Tuesday , May 26, 2015

Next For Perez; Memorial & U.S. Open Qualifier

Pat Perez has played seventeen PGA Tour events this season, is taking this week off after a three-event stretch and will be back in action for the Memorial next week in Dublin. 

This recent run saw Perez finishing T17th at THE PLAYERS Championship, T20th at the Wells Fargo Championship and T5th at Colonial last weekend—jumping him to 46th in the most-recent FedExCup standings. 

Perez originally intended to participate in this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson but with a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier coming up at Brookside Golf & Country Club and Lakes Golf & Country Club the Monday after Memorial, Perez will recharge at home this week, rolling into Ohio fresh for a long five-day stretch with much on the line. 

In comparison to 2014, Perez is only $128K off his final number last season, where he played 25 total events—nine between May and August, missing four cuts and finishing no higher than T44th.

When the FedExCup Playoffs got underway, Perez wound up missing the cut at The Barclays, before withdrawing from the Deutsche Bank Championship, where his season came to a close. 

From there, a off-season of change as Perez began working with coach Drew Steckel—less focused on tech and numbers, with more emphasis on feel and getting back to basics.

Perez’s first event after working with Steckel yielded a T33th finish in Mayalsia at the CIMB Classic and the fall season wrapped with a T69th finish at Mayakoba, where Perez rolled an opening round 66.

By the time Hawai’i rolled around, a freshly-married Perez went T17th at the Sony Open and week’s later, a seasons-best T4th at Pebble Beach, where he also won the pro-am with long-time partner Michael Lund

Perez has made 14-of-15 cuts since working with Steckel—his lone miss coming at the Arnold Palmer Invitational; rusty after three weeks off, on the heels of playing six-in-a-row on the west coast.

Roughly a dozen Tour events remain between now and the FedExCup Playoffs, with Perez gunning for a spot in the U.S. Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship, as well as stops at The Greenbrier Classic, John Deere Classic and Quicken Loans National

Some big events remain and where the backsliding kicked in this time last year, Perez is trending upwards and knocking on the door of that second win—which appears closer than ever. 

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