Wednesday , January 13, 2016

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. 

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