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. 

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.

 

Pat Perez In Kuala Lumpur For CIMB Classic

Coming off a missed cut at TPC Summerlin, Pat Perez hopped a Sunday night flight out of Las Vegas, connected in Los Angeles and made the 21-hour trek to Malaysia for the sixth-annual CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Countfy Club.

This marks Perez’s third trek to Malaysia for what is the first ever tournament sanctioned by the PGA Tour in Southeast Asia. Beginning in 2013, the CIMB Classic gained official status on the PGA Tour, the field was increased to 78 players and FedExCup points are in play—as is a $7M purse.

Perez wrapped last year’s CIMB Classic T33, after shooting 69-69 on the weekend and his best finish came in 2012 where he placed 9th, shooting 67-68-68-65.

Like last year, Perez rolls overseas on the heels of two missed cuts—shooting 70-77 at the Frys.com Open in Napa mid-October and 74-70 at TPC Summerlin for last week’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas. 

Perez was two-under early on Thursday at Summerlin but a bogey-double bogey stretch set him back; three-putting on the par-five sixteenth after a birdie opportunity rolled long and wide, then finding water with his tee shot on the par-three seventeenth.

Perez found himself five under with three to play, but went birdie-par-birdie over holes seven, eight and nine to get back to plus-three on the day. On Friday, the long road to even as Perez was two-over early, but scrapped back with birdies on the par-three fifth and par-five ninth, leaving him even at the turn. 

Perez capitalized on both back nine par-fives, with birdies on No. 13 and No. 16 but it wasn’t enough to overcome those two doubles on Thursday. Perez bogeyed the par-four eighteenth, finishing with a second round 70.

Coming off a 26-event season in 2014-2015—where Perez’s FedExCup Playoffs run ended T45 at the BWM Championship late September—Napa Valley and Sin City aren’t necessarily the easiest, distraction-free places to refocus, getting the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season off to a hot start.

Conversely, Kaula Lumpur has proven to be a solid reset for Perez the two times he’s played the CIMB Classic. 

The lengthy travel (almost a full day in the air) and time change (losing 15 hours) make for a hit-the-ground-running type of entrance and event with lots of down time and few distractions. Action kicks off Thursday morning and win no cut this week, the entire field will play 72 holes and doesn’t face the pressure of thinking about seeing the weekend. 

Kuala Lumpur G&CC (West) is a par-72 measuring 6,985 yards and has now hosted both PGA Tour and European Tour events. The Malaysian Open has had seven events there and the LPGA has an even there, as well.

Charity-wise the CIMB Foundation supports some 130 charities, with emphasis on projects relating to community development, education and sports. In addition to developing junior golf in Southeast Asia, the foundation also sponsors programs in squash, soccer and cycling.

Tee times have been announced. Perez goes off No. 1 at 8:35 a.m. local time and off No. 10 at 9:35 a.m. local on Friday. He’ll be paired with Scott Brown and SSP Chawrasia both days. 

GolfChannel will handle all coverage of the CIMB Classic. With the time change, Perez’s tee times translate to 8:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday and 9:35 p.m. ET on Thursday as Kuala Lumpur is a dozen hours ahead of Eastern standard time. 

Perez Gearing Up For TPC Summerlin In Vegas

Pat Perez is coming off of a missed cut at last week’s Frys.com Open in Napa, California but is back in action for this week’s Shriners Hospital For Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Perez has been a constant staple at the Vegas event over the years and has had general success, but missed the cut by two strokes last fall—going 72-70 over two rounds.

From there he spent the weekend dialing things in with new swing coach Drew Steckel on the range at TPC Summerlin and righting the ship at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and then Mayakoba for the OHL Classic. 

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event, with Perez getting another late/early draw. He’ll go off of No. 10 at 12:45 p.m. PT on Thursday and off of No. 1 at 8:01 a.m. PT on Friday—paired with Brendon de Jonge and Kevin Kisner both days.  

TPC Summerlin is par 71 measuring 7,255 yards and opened in 1991. According to this week’s media release, “The course meanders through arroyos and canyons leading to a four-hole closing stretch packed with risk/reward – the drivable par-4 15th, the par-5 16th, the water-lined par-3 17th and a strong par-4 No.18.”

This year’s Shriners Hospital For Children Open will be on Golf Channel from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Thursday through Sunday.  

