Saturday , August 9, 2014

Third Round 71 For Perez At PGA Championship

Pat Perez fired a third consecutive 71 on “moving day” at the PGA Championship on Saturday—again, consistent with the pars, while limiting mistakes on a major-set-up course. 

Perez opened the third round at Valhalla with five consecutive pars, before taking a step backwards with his first double bogey of the week. Perez’s drive went 248 yards to the left fairway, but trouble came on his second shot, which went 136 yards to the native area.

After punching his third shot back onto the fairway, Perez didn’t reach the green until his fifth shot, eventually dropping an 18-inched for a six. 

Like he has several times this week at Valhalla, Perez responded to adversity with some clutch play—immediately birdying the par-five seventh. After driving 253 yards to the left fairway, Perez hit his second shot 205 yards and left himself a three-foot tap-in for three.

Four consecutive pars followed, before a bogey on the par-four twelfth—where Perez sunk an 11-footer to avoid a double. A potential birdie opportunity presented itself on the par-three fourteenth, where Perez’s tee shot landed on the green, leaving a 12-footer for birdie, but the putt came up short and a tap-in kept him at plus-two on the day.

Perez parred the next three holes and with the day’s final par-five remaining, went for broke and was rewarded. After bombing his drive 289 yards to the left fairway, Perez hit his second shot 240 yards to the green, leaving himself a seven-footer for eagle, which he dropped—making up for the blunder on six and getting back two strokes and to even on the day. 

Perez finished the day averaging 280 yards driving distance, 66.67% in driving accuracy and 70.37% in greens-in-regulation.

With half the field still on the course as of 3:00 p.m. ET, Perez is currently sitting at T58th. Rory McIlroy still leads at nine-under, Jason Day and Jim Furyk are one back and three players are seven under. Three players have carded rounds of 66—Sergio Garcia, Marc Warren and Brooks Koepka—which is currently the low round at Valhalla thus far today.

Sunday’s tee times will be announced in a few hours. Stay tuned. 

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