William Murray Golf Write-Up On Perez Victory

[Reposted from WilliamMurrayGolf.com]

It’s an explanation not necessary for the true golf enthusiast who spouts stats ad nauseam, or easily recalls epic moments from their mental sports Rolodex—but for the casual observer, why was a fall series event just outside Cancun such a game-changer for William Murray Golf’s first-endorsed athlete, Pat Perez?

It starts with the fact that these under-the-radar fall series events carry as much weight as the muscle that’s around the corner in January when the PGA Tour’s west coast swing gets rolling. Perez’s victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba brought a hefty payday ($1.26M) as well as the standard allotment of FedExCup points; 500 for the winner.

Fall will forever be synonymous with football season, but that doesn’t change the fact the PGA Tour created the ultimate game-changer—a mini-season for pros who want to get a leg up on the competition before things get popping in January. Lots of great players signed on for events in Malaysia, Napa, Las Vegas, Playa del Carmen and Sea Island, but few seized the moment like Perez.

For those not completely familiar with the William Murray ambassador’s backstory; the Cliff Notes’ version.

Perez turned pro back in 1997, a year after winning a national championship with the Sun Devils at Arizona State. From there, a few years on the Web.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide and Buy.com prior to), where Perez nabbed his first professional win in 2000.

After failing to earn his Tour card at Q-school months later, Perez vowed to never come up short again—stuck grinding on the Canadian Tour in 2001 and playing just about any event he earned a invite to; at one point driving from San Diego to Vancouver, hooking a u-turn when getting a spot in an east coast tourney and flying across the country immediately. From early on, the work ethic was undeniable.

When Q-school rolled around the following year, Perez showed up in South Florida and won the whole thing, earning medalist honors. In his fourth event on the PGA Tour, he almost won Pebble Beach and settled for second. Winless for his first seven seasons, that inaugural win came in Palm Springs back in 2009. Until a few weeks ago, he hadn’t won since—but impressively kept his PGA Tour card 15 consecutive season; damn near an impossibly feat when winless for so long.

A torn labrum sidelined Perez in March; a gnawing pain that plagued him last year at Mayakoba—though a cocktail of stubbornness, pride and determination had him sticking to his standard formula of pressing on and grinding away. After a rough west coast swing and one Florida event, the pain proved too much to bear. Perez finally sought treatment, learned the degree of his injury, put his season ice and scheduled surgery days later. A lengthy recovery process followed; leaving a newly 40-year old seasoned veteran wondering what was in store.

Nine months on the shelf and a lot of down time with self—hardly the norm for a professional athlete who spends over half his year living out of a bag on the road. An identity somewhat lost, the obsessive Perez needed to rediscover himself—alone on a desolate range and a seemingly a lifetime away from the weekly competition necessary to keep the juices flowing. Perez hunkered down in quiet Payson, Arizona—a second home purchased years back for practice purposes as the higher elevation results in a 20˚ temperature drop from hometown Scottsdale when summer temps reach triple digits.

The hard work and solitude only lasts so long; eventually it’s time to tee it up again—which Perez did, having earned a sponsor’s invite to the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Nerves were firing during Thursday’s opening round, despite playing this quirky game professionally for the majority of his life.

Truth be told, one isn’t human if the adrenaline isn’t at an all-time high. Even the great Tiger Woods will feel the same thing when teeing it up in the Bahamas next week.

Perez carded a 74, but responded with a strong 67 on Friday and went 71-68 per the weekend for a T33 finish. Weeks later, a trek to Sin City for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open at TPC Summerlin; distraction-filled Las Vegas always making for an interesting Tour stop. This time around—on the heels of nine down months—Perez was laser-focused and all business.

Back-to-back rounds of 66 got things moving and a 69-68 weekend resulted in a T7 finish; Perez flirting with the top but unable to catch the leader. Still, five consecutive rounds in the 60’s (dating back to Malaysia) confirmed to Perez that he was closer to back then he expected to be two events in. With one more fall event on his schedule—the laid-back OHL Classic at Mayakoba—a balls-out approach would be in full-force; something the veteran touched upon after closing strong on Sunday.

“I had an attitude that I can’t really repeat, but I had a lot of thoughts going on,” Perez explained in the media room. “I had an entirely different attitude than I would have had a few years ago. It was definitely a different win than last time. Last time, I was a little more scared coming down the stretch. I didn’t really believe and this and that. This time, I really had like this calmness, kind of like a madness to get it done.”

Those in-the-know regarding William Murray Golf caught the ZFG wink and nod regarding the attitude comment and newfound motivation. Perez changed the entire course of next year over four days and 72 hours south of the border mid-November.

