Thursday , July 10, 2014

Opening Round 71 For Perez At John Deere

Pat Perez fired an even-par 71 in the opening round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois on Thursday. Perez negated three bogeys and a double with some clutch play down the stretch, birdying two of the the three holes at TPC Deere Run. 

After parring the opening hole, Perez birdied the par-five second, crushing his drive 287 yards to the right rough and following up with a 149-yard second shot to the right fairway. Perez’s third shot found the green, where he dropped a 22-footer for birdie.

A bogey-par-birdie-bogey stretch between holes five and eight brought Perez back to even.  

After hitting his drive 281 yards to the right fairway on the par-four fifth, Perez sent his second shot 141 yards to the right intermediate. He punched his third shot 89 yards to the right fairway and his fourth left him a four-footer for bogey.

The birdie on the par-three seventh was the result of a 26-foot drop-in after hitting his tee shot 226 yards to the green, but was followed by bogey on the par-four eighth—where an eight-foot par putt came up and inch short. 

Even at the turn, things could’ve unraveled with a double bogey on the par-four eleventh, where Perez had to take a drop after a 226-yard tee shot to the tree outline and eventually made six. Instead, a clutch close-out that sets a tone for Friday afternoon’s round. 

Perez strung together back-to-back pars on twelve and thirteen, before picking up a stroke with a birdie on the par-four fourteenth. After hitting is drive 264 yards to the right fairway, Perez put hide second shot on the green and left himself a three-foot tap-in. 

A bogey on the par-four fifteenth was the result of a 279-yard drive into the fairway bunker, followed by a 104-yard second shot into the left intermediate, leaving a 20-foot par putt that came up short. 

From there, back-to-back birdies on sixteen and seventeen brought Perez back to even on the day, where he’d remain after parring eighteen. He finished the day averaging 296 yards driving distance, hitting 61.11% greens in regulation and posted a 78.57 driving accuracy percentage. 

Perez tees it up Friday at 12:25 p.m. local time, where he’ll go off No. 10 with Richard Lee and Scott Langley.

 

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