Perez & Lund Gear Up For The Dunhill

Pat Perez is back in action this week—heading across the pond for a rare European Tour event; The Dunhill. Perez played the event back in 2012 and made the trek to Scotland with AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am partner Michael Lund.

Perez and Lund brought home the 2015 pro-am title back in February and will look to make some history as a duo at the Dunhill, as well. Perez finished T66 three years back, going 72-70-69-73 over four rounds.

Tee times have been announced. Perez and Lund will play Carnoustie on Thursday, going off of No. 1 at 9:55 a.m. local time. They will be paired with Andrew Chandler and European Tour pro Matthew Fitzpatrick

Friday’s tee time is 9:00 a.m. local at Kingsbarn, where the duo will go off of No. 10 with Ric Kayne and fellow PGA Tour pro (and friend), Erik Compton.

Saturday brings Perez and Lund to the old course at St. Andrews, where they’ll start on No. 1 at 9:00 a.m. with Matthew Goode and European Tour pro Thomas Bjørn. Sunday’s final round will also take place at St. Andrews, barring Perez and Lund make the cut. 

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship began back in 2001. Somewhat modeled after the long-running Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the 54-hole cut is made of the top 60 professionals and leading 20 pro-am teams.

The star-power aspect of The Dunhill is also in line with Pebble, as big name celebrities, personalities and professional athletes have participated over the past decade-plus.
 
Regarding the three storied courses, all are a par 72 with St. Andrews measuring 7,307 yards, Carnoustie measuring 7,412 yards and Kingsbarn measuring 7,150 yards.

 

More With PGA Tour Swing Coach Drew Steckel

We interviewed PGA Tour swing coach Drew Steckel over the weekend and thanks to some solid, in-depth answers, we wound up stretching the piece into two separate articles.

Steckel has been working with Perez since last October when crossing paths at TPC Summerlin and have been a solid team ever since. Steckel also works with Tour pros Danny Lee and Jason Gore, who are also coming off of banner years—Lee reaching last week’s TOUR Championship and rattling off a third-place finish, vaunting him to ninth in the final standings. 

For those who missed Part One, give it a read. For those who are already invested in the story, here’s Part 2 with “Stecks”.

PatPerezGolf: Is there any one aspect of Pat’s game that you saw last fall in Las Vegas and knew you needed to work on immediately—something that was off and not in line with the type of player he is?

Drew Steckel: Pat’s ball-striking had gotten so far off the map for him. Throughout his career he’d been such a consistent ball-striker and to get to that place of inconsistency, where he didn’t know where the ball was going—that had become a problem we had to address immediately. 

Once we got that under control again—one of those fall events after Vegas; Malaysia or Mayakoba—he started to see the light at the end of the tunnel and started gaining momentum by the end of the year. 

By the time the west coast swing rolled around, he was really close to being back and quickly regained his form. 

PatPerezGolf: Do you have any examples this season where you saw things come to fruition for Pat; where the physical and mental all jelled and he found that zone that it takes to compete and win?

Drew Steckel: When he was in contention at THE PLAYERS and he led in fairways hit, distances of misses of missed fairways and greens-in-regulation—for the week.

Going into the final round he statistically had the highest chance of winning that golf tournament of anybody in the field because he had so much control over his golf ball and how he played tee-to-green.

Even the commentators acknowledged that this was a super-rare statistic—very few people who lead in these statistics not going on to win this golf tournament.

For Pat, leading in those categories for the week at a course like TPC Sawgrass—Stadium Course—was a huge thing for him. Knowing that he’d played very, very well on that stage and under those circumstances; it was great for him.

(Editor’s Note: Perez finished T17 after a Sunday round of 73, going 71-70-68 the three days prior.) 

PatPerezGolf: We have a lot of amateur golfers that read this site, as well as those who dream of competing at the highest level and are working to achieve that goal. You probably get this question all the time, but God-given talent aside, what are the most important aspects and traits for those working towards a PGA Tour card?

Drew Steckel: Finding the right instructor for you—finding the right fit—and then getting a plan with your instructor, having goals and mapping out those goals.

There’s a lot of different variety to choose from, but having a laid-out play and having that structure, goals, statistics, charting yourself and seeing how you’re progressing—is the best course.

If you don’t have anything to measure what you’re doing—where you’re going and where you want to be—you’re just floating with the wind. There needs to be a structure and mapped-out agenda to go along with the practice efforts being made. 