Without the recent victory, Perez would’ve kicked off 2017 in Honolulu with a medical exemption and only 13 guaranteed starts where he needed to bank at least half a million bucks to earn back his Tour status.

With the win, the season will start with a smaller field of winners from 2016 and Perez’s status is secure for three years. Elusive WGC (World Golf Championship) events are now a reality—as is a trek to Augusta next April when Perez will return to The Masters for third time in his career (and first since 2010). Perez also wraps the fall series 3rd in the FedExCup standings, with a 112th Official World Golf Ranking.

A dream scenario for a gutsy player doing a lot of soul-searching as recently as a month ago. Congratulations, Champ.

Pat Perez (Finally) Back In PGA Tour Action

Pat Perez is back in action, in Malaysia gearing up for this week’s CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

While that may seem ho-hum for the average Tour pro weeks removed from the wrap-up of the FedExCup Playoffs—a completely different narrative for Perez, who come Thursday will be 237 days removed from his last competitive round. 

A fixture on the west coast, Perez rolled out with his standard six—Honolulu, Palm Springs, San Diego, Phoenix, Pebble Beach and Los Angeles—where a hot couple of weeks and fast start to the season are usually the norm.

Instead, a worrisome start—T81 at the Sony before missed cuts in the desert and home courses in San Diego and Scottsdale. Perez managed T41 in Pebble Beach (with a MDF) before another missed cut at Rivera.

In most cases, the scorecard does all the talking—but for those who saw Perez battle through a gritty third-round 69 at PGA West’s Stadium Course on a dreary Saturday last January, it was obvious the Tour veteran was hurting. 

Still, Perez forged on—signing on for a seventh consecutive event and trekking to South Florida for the Honda Classic; and event which is usually skipped after a long six-week west coast grind. An opening round 72 was followed by a 76 the following afternoon.

Perez was on the first flight back to Phoenix and after an MRI learned of torn left labrum. Surgery was scheduled within days, the recovery process was underway, his fifteenth consecutive season on Tour was shelved and the waiting game began. 

For those who follow the spirited pro on social media, it was apparent Perez wasn’t looking forward to being away. Time spent at home with friends and family was a nice bonus, but the road becomes home to players of this caliber and fellow pros, club manufacturers and Tour employees becoming a second family—almost a traveling circus of sorts. 

As much as a player might long for the comfort or their own bed or home-cooked meals—the road is calling. Early week practice rounds. Thursday and Friday competition setting up a weekend run for a paycheck. Mondays being treated as a normal person’s Saturday, before doing it all again come Tuesday.

The time off and comeback trail seemed like a daunting task eight-plus months back, but like everything else in life—time flies. Perez put in the work; standard post-op rehab than anyone would go through—but once June rolled around and it was again time to swing a club, he found another gear. 

Summer was spent off the grid in Payson, Arizona—practicing at The Rim daily; playing up to 72 holes per outing and sacking out by sundown, only to do it again the next day. It was almost akin to the classic comedy “Groundhog Day”; fitting as Perez’s had extra motivation due to a budding partnership with the legendary Bill Murray.

Perez kicked off the 2016 season with news of a partnership with the beloved actor and icon—William Murray Golf; a lifestyle brand and apparel line launched by Murray and the world’s top humor website, theCHIVE—who Perez has been aligned with socially the past few years. 

As fate would have it, hours after Perez tees is up for his first event in 33 weeks, WMG will officially launch it’s much-anticipated product line—Perez sporting some of the gear this week overseas as the line’s first-ever brand ambassador. 

Timing—as they often say—is everything.

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event, with Perez going off of No. 1 at 9:35 a.m. local time. Friday’s round has Perez off of No. 10 at 8:25 a.m.. He’ll be paired with David Hearn and Shih-chang Chan both days.  

GolfChannel will be providing live coverage of all the action from TPC Kuala Lumpur and for those trying to do the math on the time difference—the United States’ east coast is 12 hours behind. 

Regarding the William Murray Golf apparel launch—11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday October 20th is the official go-time online.

Welcome back, Double P—and welcome to the big time, Team WMG.  

 

Pat Perez On Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”

Pat Perez may be out of the rest of the PGA Tour season courtesy of labrum surgery weeks back, but it hasn’t slowed the veteran down.

Perez was in rare form this week when dropping by the GolfChannel for an hour-long segment on “Morning Drive”, with hosts Damon Hack and former Tour player Chris DiMarco.

An open book, authentic and quick with the wit—Perez talked about his injury, the recovery process, slow-mo swing videos and his new partnership with the world’s top humor website theCHIVE; who recently launched William Murray Golf—an apparel line with icon Bill Murray.

