Farmers Insurance Open Tee Times Announced

Pat Perez is back home in San Diego for another Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Perez grew up shagging balls at Torrey and sleeping in his car to get a tee time.

Since then he’s been a 15-year mainstay at the event—as pointed out by Golfweek’s days backJim McCabe dubbing the veteran, “The King Of The West Coast Swing”. 

Perez’s highest finish at Torrey Pines came in 2014 when he finished in a five-way tie for second, shooting eight-under for the week. Second to that, a T6 finish in 2005 was Perez’s second best outing.

Along the way there were three Top 25′s—T20 (2011), T21 (2013) and T22 (2012)—as well as T39 (2006), T50 (2003), T57 (2009) and 74 (2015). Perez has missed the cut five times (2010, 2008, 2007, 2004 and 2002 as a rookie.) 

Perez enters this week on the heels of missed cuts at the Sony Open and CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta last week, though he appears to be trending upwards by way of a solid Saturday round at TPC Stadium.

Perez carded eight birdies on the afternoon—including a 71-foot chip-in that made the highlight reels—but couldn’t drop a 20-footer for birdie on No. 18, eventually missing the cut by one stroke. 

The Farmers Insurance Open takes place on two courses over the four days; all players getting one crack at Torrey Pines North Course on Thursday or Friday, as well as one day on the challenging South Course—a par 72 measuring 7,698 yards. All weekend golf is played on the South, as well. 

The 1957 William Bell creation has been home to the PGA Tour’s annual San Diego stop since 1968 and a 2001 upgrade by Rees Jones helped Torrey Pines last the 2008 U.S. Open. (For those keeping score, Perez earned his Tour card for the 2002 season—a year after Jones’ redesign—eliminating some of the advantages one would’ve had growing up playing the course.) 

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event, with Perez going off No. 10 (North Course) at 10:40 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. off of No. 1 (South Course) on Friday. Perez will be paired with Steve Marino and Roberto Castro both days. 

 

Perez Rattles Off Eight Birdies At TPC Stadium

Pat Perez strung together and eight-birdie round at PGA West Stadium on Saturday in La Quinta at the CareerBuilder Challenge, but a few late bogeys were the difference-maker as the former champion (2009) went on to miss the cut by one stroke.

Perez missed a seven-footer for par on No. 2, but bounced back with a birdie on the par-four third after rolling in a 49-footer. Back-to-back bogeys ensued; Perez hitting his tee shot into the left rough on the par-three fourth and sending a 21-foot par putt long, before rolling in the three-footer for four. 

Perez found the water on the par-five fifth hole and appeared to favor his shoulder, though he quickly bounced back with a 302-yard drive to the fairway and dropped a 16-foot bogey putt to stop the bleeding. 

Two-over on the day, Perez quickly went on a tear—birdying six of the next eight holes, getting to four-under with five to play. After rolling in a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-three sixth, Perez sank a nine-footer on the par-four seventh.

The putter stayed hot as Perez rolled in a six-footer on the par-four ninth, a 12-footer on the par-five eleventh and a seven-footer on the par-four twelfth, setting up the shot of the day on the par-three thirteenth. After hitting his tee shot 187 yards to the right rough, Perez chipped in from 72 feet out—a highlight reel shot that was blasted on Golf Channel throughout the afternoon. 

Trouble arose on the par-four fourteenth after back-to-back shots had Perez in the right rough, leaving a 14-foot par pull that ran wide. On the par-four fifteenth, a tee shot to the left rough and second shot to the front left green side bunker had Perez staring down a 23-footer for par, which missed by two feet.

Hovering on the cut line, Perez got one back on the par-three seventeenth, hitting his tee shot 151 yards to the island green and draining an eight-footer, getting him back to three-under on the day. On the par-four eighteenth, a 27-foot birdie attempt rolled wide, leaving Perez a two-footer on the comeback.

The third round 69 got Perez to eight-under on the week—set up by an opening-round 69 at La Quinta and second round 70 at PGA West Nicklaus on Friday—but the cut moved to nine-under soon after Perez’s Saturday round wrapped. 

Perez averaged 296 yards driving distance on the day, had a driving accuracy percentage of 59.52, hit 59.26-percent greens-in-regulation, was 68.18-percent scrambling and 2.19 in strokes gained putting. 

Next up for Perez; a return home to San Diego and Torrey Pines for the annual Farmers Insurance Open.

 

Perez; Second Round 66 On Friday At Waialae

Pat Perez was one-over heading into Friday’s round at Waialae and facing an uphill battle regarding making the cut after an early bogey on the par-four second.

Five consecutive pars kept Perez alive, before going on a five-birdie tear over the next eleven holes, en route to a second round 66 at the Sony Open—putting Perez three-under going into the weekend. 

After opening with a par on No. 1 and bogey on No. 2, Perez immediately regrouped—knocking down an 18-inch par putt on No. 3 and rolling in a nine-footer on the par-three fourth, keeping him at plus-one.

A 30-foot birdie putt was inches from falling on the par-four fifth, as was a 35-footer on the par-three seventh, showing that Perez was due for something to go. On the par-four eighth, it did. 

After crushing his tee shot 320 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 130 yards to the green, Perez rolled in a 33-footer for birdie, getting him back to even on the day. A seven-foot birdie opportunity rolled long and wide on the par-five ninth, but another solid drive on the par-four tenth had Perez in good position.