PatPerezGolf: Have you done the math regarding how much time you’ve spent on the road and how many events you’ve been at this season? With three players seemingly playing every week, you must be constantly living out of a suitcase, no?

Drew Steckel: I’ve missed four events this year; Malaysia, The Masters, the Honda Classic and the WGC Match Play. Those are the only events I haven’t worked over the past twelve months—and as long as the guys want to put in the work, I’d do it all over again and will be at every event, if that’s what’s needed.

My attitude is consistent and all three of them can tell you the same thing. If any of them want to workout after a round and hit the gym—great, let’s get after it.

I may not want to go to to the gym, but I’ll be there to help any of them if that’s what they want to do. I’m there. Any of them want to go to the range for a few hours after the round? Even better. Let’s go.

I want it for them as bad as they want it for themselves. There is no greater feeling for me as a coach than watching Pat, Danny and Jason succeed. It’s not about the money; it’s the feeling I get knowing that my guys—they’ve worked for it and knowing that I was a part of it—that’s everything to me.

PatPerezGolf: Any other thoughts or things to share as the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season comes to a close—and what are your goals for next season; personally, as well as for your players?

Drew Steckel: Personally, I’d like to keep all three of them on the same track. Each of them has their own uphill climb regarding what it will take to get better.

As far as Pat goes, I want him on an consistent workout routine this offseason—carrying over into 2016—as well as a consistent practice routine. I also want to see him playing golf courses that are more suitable to his strengths; laying out next year’s schedule this winter and making sure he’s tailoring the season’s events in a manner that best suits his game.

Play the Dunhill like he is this week. Play the Frys.com Open when he gets back. Play Vegas. Play Malaysia. Play Sea Island. Play Mayakoba.

Get five events under his belt before the new year starts. Get half a million to a million dollars in the bank before the Sony even rolls around.

Go into the west coast swing with that mentality that he’s already kept his card, allowing a more aggressive approach and a mindset that he’s playing to win.

PatPerezGolf: Thank you for your time Drew, and congrats on a stellar season with all three of your guys.

Drew Steckel: You’re welcome. Great to catch up and looking forward to doing it again.

PGA Tour Swing Coach Drew Steckel Opens Up

PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez and swing coach Drew Steckel crossed paths last October and it was a perfect fit from the get-go. Steckel teaches Perez, as well as fellow Callaway Golf staff pro Danny Lee and the affable Jason Gore

We caught up with “Stecks” (a nickname the legendary Steve Elkington bestowed upon him) Sunday afternoon as Perez was en route to Scotland for The Dunhill and Lee was wrapping the TOUR Championship T3, finishing 9th in the final FedExCup standings. 

Below is Part One of our sit-down with the PGA Tour’s fastest-rising coach and look out for Part Two on Tuesday: 

PatPerezGolf: Congratulations on a banner year with your three Tour pros; Pat Perez, Danny Lee and Jason Gore. All have had standout moments this season. Since this is an interview for PatPerezGolf.com, would you mind talking about the highlights of Pat’s season this far?

Drew Steckel: The biggest highlight of Pat’s season was his overall consistency. He’s always been a very good west coast player and we got him in contention in tournaments outside of February this season, which made for a big improvement in his psyche as the year went on.

Pat always starts out the year hot and then tends to regress a bit; where he doesn’t always have the most-consistent Florida, Midwest, or end of the year run, going into the Playoffs season. That wasn’t the case this year and it’s something we can build on this fall. 

PatPerezGolf: What do you think has changed? The west coast stuff makes sense, but why is the Florida swing or Midwest such a wildcard? What is your process and how do you reverse-engineer this pattern when it’s been going fourteen seasons strong? 

Drew Steckel: Keeping him focused week in and week out, while not letting him get sidetracked with distractions or getting comfortable and complacent. We’ve been working on keeping him focused on the bigger picture.

Pat wants to win golf tournaments. He doesn’t want to settle for Top Tens. He wants to play majors. He’s gotten to a point in his career where it’s very apparent that he doesn’t want to to be average anymore.

PatPerezGolf: Anything specific that has happened between you two that has helped knock those barriers down?

Drew Steckel: I think Pat not being afraid of success is a huge part of it—and letting him know how good he is as well as how good he can be. The potential has always been there and if anything he’s been an underachiever, at times. Sometimes you just need to be pushed.

