Pat Perez In Kuala Lumpur For CIMB Classic

Coming off a missed cut at TPC Summerlin, Pat Perez hopped a Sunday night flight out of Las Vegas, connected in Los Angeles and made the 21-hour trek to Malaysia for the sixth-annual CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Countfy Club.

This marks Perez’s third trek to Malaysia for what is the first ever tournament sanctioned by the PGA Tour in Southeast Asia. Beginning in 2013, the CIMB Classic gained official status on the PGA Tour, the field was increased to 78 players and FedExCup points are in play—as is a $7M purse.

Perez wrapped last year’s CIMB Classic T33, after shooting 69-69 on the weekend and his best finish came in 2012 where he placed 9th, shooting 67-68-68-65.

Like last year, Perez rolls overseas on the heels of two missed cuts—shooting 70-77 at the Open in Napa mid-October and 74-70 at TPC Summerlin for last week’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. 

Perez was two-under early on Thursday at Summerlin but a bogey-double bogey stretch set him back; three-putting on the par-five sixteenth after a birdie opportunity rolled long and wide, then finding water with his tee shot on the par-three seventeenth.

Perez found himself five under with three to play, but went birdie-par-birdie over holes seven, eight and nine to get back to plus-three on the day. On Friday, the long road to even as Perez was two-over early, but scrapped back with birdies on the par-three fifth and par-five ninth, leaving him even at the turn. 

Perez capitalized on both back nine par-fives, with birdies on No. 13 and No. 16 but it wasn’t enough to overcome those two doubles on Thursday. Perez bogeyed the par-four eighteenth, finishing with a second round 70.

Coming off a 26-event season in 2014-2015—where Perez’s FedExCup Playoffs run ended T45 at the BWM Championship late September—Napa Valley and Sin City aren’t necessarily the easiest, distraction-free places to refocus, getting the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season off to a hot start.

Conversely, Kaula Lumpur has proven to be a solid reset for Perez the two times he’s played the CIMB Classic. 

The lengthy travel (almost a full day in the air) and time change (losing 15 hours) make for a hit-the-ground-running type of entrance and event with lots of down time and few distractions. Action kicks off Thursday morning and win no cut this week, the entire field will play 72 holes and doesn’t face the pressure of thinking about seeing the weekend. 

Kuala Lumpur G&CC (West) is a par-72 measuring 6,985 yards and has now hosted both PGA Tour and European Tour events. The Malaysian Open has had seven events there and the LPGA has an even there, as well.

Charity-wise the CIMB Foundation supports some 130 charities, with emphasis on projects relating to community development, education and sports. In addition to developing junior golf in Southeast Asia, the foundation also sponsors programs in squash, soccer and cycling.

Tee times have been announced. Perez goes off No. 1 at 8:35 a.m. local time and off No. 10 at 9:35 a.m. local on Friday. He’ll be paired with Scott Brown and SSP Chawrasia both days. 

GolfChannel will handle all coverage of the CIMB Classic. With the time change, Perez’s tee times translate to 8:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday and 9:35 p.m. ET on Thursday as Kuala Lumpur is a dozen hours ahead of Eastern standard time. 

Perez Gearing Up For TPC Summerlin In Vegas

Pat Perez is coming off of a missed cut at last week’s Open in Napa, California but is back in action for this week’s Shriners Hospital For Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Perez has been a constant staple at the Vegas event over the years and has had general success, but missed the cut by two strokes last fall—going 72-70 over two rounds.

From there he spent the weekend dialing things in with new swing coach Drew Steckel on the range at TPC Summerlin and righting the ship at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and then Mayakoba for the OHL Classic. 

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event, with Perez getting another late/early draw. He’ll go off of No. 10 at 12:45 p.m. PT on Thursday and off of No. 1 at 8:01 a.m. PT on Friday—paired with Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Kisner both days.  

TPC Summerlin is par 71 measuring 7,255 yards and opened in 1991. According to this week’s media release, “The course meanders through arroyos and canyons leading to a four-hole closing stretch packed with risk/reward – the drivable par-4 15th, the par-5 16th, the water-lined par-3 17th and a strong par-4 No.18.”

This year’s Shriners Hospital For Children Open will be on Golf Channel from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Thursday through Sunday.  


Opening Round 70 For Perez At Open

Pat Perez went late on Thursday at Silverado and wrapped with an opening round 70 just before the horn blew on Thursday evening at the Open.

Perez opened on No. 10 and strung together seven consecutive pars before the day’s first birdie on the par-four seventeenth. Over that stretch, Perez’s best look at birdie came on the par-four twelfth, where a 12’4″ putt rolled long, leaving a three-footer for par. 

Perez hit his tee shot 254 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 109 yards on No 17, setting up a five-footer for birdie. A seventeen-footer came up a foot short on the par-five eighteenth, leaving Perez one-under going into the turn. 

A 313-yard tee shot and 132-yard second shot to the green left Perez a 6’8″ birdie putt on No. 1, which he rolled in getting to two-under after ten. From there, back-to-back pars—including a 13’6″ putt on the par-three second to avoid giving one back.

Through eleven holes Perez had hit 100-percent greens-in-regulation. 

The day’s long bogey occurred on the par-four fourth, where Perez’s second shot found the right rough and his third going 51 feet to the green, setting up the 15’7″ par putt that came up an inch short for what would’ve been a brilliant save.