After a 314-yard tee shot found the right rough, Perez hit his second shot 50 yards to the green and set up the five-foot birdie putt, which he drained.

After rolling in a 14-incher for par on No. 11, Perez knocked down a 21-foot birdie put after hitting his tee shot 269 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 169 yards to the green on the par-four twelfth.

Back-to-back pars ensued, where Perez came up five inches short of rolling in a 67 footer for birdie on the par-four fourteenth, tapping in for four. 

Two-under on the day and still one-over on the event—with the cut-line at two-under—Perez had four holes to deliver, and he did, with two more birdies coming in.

Perez hit his tee shot 231 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 158 yards to the green on the par-four fifteenth, before rolling in an 18-footer for three. A four-foot birdie attempt ran two feet long and wide on the par-four sixteenth, while a 27-footer rolled was one rotation short of a birdie on the par-three seventeenth.

On the number, Perez approached the 551-yard par-five eighteenth, hit his tee shot 242 yards to the fairway bunker, his second shot 174 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 97 yards to the green, setting up a 7’7″ birdie opportunity which he rolled in, capping off a four-under back nine. 

Perez averaged 293 yards driving distance, 46.43-percent driving accuracy, hit 80.56-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 57.14-percent scrambling and -0.19 in strokes gained putting.

As of noon Hawaii time Perez was T49 on the event, with the projected cut holding firm at two-under. 

Saturday’s third round tee times at Waialae Country Club will be announced after Friday’s second round is complete. 

Opening Round 72 For Pat Perez At Waialae

Pat Perez birdied his first hole of the year at Waialae on Thursday, but carded two bogeys en route to an opening round 72 at the Sony Open.

Perez started on No. 10, hitting his tee shot 320 yards to the front left green side bunker and his second shot 88 feet to the green, setting up the five-foot birdie putt. 

From there, five consecutive pars with Perez’s best look at birdie coming on the par-four fourteenth—a 17-footer that rank two feet long after hitting his tee shot 297 yards to the right rough and his second shot 154 yards to the green.

The day’s first bogey occurred on the par-four sixteenth after Perez failed to knock down a 14-foot par putt—his tee shot going 263 yards to the left rough, setting up a 111-yard second shot to the left fairway.

Perez responded with seven pars in a row, with few birdie looks. A 16-footer on the par-five eighteenth that ran a half foot long and wide, while a 12-footer on the par-four second came up a few feet short. Perez had a good look at a five-footer on the par-for third, but the putt didn’t break and rolled two feet long. 

The day’s final bogey occurred on the par-four sixth after missing a six-foot par putt, but Perez responded with three consecutive pars to close out the opening round at Waialae—another six-foot birdie putt not falling on the par-five ninth. 

Perez averaged 285 yards driving distance on the afternoon and was 42.86-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent greens-in-regulation, 50-percent in scrambling and was -2.75 in strokes gained putting. 

The turnaround for Perez will be a quick one as he’ll go off of No. 1 at 7:20 a.m. local time, where he’ll again be paired with Marc Leishman and Spencer Levin.  

 

 

Perez Gears Up For 15th Season; Back To Waialae

PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez is gearing up for his fifteenth season competing at the game’s highest level—as well as a return to Waialae for another Sony Open, which he’s played annually since making the Tour. 

Perez played four fall events, missing the cut in Napa, Las Vegas and Cancun, while finishing 63rd at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Prior to that stretch, Perez reached the third round of the FedExCup Playoffs, finishing 45th at the BMW Championship after solid runs at the Deutsche Bank Championship (29th) and The Barclays (20th). Perez wrapped the FedExCup with a 45th-place finish, earning just shy of $1.6M in prize money over 26 events. 

Hawaii has treated Perez well over the years, which explains the desire to take on Waialae every January.

In fourteen previous attempts, Perez has only missed two cuts (2006, 2009) and has four Top 10′s—T4 (2008), T8 (2014), T9 (2013) and T10 (2007). His other eight finishes at the Sony; T17 (2002, 2015), T20 (2003, 2005), T31 (2004), T46 (2010, 2012) and T68 (2011). 

Waialae County Club is a 7,044-yard par 70 and is in its 51st year as a PGA Tour event host. Waialae opened in 1927 in partnership with the Royal Hawaiian hotel in effort to attract travelers to the islands.

The course was design by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, who “borrowed liberally from signature ideas at other courses”.

According to the description on PGATour.com—”the seventh green is bisected by a deep “biarritz’ gully; No. 17 has a ‘redan’ green that slopes sharply back-to-front and right-to-left. Also, No. 1 introduces features found at the famed ‘Road Hole’ of St. Andrews’ Old Course”. 

Perez wrapped last year’s Sony Open with a ten-under finish—opening 67-68 before shooting an even-par 70 on Saturday, Saving his best for last, Perez put together a six-birdie, one-bogey round of 65. 

Tee times for this year’s event at Waialae have been announced, with Perez going off of No. 10 at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday and No. 1 at 7:20 a.m.. He will be paired with Mark Leishman and Spencer Levin both days.

Golf Channel will have all coverage of this week’s event. Thursday, Friday and Saturday live action gets rolling at 4:00 p.m. PT, with replays throughout the day—while Sunday’s television coverage gets moving at 3:00 p.m. PT for final round action.