Whether he’s getting the results he wants right now, he just needs to keep working and pushing forward with what he has to do. If he needs someone to push him every day and to motivate him, he’s going to have someone there—because that’s a big part of what I do. Finishing 25th or 30th; it’s not acceptable in my book, nor should it be acceptable in his.

PatPerezGolf: You seem to have a very no-nonsene approach with your players and the mental part of the game seems very important to you. Can you explain your approach in regards to balancing the mechanics required to succeed on Tour, as well as how you get your players mentally ready for the week-to-week grind?

Drew Steckel: I think the mechanics side is really the easy part. Once you get them to understand the pattern and the things they do—and then communicating in simple terms what they need to do—then you get them thinking; How am I gonna score? How am I gonna compete in play? How am I gonna win? How am I gonna get into the Top Ten? What am I gonna do to get better in areas where I don’t necessarily do well? What do I need to do and how should I practice to improve in those areas?

Giving the guys a game plan and getting them in the mindset where there saying, This is how I’m going to play my best this week.

This is what I brought to the tournament this week. Let’s go out and play. Let’s find a way to get it done and go from there. See what happens. Striving for the mechanics to be perfect; it’s something that’s always going on, but my job is to get them in a weekly mindset that their good is good enough to compete out here.

Get them to a place where they don’t mentally quit; where one bad shot can ruin a tournament or a bad shot or bad thought takes over and dictates their next three holes. Let’s bounce back. Let’s find a way to get the ball out of trouble. Let’s get past a bad putt and move on from it.

PatPerezGolf: Specifically what have you been working on with Pat? We know you two first crossed paths last year in Las Vegas—after Pat had a blazing start to the season, but faltered down the stretch. What did you do to get Pat back on track (so quickly)? Pat’s mentioned you guys getting back to basics. Can you explain specifically what that entailed?

Drew Steckel: The main thing with Pat and getting back to basics was explaining things in a simple way. Golf instruction can be a very complex thing and the way we communicate seems to fit with how he learns and his overall learning style. We started deprogramming his brain a bit; getting him back to being that natural player he is.

Pat is very instinctual, opposed to an in-tune, mechanical kind of guy—so the focus is on getting him to have a simple feel, or a simple thought with some simple things to work on. It’s allowed him to grasp it and take ownership of it, which allows him to go out to the course with a true confidence in what he’s doing.

If he has any doubt or questions—where he sort of understands it, but really doesn’t—he’s not going to have ownership and he’s not going to play well.

(Look out for Part Two with Drew on Tuesday afternoon where he’ll discuss Perez’s biggest strength, the tournament where things went next-level this season, life on the road as well as tips for amateurs looking to identify a swing coach and strategy for their overall game.) 

 

Team Perez: A Little Off-Week Non-Mullet Chatter

Pat Perez recently wrapped his FedExCup Playoffs run and is prepping to head across the pond for a European Tour event—the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, taking place at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kings Barn, with action getting underway October 1st.

Once back in the States, Perez will dive into the PGA Tour’s fall season, heading to Napa and Las Vegas back-to-back while expected to play events in Malaysia, Mexico and possibly Sea Island (GA). 

Between the off-week and so much general seriousness in the world right now, seemed like a good time to lighten moods with some down-time, hair-related chatter—mullets versus long-flowing rocker hair.

With most Tour pros opting for shorter locks—while others deal with the standard male pattern baldness that comes with this phase of adulthood—Perez decided to get-his-flow-on a few years back, growing his mane out starting early 2013.

Two years later the 14-year PGA Tour pro sports a pelt that looks more Master Of Puppets than The Masters—which is perfectly in line with Perez’s I-do-what-I-want personality. 

Where the hairstyle has brought some confusion over the past year—the fact that Perez is most often in the public eye while on a golf course, rocking a flat-brim Callaway Golf hat that covers everything but the ears down; hiding the front and showcasing the flow.

The result? A whole lotta misguided mullet-related chatter.  

Perez was a recent guest on theCHIVE’s podcast (featured on Podcast One and available via iTunes.) During the course of the interview with hosts John Resig and Bob Phillipp, Phillpp pulled a recent quote from golf columnist Michael Bamberger; one of many in the golfing community to confuse long hair with being mulletastic.