 

Opening Round 70 For Perez At Frys.com Open

Pat Perez went late on Thursday at Silverado and wrapped with an opening round 70 just before the horn blew on Thursday evening at the Frys.com Open.

Perez opened on No. 10 and strung together seven consecutive pars before the day’s first birdie on the par-four seventeenth. Over that stretch, Perez’s best look at birdie came on the par-four twelfth, where a 12’4″ putt rolled long, leaving a three-footer for par. 

Perez hit his tee shot 254 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 109 yards on No 17, setting up a five-footer for birdie. A seventeen-footer came up a foot short on the par-five eighteenth, leaving Perez one-under going into the turn. 

A 313-yard tee shot and 132-yard second shot to the green left Perez a 6’8″ birdie putt on No. 1, which he rolled in getting to two-under after ten. From there, back-to-back pars—including a 13’6″ putt on the par-three second to avoid giving one back.

Through eleven holes Perez had hit 100-percent greens-in-regulation. 

The day’s long bogey occurred on the par-four fourth, where Perez’s second shot found the right rough and his third going 51 feet to the green, setting up the 15’7″ par putt that came up an inch short for what would’ve been a brilliant save.

Perez parred No. 5—a par-five—but bounced back with a birdie after hitting his tee shot 315 yards to the right rough and his second shot 122 yards to the green, leaving a half-footer for three. 

Three consecutive pars closed out the round, with Perez’s best look at birdie a seven-footer on the par-four eight that rolled two feet long. On the par-five ninth, another second shot that found the right rough—leaving Perez a 44-footer for birdie, where he eventually rolled in the 17″ par putt. 

Perez averaged 298 yards driving distance, was 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, hit 88.89-percent greens-in-regulation, 50-percent scrambling and -0.56 stroked gained putting. 

Friday’s tee time was originally set for 8:45 a.m. PT, but with round one suspended due to darkness and set to resume at 8:40 a.m. PT, Perez’s tee time will be pushed back. He will go off of No. 1, again paired with Kevin Chappell and Daniel Summerhays


 

Pat Perez Back In Action For Frys.com Open

The PGA Tour fall series is underway and Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Frys.com Open.

Perez made it through the BMW Championship and finished 45th overall in the FedExCup Playoffs before an off-week and trek across the pond for a European Tour event; The Dunhill. Perez arrived in Napa fresh off of a three-day stint at his home in Payson, where he practiced through the weekend at his home course, The Rim.

This year’s Frys.com Open is the second taking place at at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. Prior to that it spent four seasons in San Martin at CordeValle. The event began in 2007 in Perez’s backyard—literally—taking place at the Grayhawk Raptor course where Perez has resided since 2003.

Perez missed the cut at Silverado last fall, shooting 77-73 after a rough run at in the FedExCup Playoffs. A week later, a missed cut in Vegas prompted a coaching change, where Perez began working with swing coach Drew Steckel.

His history at CordeValle had finishes of T38 (2010), T58 (2013) and a missed cut in 2011. He skipped the event in 2012. While at Grayhawk, Perez obviously thrived, going T6 (2007), T7 (2008) and T13 (2009) those three years in Scottsdale.

Perez is playing Wednesday’s official pro-am, where he’ll go off of No. 10 at 12:10 p.m. PT and will be paired with Eddie Hendersone, Dave King and Chris Powell

Tee times have also been announced for this week’s event, with Perez getting the late/early draw. Thursday’s tee time is 1:30 p.m. PT, where Perez will go off of No. 10. On Friday, an 8:40 a.m. PT go-time off of No. 1. He’ll be paired with Kevin Chappell and Daniel Summerhays both days. 

Silverado Resort and Spa (North) is a par 72 measuring 7,203 yards. Once the estate of a Civil War general, the property was converted into a resort in the 1960 and Robert Trent Jones Jr. signed onto build two 18-hole courses.

The PGA Tour’s first event took place in 1968 with the Kaiser International, which lasted 13 years. Silverado went on to be part of the Champions Tour schedule, hosting The Transamerica from 1989 through 2002. The courses were overhauled in 2010. 

This year’s field is deeper than in the past, with many players looking to get a leg up on the competition. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose signed on, as did younger players like Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama.

Tiger Woods was originally set to get his season underway in Napa, but another back injury sidelined him for an indefinite period.