Wednesday , January 27, 2016

Farmers Insurance Open Tee Times Announced

Pat Perez is back home in San Diego for another Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Perez grew up shagging balls at Torrey and sleeping in his car to get a tee time.

Since then he’s been a 15-year mainstay at the event—as pointed out by Golfweek’s days backJim McCabe dubbing the veteran, “The King Of The West Coast Swing”. 

Perez’s highest finish at Torrey Pines came in 2014 when he finished in a five-way tie for second, shooting eight-under for the week. Second to that, a T6 finish in 2005 was Perez’s second best outing.

Along the way there were three Top 25′s—T20 (2011), T21 (2013) and T22 (2012)—as well as T39 (2006), T50 (2003), T57 (2009) and 74 (2015). Perez has missed the cut five times (2010, 2008, 2007, 2004 and 2002 as a rookie.) 

Perez enters this week on the heels of missed cuts at the Sony Open and CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta last week, though he appears to be trending upwards by way of a solid Saturday round at TPC Stadium.

Perez carded eight birdies on the afternoon—including a 71-foot chip-in that made the highlight reels—but couldn’t drop a 20-footer for birdie on No. 18, eventually missing the cut by one stroke. 

The Farmers Insurance Open takes place on two courses over the four days; all players getting one crack at Torrey Pines North Course on Thursday or Friday, as well as one day on the challenging South Course—a par 72 measuring 7,698 yards. All weekend golf is played on the South, as well. 

The 1957 William Bell creation has been home to the PGA Tour’s annual San Diego stop since 1968 and a 2001 upgrade by Rees Jones helped Torrey Pines last the 2008 U.S. Open. (For those keeping score, Perez earned his Tour card for the 2002 season—a year after Jones’ redesign—eliminating some of the advantages one would’ve had growing up playing the course.) 

Tee times have been announced for this week’s event, with Perez going off No. 10 (North Course) at 10:40 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. off of No. 1 (South Course) on Friday. Perez will be paired with Steve Marino and Roberto Castro both days. 


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