Soon as Perez wrapped with the “Morning Drive” crew, he popped over for a thirty minute sit-down with Matt Adams, host of “Fairways Of Life” on the PGA Tour’s SiriusXM channel. 

Next up; a trek to St. Augustine for the Murray Brothers “Caddyshack” celebrity golf tournament.

While Perez is unable to swing a club until the end of May, his presence at the event was requested—where he’ll coach-up theCHIVE’s foursome and talk partnership with Team Murray. 

The PGA Tour is sending SkratchTV down to cover the two-day event at the World Golf Hall of Fame in northern Florida. Stay tuned for the footage. Until then, content from GolfChannel.com regarding Perez’s two events in Orlando on Wednesday the 20th.

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Pat Perez Undergoes Season-Ending Surgery

After an uncharacteristically rough west coast swing and a missed cut at the Honda Classic, Pat Perez finally has an answer regarding his recent on-the-course struggles; a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Perez underwent surgery on Tuesday March 8th in Scottsdale, likely sidelining the 15-year PGA Tour pro until the fall series ramps up in October.

“I felt really good early January before heading to Hawaii for the Sony. On the range before Friday’s round in La Quinta the following week, things worsened and it took everything I had just to get through Saturday’s round,” Perez explained.

“The rest of the west coast swing was touch and go, but during the second round at the Honda weeks back, I knew something was wrong. I pressed on—grinding it out and trying to make the cut—but couldn’t get it done. Once home, I immediately went to a specialist, had the MRI and finally had some answers.”

A steady force on the west coast over his entire professional career, Perez’s inconsistent play the past two months had him struggling in events where success had been the norm, dating back to his rookie season in 2002.

Two years ago, a T2 run at the Farmers Insurance Open, 11th at Phoenix and T7 at Pebble Beach. In 2015, a blistering Sunday round at Pebble netted Perez a T4 finish.To date this season’s best showing; T41.

Perez’s relatively routine Arthroscopic Labrum Repair of the Shoulder (SLAP) surgery is a non-invasive procedure that will leave the Tour veteran in a sling for four weeks, followed by a few months of physical therapy to strengthen the shoulder and get him back to playing shape.

“I’ve been competing at this level for 15 seasons now and want to be out here for at least 15 more,” Perez shared.

“The timing of the injury isn’t optimum, but I’m choosing to see the positive in a negative. This is a rare opportunity for me to hit reset, get healthy and redial in my game so I can get back to business this fall. I’m already counting the days until I can practice and eventually compete again.” 

For more on Perez’s road to recovery, follow his journey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  

Opening Round 72 For Perez At Honda Classic

Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Honda Classic—his first since 2007—and fired an opening-round 72 at PGA National. Perez was one-under at the turn before giving a few back on the back nine. 

Going off of No. 1 at 8:05 a.m. ET on Thursday, Perez bogeyed the opening hole after hitting his tee shot to the right rough and second shot to the left green side bunker. Staring down a nine-footer for par, Perez left the putt two feet short and carded a five.

Perez saved par on No. 2, knocking down a nine-footer after hitting his tee shot to the right intermediate and second shot to the front left green side bunker.

From there, he settled in and birdied the par-five third—hitting his tee shot 306 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 229 yards to the green and setting up the 3.5-foot birdie putt, after an eagle attempt ran long. 

Back at even, Perez strung together back-to-back pars—tapping in a three-footer on the par-four fourth and a 4.5-foot putt on the par-three fifth.

A nine-foot par putt ran long and wide on the par-four sixth; Perez’s second shot 179 yards to the green, but a would-be 43-foot birdie putt ran past the cup, eventually setting up the one-foot tap-in for five.

Perez responded, hitting his tee shot 191 yards on the free on the par-three seventh, followed by an 11.4-foot birdie putt that got him back to even. A nine-foot par putt dropped on the par-four eighth, giving Perez some momentum going into the par-four ninth.

After hitting his tee shot 268 yards to the right fairway, Perez dropped his second shot 173 yards onto the free, leaving a 22-foot birdie putt which he rolled in, putting him at one-under at the turn.

Perez missed a six-footer for birdie on the par-four tenth, setting up a three-footer for four. From there the first of a few rough spots that set him back. 

The par-four eleventh was playing as the second-hardest hole and after a 283-yard shot to the left fairway, a 176-yard shot to the left fairway and a 56-foot shot to the green, Perez was staring down a 15-footer for par that went long and wide, setting up the four-foot bogey putt. 

Back-to-back pars ensued, before the day’s toughest-playing hole—the par-four fourteenth—did it’s best to hijack a would-be solid opening round.

