Friday , March 20, 2015

74-72 Misses Cut At Arnold Palmer Invitational

Pat Perez carded five birdies over his last nineteen holes, but two bogeys and a double on Friday will keep him from seeing the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

This marks the second cut Perez has missed at Bay Hill in a dozen starts and breaks a streak of eight consecutive cuts made, dating back to last November. Next up for Perez, a trek back to the Lone Star State for back-to-back events; the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open

Perez closed Thursday’s round in Orlando with a final-hole birdie, on the heels of 11 straight pars and the mojo appeared to carry over to Friday’s early-morning tee time by way of a birdie on the par-four tenth.

Perez’s first shot of the day flew 273 yards to the left fairway and he followed up with a 137-yard second shot, leaving a 12-footer which he dropped for three. A 14-foot birdie attempt on the par-five twelfth came up two feet short, keeping Perez at one-under after three. 

Water hazards had their way on a few occasions, the first taking place on the the par-four thirteenth. After hitting his tee shot to the left fairway. Perez’s second shot found the water. After taking a drop in the right fairway, his fourth shot flew 84 yards to the green and a 10-footer for bogey ran two feet wide, leaving a tap-in for six.

After going par-bogey over the next two, Perez got one back on the par-five sixteenth—starting with a 305-yard drive to the right fairway and brilliant 208-yard shot to the green. Perez almost knocked down the 16-foot eagle putt, settling for a half-foot tap in for four.

Three consecutive pars were followed by a birdie-par-birdie run that had Perez one-under on the day and two strokes from the cut line. A 222-yard tee shot on the par-three second left Perez a 15-footer for birdie, which he dropped and the par-five fourth left a five-footer for three, even after a 280-yard tee shot wound up in the right rough.

Perez went for broke on the par-five sixth, but again found the water. A 278-yard tee shot landed in the right fairway, but a 256-yard second shot got wet, forcing a left fairway drop and eventual 60-footer for par. Perez eventually drained the six-footer for six, but was back to even on the day and three strokes off the cut line with three to play.

Three pars closed on the front nine, with Perez finishing even and two-over on the week, while the cut line moved to two-under by day’s end. 

Stats-wise, Perez averaged 278.7 yards driving distance, 57.14-percent in driving accuracy and 66.67-percent in greens-in-regulation. 


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