Perez parred No. 5—a par-five—but bounced back with a birdie after hitting his tee shot 315 yards to the right rough and his second shot 122 yards to the green, leaving a half-footer for three. 

Three consecutive pars closed out the round, with Perez’s best look at birdie a seven-footer on the par-four eight that rolled two feet long. On the par-five ninth, another second shot that found the right rough—leaving Perez a 44-footer for birdie, where he eventually rolled in the 17″ par putt. 

Perez averaged 298 yards driving distance, was 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, hit 88.89-percent greens-in-regulation, 50-percent scrambling and -0.56 stroked gained putting. 

Friday’s tee time was originally set for 8:45 a.m. PT, but with round one suspended due to darkness and set to resume at 8:40 a.m. PT, Perez’s tee time will be pushed back. He will go off of No. 1, again paired with Kevin Chappell and Daniel Summerhays


Pat Perez Back In Action For Open

The PGA Tour fall series is underway and Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Open.

Perez made it through the BMW Championship and finished 45th overall in the FedExCup Playoffs before an off-week and trek across the pond for a European Tour event; The Dunhill. Perez arrived in Napa fresh off of a three-day stint at his home in Payson, where he practiced through the weekend at his home course, The Rim.

This year’s Open is the second taking place at at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. Prior to that it spent four seasons in San Martin at CordeValle. The event began in 2007 in Perez’s backyard—literally—taking place at the Grayhawk Raptor course where Perez has resided since 2003.

Perez missed the cut at Silverado last fall, shooting 77-73 after a rough run at in the FedExCup Playoffs. A week later, a missed cut in Vegas prompted a coaching change, where Perez began working with swing coach Drew Steckel.

His history at CordeValle had finishes of T38 (2010), T58 (2013) and a missed cut in 2011. He skipped the event in 2012. While at Grayhawk, Perez obviously thrived, going T6 (2007), T7 (2008) and T13 (2009) those three years in Scottsdale.

Perez is playing Wednesday’s official pro-am, where he’ll go off of No. 10 at 12:10 p.m. PT and will be paired with Eddie Hendersone, Dave King and Chris Powell

Tee times have also been announced for this week’s event, with Perez getting the late/early draw. Thursday’s tee time is 1:30 p.m. PT, where Perez will go off of No. 10. On Friday, an 8:40 a.m. PT go-time off of No. 1. He’ll be paired with Kevin Chappell and Daniel Summerhays both days. 

Silverado Resort and Spa (North) is a par 72 measuring 7,203 yards. Once the estate of a Civil War general, the property was converted into a resort in the 1960 and Robert Trent Jones Jr. signed onto build two 18-hole courses.

The PGA Tour’s first event took place in 1968 with the Kaiser International, which lasted 13 years. Silverado went on to be part of the Champions Tour schedule, hosting The Transamerica from 1989 through 2002. The courses were overhauled in 2010. 

This year’s field is deeper than in the past, with many players looking to get a leg up on the competition. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose signed on, as did younger players like Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama.

Tiger Woods was originally set to get his season underway in Napa, but another back injury sidelined him for an indefinite period. 


Save The Date : O.G.O.’s 15-Inch Cup Challenge

The event is three months out, but Pat Perez and crew are asking friends, family and fellow Tour pros to please save the date regarding the Operation Game On 15-Inch Cup Challenge early next year.

O.G.O. recently hosted it’s 8th annual golf classic at Morgan Run in August and is gearing up for its second-ever 15-Inch Cup Challenge—again taking place at Fairbanks Country Club. 

Last year’s event took place January 12th, taking place the week of the Sony Open in Honolulu, keeping Perez from attending. This time around the challenge is set for Monday January 25th—the day after the Career Builder Challenge wraps in La Quinta and the start of the Farmers Insurance Open week at Torrey Pines. 

Translation; the 15-year PGA Tour veteran will be calling in some favors with his co-workers. 

“We made sure the dates lined up right with our Tour schedule,” explained Perez. “Guys will be coming over from the desert Sunday night or Monday morning, so with a mid-afternoon start, anybody who wants to get on board.”

“Get things rolling by grabbing lunch over at Fidel’s in Solana Beach and then we’ll shoot over to Fairbanks, which is only five minutes away. It’s a great cause and I hope to see a lot of my guys out here representing.” 

The Brigade—the military-fueled extension of lifestyle website theCHIVE—covered last January’s challenge and posted a 17-image gallery, recapping a successful event that drew over 200 participants its inaugural year. 

The 15-Inch Cup Challenge has participants purchasing bags of balls, where contestants have hole-in-one opportunities to win cash prizes between $150 and $1,500—hole-in-ones easier than normal thanks to a 15-inch, sand-filled cup.  

January’s event brought a handful of winners and all were so taken with the event, the troops and the overall vibe that the wound up donating their winnings back to Operation Game On. 

For those out of the know, O.G.O. helps returning combat-injured troops suffering from physical and mental disabilities by teaching them to embrace the game of golf. Lessons from certified PGA instructors are provided, as is a professional fitting for clubs, new apparel and and access to local county courses at a discounted rate.

More on the 15-Inch Cup Challenge in the coming months, but for now please save the date—January 25th, 2016.