“Pat Perez is a tough guy. The Tour needs more like him. He plays fast, says what he thinks and lets his freak flag fly,” wrote Bamberger in mid-August for Golf.com.

“He reminds me of Lanny Wadkins. I’ve always liked him. As for his hair—a jet-black mullet on steroids—Perez is closer to pulling off the Alice Cooper look than Alice.”

Phillipp’s recalling of Bamberger’s quote during the taping of the podcast proved to be the tipping point, with Perez using this platform and monster-sized audience to finally set the record straight.

“First of all, do people actually know what a mullet is and where it started,” Perez asked Phillipp and Resig in a humorous tone. “This hair right here—this is not a mullet,” he expressed, while removing his hat off and grabbing his chin-length hair up front. 

“This is like rocker hair. Would anybody say that Dave Navarro (guitarist for Jane’s Addiction) has got a mullet? No, it’s not a mullet. It’s full hair all the way around—it just happens to be long.”

The animated explanation continued once Perez realized he’d gotten his hosts properly fired up. 

“You want to see a real Tennessee Waterfall, you go to somewhere in the south. You want to see a Mississippi Mudflap? It’s side here, shaved up here, you got the jorts with the white Reeboks on; that’s where mullet comes from.”

Resig’s simple response; “That’s a flowing mane,” while pointing to Perez’s salad. 

Per the official definition at Urban Dictionary a mullet is described as, “A hairstyle in which the front is cut trim, but the back is long, left wild and often uncut. Even when the back is cut, it is still longer than the front. It is the sign of the redneck.”

In line with Perez’s “mudflap” and “waterfall” references, the site also listed the following monikers for the loved, hated and feared “mullet”: Ape Drape. Beaver Paddle. Bi-Level. Camero Cut. Business In The Front, Party In The Back. Canadian Passport. Coupe Longveuil. El-Camino. Hockey Hair. Missouri Comprimise. Neckwarmer. Ranchero. Shlonc (short + long). Achy-Breaky-Bad-Mistakey. Soccer Rocker. Squirrel Pelt. Tennessee Tophat. Yep-Nope.

By definition, the debate appears settled as Perez’s up-front business isn’t short and the back—wild at times—will get a clean-up before the Tour’s fall season gets underway. Whatever the case, there should be a Pantene or Head & Shoulders rep on the phone with Team Perez working up a fresh campaign for 2016.

#MakeAmericasHairGreatAgain might be a great place to start. Derpy Mullety Andre agrees. 

 

Final Round 66 For Perez At Conway Farms

Pat Perez got off to a blazing start Sunday at Conway Farms in the final round of the BMW Championship. Seven-under through ten, Perez wrapped with a 66 and a T45 finish in what will be his final FedExCup Playoffs event of the year.

Perez needed to card a Top Ten last week to advance to this week’s TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Instead he’s fifteen spots out of the Top 30 and dropped to 45th in the latest standings. 

One-over through three rounds—going 72-71-71—Perez hit the ground running on day four, birdying four of his first five holes. Perez dropped an 11’6″ putt on No. 1 to get things rolling and hit his tee shot 179 yard to the green on the par-three second, setting up the 4’7″ birdie putt. 

Perez drained a 6’3″ putt on the par-four third, hitting his tee shot 258 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 142 yards to the green. He cooled off momentarily on the par-four fourth, leaving a 20-footer for birdie a foot short, but picked up another stroke with a birdie on the par-four fifth. 

Perez hit his tee shot 275 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 178 yards to the green before eventually sinking a brilliant 48-footer. Back-to-back pars ensued, but Perez closed the front nine strong with two consecutive birdies, followed by another on No. 10.

On the par-five eighth Perez hit his tee shot 274 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 206 yards to the right fairway and his third 113 yards to the green, setting up the 10’5″ putt, which he rolled in. On the par-four ninth, an eight-footer dropped after a 264-yard tee shot to the right fairway and 140-yard second shot to the green. 

The day’s final birdie came on the par-four tenth, where Perez hit his tee shot 282 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 165 yards to the green rolled in a 33-footer, getting him to seven under. 

Bogeys came on the par-four twelfth and par-four fifteenth, with Perez parring the other six holes on the back nine—his best look at birdie, a nine-footer on the par-three eleventh that ran two feet long and wide. 

Perez averaged 297.4 yards driving distance, was 48.21-percent in driving accuracy, hit 62.50-percent greens-in-regulation and was 1.292 in stokes gained putting.

