Thursday , January 30, 2014

Perez Gets Some Ink In USA Today

Steve DiMeglio of USA Today did a write-up on Pat Perez after an opening round 65 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday at TPC Scottsdale:

“Pat Perez Throws Party, Then Joins Open Under-Par Party”
by Steve DiMeglio, USA Today Sports

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — To prepare for the revelry of the Greatest Show on Grass, otherwise known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Pat Perez threw a big party at his home near TPC Scottsdale on Tuesday.

He did so again on Thursday, probably will Saturday, too.

That’s just Perez’s way. His doors are always open even when he’s despondent, as he was after falling one stroke short in last week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he worked as a kid. And throwing a party this week only seems natural since the Phoenix Open is the largest party on the PGA Tour, where an expected 525,000 will scream, cheer, boo, suntan, kick back — and kick back a few alcoholic beverages.

“I’m not a guy that sits by himself in the dark and watches Golf Channel,” Perez said after firing a 6-under-par 65 in Thursday’s first round of the Phoenix Open. “I’ve always got sports on. I’ve got people always going in and out of the house. Just always been that way for me. It’s not a distraction. I get totally away from everything.

“I just love having all my buddies around and everything.”

That’s the general feeling at TPC Scottsdale, where the weekend party will include celebrations of distance and red numbers. With the ball soaring in the heat of the Valley of the Sun on a course that favors bombers, par isn’t exactly coveted. Last year, Phil Mickelson won with a score of 28 under. That might be surpassed if the first round is an indication.

Just check the top of the leaderboard.

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