Monday , March 16, 2015

Perez At Bay Hill For Arnold Palmer Invitational

After playing six-in-a-row on the west coast and taking three off to regroup, Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida. 

Perez enters this week 62nd in FedExCup standings and 166th in overall World Golf Rankings, both of which look to improve in the coming weeks as Perez will play San Antonio and Houston, needing big-time finishes in order to earn a trip to Augusta—his last Masters appearance coming in 2009. 

Over the past 13 seasons, Perez has played the Bay Hill Invitational 12 times—not qualifying in ’04 after a rough start to the year. To date he’s missed one cut (2012) and his best finish is T4th (2009). Top 10 finishes were achieved early in his career, going T9th as a rookie in 2002 and following up with a T10th in 2003. 

Other finishes to date; T67th (2014), T50th (2013), T38th (2011), T40th (2010), T31st (2008), T28th (2007), T34th (2006) and T44th (2005). 

Bay Hill Club and Lodge is a par 72 and 7,419 yards long. This year’s purse is $6.3-million, with the winner taking home $1,134,000 and 500 FedExCup points. 

The legendary Arnold Palmer called the Dick Wilson design the “best course in Florida” back in 1965, with him eventually setting up shop in the vicinity.

The PGA Tour got on board in 1979, relocating the old Florida Citrus Open to what is currently known as “Arnie’s Place” and the event has since generated over $16-million for The Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, which oversees the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, dating back to 1987, when Palmer dedicated tournament proceedings towards a new facility.  

Opening round tee times will be announced on Tuesday and Perez’s pro-am go-time on Wednesday is 1:30 p.m. ET. 

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