Pat Perez is an eleven-year PGA Tour veteran and one of the most unique personalities in the game of golf. Perez was born in Phoenix, raised in San Diego and made his way back to the desert after finishing with medalist honors at Q-school late 2001, earning him a Tour card in 2002 -- something he hasn't relinquished to date.
Perez has earned over $13M in prize money as he enters year twelve. His lone win came in 2009 when he won the 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer in La Quinta, California. To date he has three second place finishes, three thirds and thirty-six overall top tens.
Double P is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, California and during his senior year won the Junior World title at Torrey Pines, home of the Farmers Insurance Open and the 2008 US Open. Perez also won the 1993 Maxfli PGA Junior two weeks later at Pinehurst.
From there, a scholarship offer from Arizona State University where PP was a member of the golf team and helped propel the squad to a National Championship in 1996. Perez officially turned pro in 1997.
The late nineties saw Perez grinding on both the Canadian and Buy.com tours, finally breaking through in August 2000, winning the Ozarks Open in a playoff.
Eighteen months later, he was a full-fledged PGA Tour member, holding a lead going into the final hole of his fourth-ever professional tournament. Perez wound up second outright in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Weeks later, a T2nd finish at the Buick Classic, fourth outright at the John Deere Classic, T7th at the Tampa Bay Classic and T5th at the Valero Texas Open, which almost earned Perez 'rookie of the year'.
A decade later, Perez is still going strong, having played in twenty-three events, closing his season strong with a ninth-place finish at the CIMB Classic in Shanghai. PP wrapped 2012 with over a million dollars in earnings and rolls into 2013 having worked on his swing all off-season with coach Mark Winkley at his home course, The Estancia Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.