -0.431 in strokes gained putting.

Next up for Perez, an off week home in Scottsdale before heading east for the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays. Perez is 52nd in the current rankings, which has him in the first three events, as of now—the Deutche Bank Championship and BMW Championship after the opener in New Jersey. 

Opening Round 74 For Perez At Whistling Straits

Pat Perez picked up three birdies on Thursday at Whistling Straits, but five bogeys—including back-to-back to finish the round—were the difference for the Tour veteran in the opening round of the 97th PGA Championship.

On a course littered with countless bunkers, Perez only found his way into the sand five times and the rough four. Perez averaged 283 yards driving distance on the day (where the current leader averaged 309 and the guy behind him, 280.

Perez was also 71.43-percent in driving accuracy, hit 50-percent greens-in-regulation, was 55.56-percent in scrambling and -0.33 in strokes gained putting; one of the round’s true culprits.

Paired with David Hearn and Brian Gaffney, Perez teed off No. 10 and opened with back-to-back pars before a bogey on the par-three twelfth; rolling a six-foot par putt long and wide. 

Two consecutive pars followed before a birdie-birdie run that had Perez one-under after seven.

Perez hit his tee shot 292 yards to the right fairway on the par-four fifteenth and his second shot 187 yards to the green, setting up the 13-footer for three. From there, a 290-yard tee shot on the par-five sixteenth, a 261-yard second shot to the right front green side bunker and an 81-yard third shot to the green, setting up the 10-footer he rolled in.

Prosperity was short-lived after a bogey on the par-three seventeenth, where a 201-yard tee shot to the front center green side bunker was followed by a 17-foot shot to the right rough; leaving a 40-footer for par.

To Perez’s credit, disaster was avoided when he rolled in the 10-footer for bogey, avoiding a dreaded five. 

Perez parred No. 18 and even at the turn, parred the first two holes on the front nine before a bogey on the par-three third—a 24-foot birdie putt running long, setting up a six-foot comeback that rolled long and wide. Perez went on to tap-in from half a foot for four.

A birdie on the par-five fifth got Perez back to even; a 287-yard tee shot, 231-yard second shot to the left fairway and 70-yard third show to the green, setting up the three-plus footer for four. 

Pars followed on No. 6 and No. 7 but back-to-back bogeys on No. 8 and No. 9 ended the  respectable round on a sour note; Perez unable to roll in par putts of 8’4″ and 11’4″ to keep him at even.

With optimal conditions early Thursday morning, followed by mid-to-late afternoon wind, Perez got the better opening round draw; as witnessed by his jumping over twenty spots as the day rolled on. Sitting at T110 soon after his round came to a close, Perez moved up to T80 as of 5:30 p.m. CT. Even par is currently T39.

Perez will be back in action on Friday at 12:00 p.m. CT, going off of No. 1—nicknamed “Outward Bound”.  

 

Pat Perez Gearing Up For PGA Championship

Pat Perez is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin getting ready for the year’s final major and his 23rd event of the season. This year’s PGA Championship is set to get underway at Whistling Straits, with Perez getting in back-to-back practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, with a final crack on Wednesday before showtime. 

Tee times have been set, with Perez getting the earliest slot on Thursday—going off of No. 10 at 6:45 a.m. and Friday’s start set for 12:00 p.m. off of No. 1. Perez will be paired with David Hearn and Brian Gaffney both days. 

Perez’s only history at Whistling Straits came in 2010 when he was second alternate, behind first alternate and Charley Hoffman. The two native San Diegans made headlines that week as they were made to wait on the No. 10 tee box all day, opposed to the practice facilities, per PGA rules. 

Perez mused that he and Hoffman were, “waiting for nothing” and felt it as an all or nothing proposition for the former high school rivals.”It’s either zero or two. It won’t be just one, you can bet on that,” Perez said; proving correct as neither eked in.

This time around Perez will get in 54 holes at the Pete Dye-designed track before things get real on Thursday. 

Whistling Straits is a 7,514-yard par 72 that was once an anti-aircraft training base and stretch of waste dumps along the shores of Lake Michigan—now set to host its third PGA Championship since 1998. According to PGATour.com’s breakdown of the course:

“Dye set about to bring the links-style look of Scotland and Ireland to America’s heartland, moving more than a million cubic tons of earth to create open, windswept terrain framed by wispy fescue and more than 1,000 bunkers. The PGA of America quickly became smitten, arriving for the first time in 2004 and again just six years later. After this edition, Whistling Straits will prepare to stage the 2020 Ryder Cup.”

Coverage of the 97th PGA Championship will take place on TNT from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, as well as 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the weekend.

Late weekend coverage will shift to CBS from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. 

 

Pat Perez’s Ultimate Spotify Yacht Rock Playlist

Whether he starts sporting a captain’s hat on the golf course, time will tell—but PGA Tour player Pat Perez has upped his yacht rock game with the recent creating of a smooth-sailing playlist via music-streaming service Spotify.

Spotify users woke up Saturday to find a new four-and-a-half hour mix, currently boasting 66 songs from artists like Hall & Oates, Player, Christopher Cross, Ambrosia, Kenny Loggins, Paul Davis, The Doobie Brothers and others who dominated the easy-breezy genre.

Stephen Hennessey at Golf Digest recent wrote about Perez’s flair and upgrades to his swing videos shared via social media; having his coach Drew Steckel shoot in slow motion, where Perez layers easy-listening jams that seems to fine the pace and tempo of the swing to perfection.

“We’ll give it to Double P—these beats work pretty well with the timing of the swing, Hennessey wrote weeks back, before the Tour veteran changed genres. Perez abandoned marina rock for hair metal the final two rounds at the Quicken Loans National, where he wrapped T21. 

Perez is currently gearing up for the year’s final major; the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. From there, an off-week before trekking back east for the opening round of the Playoffs. Perez is 46th in this week’s FedExCup rankings.

Below, the Pat Perez Yacht Rock Playlist on Spotify. Click “shuffle”, grab that box of wine and set sail.