Perez hit his tee shot 259 yards to the left fairway, but his second shot pulled right and the 203-yard effort found the water. A penalty stroke and drop in the right rough had Perez hitting his fourth shot 62 yards to the green, setting up a 16-foot bogey putt that went wide. He eventually dropped a 3.6-footer for double.

On the par-three fifteenth, Perez’s tee shot went 170 yards to the green but his 40-foot birdie putt rolled long, leaving a 6.7-footer for par that came up three inches short.

Perez responded with a 241-yard tee shot on the par-four sixteenth and a 186-yard second shot to the right rough, before almost holing out for birdie from 85 feet out—leaving his third shot six inches from the cup, setting up the par tap-in.

With two to play, Perez managed to steal one back on the par-three seventeenth, hitting his tee shot 169 yards to the green before brilliantly rolling in a 28-footer for birdie, getting him back to plus-two on the day.

Perez hit his tee shot 273 yards on the par-five eighteenth, but a 253-yard second shot found the fairway bunker, setting up a 66-yard third shot that found the green, but had him staring down a 20-foot birdie putt that came up short. Perez knocked down the three-footer for par and closed out an opening round 72.

Perez averaged 277 yards driving distance, hit 66.67-percent greens-in-regulation, had a driving accuracy percentage of 78.57, was 50-percent scrambling and 0.01 in strokes gained putting.

As of 5:00 p.m. ET, Perez is currently six strokes off the lead and T65.

Friday’s second round gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET, where Perez will go off of No. 10 and will again be paired with Tony Finau and Paul Casey.

IN OTHER NEWS: An unofficial South Florida CHIVE meet-up is taking place Friday February 26th at PGA National in the form of a free concert by Joe Bachman and The Tailgaters. The show kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET.

“The Tailgaters”—theCHIVE official house band, with ties to the annual Murray Brothers’ official Caddyshack golf tournament in St. Augustine, Florida—is headlining this week’s event in Palm Beach Gardens, while Perez—a long-time CHIVER and current endorsee of the William Murray Golf apparel line—will be in attendance with CHIVE Nation on Friday night. 

Perez Playing First Honda Classic Since 2007

Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Honda Classic in South Florida—and no, that isn’t a typo. In 14 previous seasons on the PGA Tour, Perez has only played this event five times. The reason? Nothing more than timing and logistics. 

Perez is one of few Tour pros who gets on board early in the west coast swing (Honolulu) and rides it all the way to the end (Pacific Palisades), hitting every stop in-between (Palm Springs, San Diego, Phoenix and Pebble Beach.) 

After six events in a row. West Palm Beach is generally off Perez’s radar by default; with him back in action for Tampa and Orlando after a quick breather. This time around, after a slow start out west, Perez is going pedal-to-the-metal and hoping a few days at PGA National is the remedy to jump start his season.

Perez only played the Champion Course once, back in 2007, where he missed the cut. Prior to that, The Honda Classic called the Country Club at Mirasol home, with Perez going feast-or-famine in four attempts—missed cuts in 2002 and 2004, followed up by a 4th place finish in 2005 and 12th in 2006. 

PGA National (Champion) is a 7,158-yard par 70 and created with major events in mind. According PGATour.com, “The original George and Tom Fazio layout took its first bow as a site of the 1983 Ryder Cup where Lanny Watkins’ birdie at No. 18 versus Jose Maria Canizares thwarted European upset hopes.”

“The Champ” also hosted the 1987 PGA Championship, won by Larry Nelson before Jack Nicklaus stepped in with a redesign in 1990—introducing the “Bear Trap” of Nos. 15, 16 and 17.

Tee times have been announced for this week’s Honda Classic and Perez landed the early / late draw, going off of No. 1 at 8:05 a.m. ET on Thursday and off No. 10 at 1:05 p.m. ET on Friday. He’ll be paired with Paul Casey and Tony Finau both days. 

Television coverage of this week will be split between GolfChannel and NBC—GolfChannel providing live weekday coverage between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET (and replays in the evening.)

Weekend coverage takes place on GolfChannel from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET before switching over to NBC for 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET coverage on Saturday and Sunday. 

IN OTHER NEWS: An unofficial South Florida CHIVE meet-up is taking place Friday February 26th at PGA National in the form of a free concert by Joe Bachman and The Tailgaters. The show kicks off at 6:00 p.m. ET.

“The Tailgaters”—theCHIVE official house band, with ties to the annual Murray Brothers’ official Caddyshack golf tournament in St. Augustine, Florida—is headlining this week’s event in Palm Beach Gardens, while Perez—a long-time CHIVER and current endorsee of the William Murray Golf apparel line—will be in attendance with CHIVE Nation on Friday night. 

