Opening Round 70 For Perez At OHL Classic

Pat Perez was consistent all day, put together a late charge with three birdies, but bookended his round with a pair of bogeys en route to an opening round 70 at the OHL Classic on Thursday at Mayakoba.

Perez got rolling early, helping him get in a full round before tropical storms rolled in and halted play mid-afternoon. 

Starting out on the back nine, Perez opened with a bogey on the par-three tenth but responded with 11 consecutive pars, before a birdie on the par-three fourth. Back at even on the day, Perez would par the next two holes before closing with a birdie-birdie-bogey finish. 

Hole-by-hole statistics weren’t available in typical ShotTracker fashion with this week’s PGA Tour event taking place in Mexico, but some stats have been made available. Perez averaged 71.43-percent in driving accuracy, 280.5 yards in driving distance, was 72.22-percent in greens-in-regulation and 1.846 putts per GIR. 

Friday’s tee time is currently set for 11:50 a.m. local on Friday, but could be pushed back due to Thursday’s inclement weather and afternoon delay. Perez will again be paired with Shane Bertsch and Whee Kim and will go off of No. 1 at El Camaleon. 

GolfChannel coverage will run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET all week from Playa del Carmen.

 

Perez Wraps PGA Tour Fall Series At Mayakoba

Pat Perez is taking his talents south of the border for one final PGA Tour fall series event—the OHL Classic at Mayakoba—before shutting it down for the holidays and gearing up for January’s west coast swing—where Perez will play all six events.

Perez is coming off a 63rd place finish at the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Prior to that, Perez miss cuts in Las Vegas and Napa—while also squeezing in a trek to Scotland for a run at The Dunhill with Pebble Beach playing partner, Michael Lund.

Perez has played the OHL Classic three times since its inception in 2007. Last year brought a T69 finish. Prior to that, Perez finished T16 in 2013—highlighted by an opening-round 66—and finished T13 in 2007; the event’s inaugural year. 

Regarding this week’s event at El Camaleon Golf Course—a 6,987-yard par 71—”The Chameleon” winds through “three distinct landscapes” according to PGATour.com; tropical jungle, dense mangroves and sand-lined oceanfront along the Riviera Maya. 

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event; with Perez getting the early-late draw. He will go off of No. 10 at 7:20 a.m. on Thursday and No. 1 at 11:50 a.m. on Friday, where he’ll be paired with Shane Bertsch and Whee Kim both days. 

GolfChannel will provide all coverage for this year’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba—live coverage from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, Thursday through Sunday with scattered replays throughout the week and weekend. 

Perez Finishes 63rd At CIMB Classic In Malaysia

PGA Tour player Pat Perez made the lengthy trek to Malaysia for this year’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur and is head back to the States with a 63rd-place finish. Perez was coming off of back-to-back missed cuts in Napa and Las Vegas. 

Perez is off this week, but will return to action next week for his final event of the fall series—the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.  

Perez got off to a solid start last Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club—opening with three consecutive pars before birdying five of the next seven holes. Five-under through thirteen, Perez carded back-to-back bogeys on No. 14 and No. 15, followed by a double of No. 17—dropping him to one-under.

The rough finish didn’t carry over to Friday, as Perez again hit the ground running—birdying three of his first six. Perez picked up two more after the turn, with back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and No. 4. Again at five under with a few holes remaining, Perez struggled to close—bogeying the par-five fifth and par-four ninth—leaving him four-under entering the weekend.

Saturday’s round brought the opposite; a rough start with Perez two-over at the turn—carding bogeys on No. 12 and No. 18. Another bogey on No. 1 had Perez three-over with eight remaining, but birdies on the par-five third, par-five fifth and par-four sixth got him back to even on the day. 

Sunday’s final round proved to be a mixed bag all around. After a birdie-par-bogey start, Perez parred four consecutive holes before a birdie on the par-four seventeenth. One-under at the turn, Perez experienced his second double bogey of the week—this time on the par-four second.

Perez immediately bounced back with three consecutive birdies, getting him back to two-under on the day and six-under on the event—but more late struggles as he carded back-to-back bogeys on No. 8 and No. 9 for a second consecutive weekend round of 72.  

A lack of ShotTracker at the CIMB Classic prevented a deeper dive into the stats and hole-by-hole breakdown, but Perez did wrap the event 60.71-percent in driving accuracy percentage (T53), 68.06-percent in greens-in-regulation (T59) and 1.735 in putts per greens-in-regulation (37). 

Perez will return to Scottsdale from Malaysia on Monday, will spend the week practicing at TPC Scottsdale and will leave for Playa del Carmen this coming weekend. 

Perez finished last year’s OHL Classic T69 after opening with a Thursday round of 66, going 73-72-73 over the event’s final three days.