Friday , February 13, 2015

Perez Goes 66-68 At Pebble Beach & Monterey

Pat Perez is nine-under after two and remains in the hunt at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am going into the weekend. Perez fired a 66 at Pebble Beach Golf Links on Thursday and followed up with a second round 68 at Monterey Peninsula on Friday. 

Thursday’s opening round started on No. 10, where Perez strung together three consecutive pars before nabbing the day’s first birdie on the par-three thirteenth. After hitting his drive 285 yards to the right fairway, Perez followed up with a 112-yard approach shot, leaving him a four-footer for birdie.

From there, three more pars before closing the back-nine with a birdie-eagle finish. Perez knocked down a 17-footer for birdie on No. 17 before an incredible third shot on No. 18.

After hitting his tee shot 272 yards, nestling it to the the right of the iconic Cypress tree mid-fairway. Perez then his his second shot 248 yards to the right rough and chipped in for eagle from 35 yards out, putting him a four-under at the turn. 

From there Perez put together a three-birdie front nine—the lone blemish, a bogey on the par-three fifth. 

On the par-five second, Perez hit his tee shot 272 yards to the right fairway and followed up with a 228-yard second shot to the front left green side bunker. From there he stuck his  third short 56 feet, leaving a two-footer for four. On the par-four fourth, Perez hit his tee show 225 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 113 yards to the green, where he knocked down a six-footer for birdie. 

A nine-footer for par on No. 5 went wide, leaving a four-incher for bogey, but Perez got it back on No 7, rolling in a 35-footer for birdie on the par three. Back-to-back pars game on No. 8 and No. 9, closing out the six-under round. 

On Friday Perez opened with bogey and after four consecutive pars, went birdie-par-par-birdie to get to one-under at the turn. From there, a four-hole birdie tear, putting Perez at four-under on the day with six to play. 

Perez went on to bogey the par three-fourteenth, pushing his second shot six feet past the hole, sending his par putt wide and tapping in for four. He got one back on the par-five sixteenth, but missed a five-footer for par on No. 18, dropping back to nine-under on the tourney. 

Perez averaged 286 yards driving distance, 77.78% driving accuracy and 77.78% in greens in regulation on Friday. As of 3:00 p.m. PT, Perez prepares for the weekend three strokes off the lead and T12th. 

Next up, a shot at Spyglass Hill where Perez goes off No. 10 at 9:39 a.m.


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