Monday , August 24, 2015

Perez Ranked 54th Entering FedExCup Playoffs

Pat Perez is gearing up for his 24th event of the 2015 PGA Tour season and is New Jersey-bound for the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays

Perez skipped last week’s Wyndham Championship and is coming off a missed cut at the PGA Championship; breaking a streak of 11 consecutive cuts dating back to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March.

Perez’s history at The Barclays has been up, down an all around over the years. His best success came earlier in his career when the event—formerly known as the Buick Classic and Barclays Classic—was consistently held at Westchester Country Club; finishing T2 as a rookie in 2002, T22 in 2005 and T42 in 2004, while missing cuts in 2003 and 2007, and withdrawing in 2006.  

Upon the launching of the FedExCup in 2007, the event began rotating courses—starting with Westchester in 2007 and moving to Ridgewood (2008, 2010 and 2014), Liberty National (2009 and 2013), Bethpage (2012) and Plainfield (2011 and 2015.)

Perez’s best FedExCup Playoffs finish at The Barclays was T38 the event’s lone year at Bethpage. Outside of that, T60 at Ridgewood five years back and a handful of missed cuts.

Perez’s one crack at Plainfield—host site for this year’s event—brought an opening round 79 and W/D, the result of trying to play through an injury. 

The lack of slow starts at The Barclays have played a huge part in Perez’s season usually wrapping after the Deutsche Bank Championship, losing too much ground week out of The Playoffs.

He advanced to the BMW Championship twice in eight tries—2009; the year he won the Bob Hope Classic and 2012, where a T26 in Boston kept his season rolling one more week. 

Perez’s season came to a disappointing end in the FedExCup playoffs in 2014 after a blazing start to the year—T8 (Sony Open), T2 (Farmers Insurance Open), 11 (Phoenix Open) and T7 (AT&T National Pro-Am) set the tone.

Weeks later T11 (Valero Texas Open) and T18 (RBC Heritage) were the final bright spots before Perez’s season ultimate derailed. Perez missed cuts in five of the next eleven events and finished no better than T44, while also withdrawing from the Deutsche Bank Championship, ending his Playoffs run. 

From there, a T58 finish at the Open and missed cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, prompting a coaching change—Perez immediately teaming up with swing coach Drew Steckel on the range that weekend in Las Vegas; a move that completely turned the Tour veteran’s game around almost overnight. 

The result; more consistency overall in 2015 and Perez entering this year’s Playoff’s riding high. In 23 events, Perez has made 19 cuts, has ten Top 25 finishes and two Top 10′s. His strongest showing on the year came at Pebble Beach, where he finished T4 and won the pro-am portion of the event with long-time partner Michael Lund

Since that missed cut in Orlando, Perez has finished in the Top 25 on eight occasions in twelve events (as well as T26 at the RBC Heritage.) His best finish in that stretch; T5 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial late May. 

Regarding this week’s course, Plainfield Country Club is a par 70 measuring 7,012 yards and this week’s winner will receive 2,000 points—four times the amount of a standard Tour event.

This marks the second time a PGA Tour event has been held at Plainfield; the first being The Barclays in 2011 where Dustin Johnson won a 54-hole shootout shortened by the approaching Hurricane Irene. 

Coverage for this week’s event will run Thursday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET and Sunday from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel with later weekend coverage moving over to CBS from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET on both Saturday and Sunday. 


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