Monday , July 13, 2015

#FindDannyAGirl Trending, Going Global (Literally)

Pat Perez had three rounds in the 60′s and finished T55th at the recent John Deere Classic, but his off-the-course matchmaking efforts are all the rage.

Last week’s efforts to find fellow pro Danny Lee a girlfriend has been the talk of the PGA Tour—with Perez creating the hashtag #FindDannyAGirl and asking interest ladies to send in their submissions.

PGATour.com picked up the story on Monday, with Amanda Balionis breaking down the scoop in her “Trending On Tour” weekly segment. Balionis spent :45 discussing wins by Jordan Speith and Rickie Fowler before dedicating 1:10 to Perez’s matchmaking efforts.

Perez referred to Lee as, “The South Korean Pride of New Zealand” in his open-letter last Tuesday; with Stuff.co.NZ picking up the story on Monday and blasting it out to New Zealanders countrywide. 

When catching up with Perez on Saturday between a handful of rain delays, he appeared to be having fun with the attention the story was receiving, as well as manufacturing another way to bust Lee’s chops. 

“We did dinner at Duck City together a few nights this week and by Friday night, it was the only thing people were talking about,” explained Perez outside the locker room at TPC Deere Run.

“Everyone who stopped by the table brought it up; other Tour pros, patrons, Chef Charles—you name it. The hashtag we put out there, the photo, the media coverage; it’s surprisingly picking up steam. Same thing on the course. Seemed like between every hole someone was making reference to it.” 

Perez quipped earlier on Monday that submissions were “rolling in”— in parenthesis joking that it was more of a “trickle”. The Tour veteran also made reference on Instagram to a Dating Game-style contest once his team has sifted through the entries and a Top Ten has been narrowed down. 

Regarding on-the-course efforts, Perez put together a consistent bogey-free round of 69 on Thursday and was four-under through eight on Friday, before a bogey on No. 18 and nine consecutive pars—leaving him five-under entering the weekend. 

Saturday got off to a quirky start for Perez; an early morning downpour and thunder halting the round two shots into his first hole. Action resumed within the hour, with Perez nearly dropping a 14-footer for birdie, but settling for four. 

The steady rain continued, with Perez making par on the next four holes before carding his first birdie of the day on the par-four sixth, where he rolled in the 32-footer for three.

Perez then his his tee shot 215 yards to the green on the ensuing par-three, setting up a 54-foot birdie putt before the horn blew a second time and an hour-long delay broke momentum.

Back on the green over an hour later, Perez managed to roll in the lengthy birdie putt getting to two-under and minus-seven on the event.

From there, a few hiccups with a bogey-par-bogey-double stretch, before closing out with seven consecutive pars en route to two-over on moving day. Come Sunday, a solid four-birdie round of 69—getting tripped-up on No. 9 with a double bogey.

Perez immediately bounced back with a birdie on the par-five tenth and picked up another stroke on the day’s final par five—No. 17—wrapping two-under on the day. 

Next up for Perez, an off-week before heading north of the border to the RBC Canadian Open and the Quicken Loans National. He rolls into this off-week ranked 56th in the current FedExCup standings and 113th in the Official World Golf Rankings.


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