Perez’s FedExCup Playoffs run saw him going three rounds deep for only the third time since the event started after the 2007 regular season. Perez went T20 (The Barclays), T29 (Deutsche Bank Championship) and T45 (BMW Championship)—the $177K-plus in earnings pushing him just under the $1.6M on the season over 26 events. Perez played 25 events in 2014 and earned just over $1.3M. 

Next up for Perez, some down time in Scottsdale and then a mid-October trek to Napa for the Frys.com Open at Silverado as the 2015 fall season gets underway.

Perez generally plays Napa, Las Vegas, Malaysia and Mayakoba in the fall and then returns for all six west coast events after the first of the year—Honolulu, Palm Desert, San Diego, Phoenix, Pebble Beach and Los Angeles. 

 

Perez : Even Par 71 At BMW On Friday

Pat Perez took the long way to even on Friday at Conway Farms but ended the afternoon on a good note with back-to-back birdies, leaving him one-over after two at the BMW Championship.

Perez is currently T56 and in need of two big weekend rounds in order to keep his FedExCup Playoff dreams alive. Currently 43rd in the rankings, Perez is projected to drop to 48th after two rounds of play. The Tour veteran is in need of a Top 10 the week to climb into the Top 30, earning him a trip to Atlanta for the TOUR Championship. 

Friday’s round at Conway Farms had Perez opening with a bogey on the par-four tenth—back-to-back shots out of the rough before pushing a five-footer for par. Four consecutive pars followed, with Perez’s best look at birdie a 17-footer on the par-five fourteenth.

The rough got Perez again on the par-four fifteenth—a hole he managed to eagle on Thursday—but resulting in the day’s second bogey on Friday.

From there Perez rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt on the par three-sixteenth, after a 282-yard tee shot to the right fairway. Back-to-back pars followed, going into the turn one-over but back to even after a birdie on No. 1.  

Perez hit his tee shot 238 yards to the right fairway and stuck a brilliant second shot 116 yards to the green, setting up the two-foot tap in for three. Two clean pars ensued before a few more troublesome holes.

A 14’7″ par putt ran long and wide on No. 4 and a 207-yard tee shot on the par-three sixth left Perez a 13-footer that didn’t break, putting him back at plus-two on the day. In between Perez rolled in a 6’5″ par putt on No. 5. 

Down after sixteen, Perez showed some fight late and closed strong, despite the ongoing adversity. 

After hitting his tee shot 270 yards to the left rough, his second shot 188 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 115 yards to the green, Perez rolled in a 17’5′” birdie putt on No. 8—and dropped a 15’10″ putt on the par-four ninth after a 273-yard tee shot to the right rough and a 132-yard second shot to the green. 

Perez averaged 281.3 yards driving distance, was 35.71-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation and 1.02 in strokes gained putting. 

Saturday’s tee time is set for 11:17 a.m. CT where Perez will go off of No. 10 again, paired with Troy Merritt and Shawn Stefani

 

Opening Round 72 For Pat Perez At BMW

Pat Perez survived a rough front nine, was three-over at the turn, holed out for eagle and went bogey-par-birdie down the stretch at Conway Farms for an opening round 72 at the BMW Championship.

Perez opened on the front nine and knocked down three consecutive pars before finding some trouble. On the par-four fourth, a tee shot to the right rough and second shot to the left intermediate had Perez 190 yards from the hole, where he hit his third shot 170 yards to the left fairway, setting up a 60-foot par putt that ran three feet short. 

On the par-four fifth, Perez’s 245-yard tee shot found the tree outline, where he took a penalty stroke, played his third short 282 yards to the right fairway and fourth shot 173 yards to the right rough. Perez got on the green in five and rolled in a necessary 12’5″ putt for double bogey. 

Despite the early adversity, Perez settled in and knocked down nine consecutive pars at Conway Farms, biding his time. Perez’s best look at birdie over the stretch came on the par-four seventh. Outside of that, he didn’t get any closer than 15’5″ (on the par-four ninth.)

Perez’s hang-in-there ability paid off and his fortune turned on the par-four fifteenth, where he holed out for eagle from 61 feet out. Perez hit his tee shot 314 feet to the front right green side bunker, got on the green and rolled it right at the flagstick, getting him back to plus-one on the day. 