Perez: T41 At Pebble Beach; Tee Times For Riviera

Pat Perez is back at Rivera Country Club this week for another Northern Trust Open, coming off a T41 finish at last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Perez opened with a 69 at Monterey Peninsula on Thursday, followed up with a Friday round of 71 at Pebble Beach and a Saturday showing at Spyglass resulted in a 73. Three-under after three was good enough to make the one-under cut and Perez closed with a final round 72 back at Pebble on Sunday. 

While the weekend run in Northern California couldn’t compete with last year’s T4 finish (and pro-am victory with partner Michael Lund), it proved to be a slump-buster for Perez, who missed cuts by a single stroke in Palm Springs and San Diego, before missing by two in Phoenix. 

Regarding Perez’s run over the years at in the Pacific Palisades, the PGA Tour veteran has played Riviera Country Club each of the past 14 seasons, only missing the cut twice.

Perez’s best finish at the former Nissan Open was 8th in 2007; second to that was T13 in 2012. Outside of that T23 (2002), T30 (2009), T32 (2003), T36 (2008), T51 (2013), T51 (2013), T58 (2005), T74 (2004), 75 (2014) and T77 (2006).

Perez wrapped the Northern Trust T41 last season and missed cuts in 2010 and 2011. 

Riviera Country Club—which opened in 1927—is a 7,322-yard par 71. According to PGATour.com, “Designer George Thomas labored over 15 possible layouts before decision on the on the one that features some of the TOUR’s most iconic holes. The par-3 sixth is famed for its bunker in the middle of the green and No. 10 may have the best drivable par-4 in golf.” 

The Los Angeles Open first arrived in 1929 and three famed wins by Ben Hogan in an 18-month span (two L.A Opens and the 1948 U.S. Open) earned Riviera the nickname “Hogan’s Alley”. 

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event, with Perez getting the late / early draw—going off No. 10 at 11:30 a.m. PT on Thursday and No 1 at 6:50 a.m. PT on Friday. He will be paired with Robert Allenby and Blayne Barber both days. 

Television coverage will be handled by the GolfChannel from 2:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. PT on Thursday and Friday. Weekend coverage will be split, with GolfChannel taking the early shift (10:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. PT) on Saturday and Sunday, with late coverage switching to CBS from noon to 3:30 p.m. PT both days. 

Perez Gearing Up For Chivetastic Phoenix Open

Pat Perez is back home in Scottsdale and is gearing up for another rowdy WasteManagement Phoenix Open. Perez is playing the event for the fifteenth season in a row and looks to get back on track after a few missed cuts to start the 2016 PGA Tour season. 

Perez is coming off a T26 finish at TPC Scottsdale last January. Prior to that, a career-best 11th place run in 2014. After missing the cut six times at the event—starting with his rookie season and running through 2007—Perez’s improvement at the hometown event was noticeable. 

T43 (2008) and T48 (2009) got things rolling and from there T24 (2010), T22 (2011) and T19 (2012) followed. 

Off-the-course it appears that Perez’s friendship and alignment with lifestyle brand and entertainment website theCHIVE has gone official as the Tour veteran was seen sporting a William Murray logo on his apparel and Callaway Golf bag. Perez has also ramped up social media efforts the past few days, as has theCHIVE in regards to the partnership. 

On the range Tuesday afternoon Perez was asked by national media members and Tour folks if this meant he was officially in business with acton and icon Bill Murray.

Perez offered up a solid “Maybe”, followed by a wry smile before walking away. 

Arizona’s local CHIVE Chapter has been vocal, as well—launching a group referencing “The Pat Perez Mob” that will be at TPC all week, supporting their favorite brand’s new endorsee. 

TPC Scottsdale (Stadium) is a 7,266-yard par 71 and this marks the venue’s thirtieth year as the tournament’s home. Over 400,000 fans are expected to come through the gates this week, with over 20,000 packing in the “Coliseum” surrounding the par-3 16th hole. 

Thunderbird Charities topped the $100M mark in charitable giving since the host organization was formed in 1937 and the 2015 event produced over $9M for Arizona charities, with monies sprinkled amongst 200 outlets in recent years.

Tee times have been announced for this year’s event, with Perez earning the early / late draw. Paired with Patrick Rodgers and Whee Kim, Perez will go off of No. 10 at 8:51 a.m. on Thursday and off of No. 1 at 1:01 p.m. on Friday—getting him to No. 16 right around happy hour. 

Tune in for all the latest from TPC Scottsdale this week.  

 

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.