Perez gave one back on the par-four sixteenth after hitting his tee shot 312 yards to the right intermediate, his second shot 140 yards, also to the right intermediate, and his this shot 39 feet to the green, setting up the 15-foot par putt that rolled half a foot short. 

After knocking down a four-footer for par on No. 17, Perez crushed his tee shot 346 yards to the right fairway on the par-five eighteenth. A 235-yard second shot to the right rough and 30-foot shot to the green left Perez a 3’8″ birdie putt, which he rolled in for four. 

Perez averaged 286.5 yards driving distance, was 21.43-percent in driving accuracy, hit 44.44-percent greens in regulation and was 0.786 in strokes gained putting. 

Friday’s second round tee time is set for 12:26 p.m. CT off of No. 10, where Perez will again be paired with Scott Piercy and Shawn Stefani.�

Perez Gearing Up For BMW Championship

Pat Perez has advanced to the third round of the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs at this week’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms. Perez is 46th in the current standings, where the Top 70 are eligible and in the field.

Perez is coming off a T29 finish at the recent Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Prior to that, a T20 finish at The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey. 

Tee times for the BWM Championship have been announced, with Perez going off No. 1 at 11:20 a.m. CT on Thursday and No. 10 at 12:26 p.m. CT on Friday, where he’ll be paired with Scott Piercy and Shawn Stefani both days. Weekend tee times will be announced accordingly, but with only seventy in the field, there is no cut line this week. 

PGATour.com recent broke down the FedExCup scenarios and what players need to do this week to climb in the rankings.

With a win, Perez would leap to sixth entering the TOUR Championship, while a Top Ten finish looks necessary if Perez is going to crack the Top 30 and punch his ticket to Atlanta, keeping his Playoffs run alive. 

This marks Perez’s third BMW Championship since the inception of the FedExCup Playoffs in 2007. His best finish was T45 at Crooked Stick in 2012, where he opened with a 66-70 but a Saturday round of 77 set him back. He closed with a 72 on Sunday. 

In 2009, a T49 finish at Cog Hill—home of the long-running Western Open, where the BMW was held four of its first five years as a FedExCup event.  

Dating back to the Western Open era at Cog Hill, Perez played the event five times in his career—missing the cut as a rookie in 2002, but finishing T5 (2005), T11 (2004), T65 (2006) and 69 (2003) in his other four tries.

The BMW’s last trek to Conway Farms came in 2013, but Perez didn’t advance past the first two rounds of the Playoffs. Perez’s last trek to this year’s location came as a Sun Devil, when helping lead his 1996 squad at Arizona State to a golf national championship—it’s second in the program’s history.

PGATour.com columnist Brian Wacker dove into the topic on Wednesday in a piece for the site

Perez shared his take on the story weeks back when guesting on theCHIVE’s podcast with hosts John Resig and Bob Phillipp—right down to the nitty-gritty and finding out he’d gotten booted from the squad days after as ASU’s then-head coach had a new crop of impressionable freshmen heading to Tempe. 

Perez shared a lengthy, heartfelt story about being asked to leave—but even more so, given no chance to succeed on the PGA Tour. His harshest critics at the time predicted a career in “sanitation engineering”, which Perez used to fuel his fire—earning medalist honors at Q-school five years later. 

This time around, Conway Farms represents something even bigger than a team championship for Perez; the opportunity for a full-fledged breakout. The FedExCup Playoffs have the ability to elevate players to another dimension by way if its points system and high stakes over these final four events of the season. 

Regarding Conway Farms Golf Club, the par 71 measures 7,198 yards and is “carved out of farmland in Chicago’s North Shore outskirts”, according to this week’s Tour release. This is the second time the Tom Fazio-designed course is hosting a FedExCup event.

Conway Farms opened in 1991 and first gained prominence on the amateur stage—the aforementioned 1997 NCAA Division-I Championships where Perez helped lead Arizona State to it’s last national championship—and then hosted the 1998 U.S. Junior Amateur a year later. 

From there, the 2009 Western Amateur and 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur followed. The PGA Tour’s first event at Conway was the 2013 BMW Championship—highlighted by a second round 59 by Jim Furyk

GolfChannel will again have Thursday and Friday coverage from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET and weekend coverage from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET (Saturday) and 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET (Sunday).

NBC will host the major weekend coverage from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. 

 

Perez Wraps Deutsche Bank Three-Under; T29

Pat Perez fired a final round 69 at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, wrapping the second FedExCup Playoffs event three-under and T29. 

Perez is expected to climb from 46th to 43rd in the new rankings and after an off week will be back in action for the BMW Championship at Conway Farms, along with the rest of the Top 70. 

Monday’s final round had Perez saving his best for last; and save for an untimely double bogey on the par-four sixth, it was a near-flawless round. 

Perez was two-under after four, with birdies on the par-five second and par-four fourth.

After hitting his tee shot 306 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 235 yards to the green and rolling a would-be 29-foot eagle putt to within two feet, Perez tapped in on No. 2 and was one-under on the day. 

On the par-four fourth, a 287-yard tee shot to the left green side bunker was followed up with a brilliant 44-foot punch out, setting up a 15″ birdie putt.  

The double on the par-four sixth was the result of a 165-yard second shot to the native area, where Perez found the left fairway and needed to hole out from 61 feet for par. Instead he got on the green, left himself a seven-footer that ran long and wide and eventually tapped in from 10″ for six.

Perez immediately bounced back with a birdie on the par-five seventh, crushing his tee shot 315 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 276 yards to the green and rolling an 28-foot eagle attempt to within two feet, setting up the tap-in for four. 

One-under through seven, Perez parred the next six holes—his best look at birdie, a 14-footer on the par-four tenth—before a bogey on the par-four fourteenth; Perez’s third shot coming out of the rough and leaving a 12-footer for par that rolled long and wide before he knocked down the two footer for five. 

From there, two consecutive pars were followed by back-to-back birdies, getting him to two-under on the day and three-under on the week. 

Perez hit his tee shot 255 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 145 yards to the green on the par-four seventeenth, setting up a ten-footer for three, which he rolled in.

On the week’s 72nd hole, Perez smashed his tee shot 322 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 203 yards to the green and rolled his third shot 29 feet, where an attempt at eagle came up two inches short. 

Perez averaged 298 yards driving distance, was 78.57-percent in driving accuracy, 77.78-percent in greens-in-regulation, 50.00 in scrambling and -1.63 in strokes gained putting.

Perez: 71-71-70 After Three At TPC Boston

Pat Perez is one-under after three at the Deutsche Bank Championship , putting together back-to-back even rounds before a one-under 70 on Sunday. Perez will be back in action at TPC Boston at 9:45 a.m. ET where he’ll be paired with Kevin Streelman for the final round. 

Friday’s opening round featured an early birdie on the par-five second, but bogeys on No. 3 and No. 8 had Perez plus one at the turn. A quick birdie on the par-four tenth had Perez back at even, where he knocked down eight consecutive pars en route to a 71. 

On paper, Saturday’s second round had a similar feel as Perez carded two birdies and two bogeys on the day—though in this case it was back-to-back birdies down the stretch to keep Perez above the cut line. 

Plus two after a bogey on No. 1, Perez rattled off five pars before a birdie on the par-five seventh. Perez hit his tee shot 289 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 261 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 50 yards to the green, setting up the 3’6″ birdie putt. 

On the par-three eighth, it was a 190-yard tee shot to the green, setting up a 15-footer that Perez cooly rolled in, getting him back to even on the round. A second round 71 was official as Perez knocked down a five-foot par putt on No. 9.

Sunday’s third round opened with a bogey on No. 1, but Perez bounced back with a quick birdie on the par-five second—rolling in a four-footer after sticking his third shot 103 yards to the green.

On the par-four fourth, a 289-yard tee shot to the right rough and 96-foot second shot set up the 8’4″ birdie putt which Perez rolled in, getting to one-under through four. 

Perez took advantage of the next par-five on No. 7 and dropped a seven-foot birdie putt, setting it up with a 34-yard shot to the green.

Two-under at the turn, Perez carded back-to-back bogeys on No. 13 and No. 14 and was back at even with four to play, but ended the day on a positive note, birdying the par-five eighteenth coming in.

After hitting his tee shot 229 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 249 yards to the left intermediate—where he took a drop—Perez hit his third shot 93 feet to the green and left himself a 10’6″ birdie putt which he dropped, completing a third round 70.

Perez averaged 300 yards driving distance, was 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, hit 61.11-percent greens-in-regulation, was 71.43-percent in scrambling and 0.05 in strokes gained putting.