Monday , July 27, 2015

Pat Perez Wraps RBC Canadian Open T18

Pat Perez had a colorful scorecard Sunday at Glen Abbey—plus-two at the turn and two birdie-bogey runs on the back nine, before a two-hole stretch-of-blue that was the difference between T41 and T18 at the RBC Canadian Open.

Perez opened the final round with back-to-back pars, before bogeying the par-four third. He responded with a birdie on the par-four fifth—rolling in a 13-footer getting him back on even on the day. 

Back-to-back pars ensued on No. 6 and No. 7 before Perez settled back in with two consecutive pars before the turn.

On the par-four tenth Perez his 248 yards far right and his second shot 192 yards to the green, where he dropped in a 51-footer for three—but quickly gave it back on the par-four eleventh when he couldn’t roll in a six-footer for par. 

Back to plus-two on the day, Perez parred the next three holes—his best look at birdie a 10-footer on the par-four fourteenth that rolled long and wide.

Perez escaped disaster on the par-five thirteenth—rolling in a nine-footer for par after hitting his second shot in the water, taking a drop and sticking his fourth shot 115 yards to the green. 

Perez got back to one-under with a birdie on the par-three fifteenth, hitting his tee shot 140 yards to the green and rolling in a 27-footer.

On the par-five sixteenth, Perez hit his tee shot 305 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 206 yards to the right rough, but struggled to get out—sending his third shot 21 feet to the right fairway. Perez was on the green in four, but couldn’t knock down the six-footer for par, setting up the 17-inch bogey putt. 

Instead of dejection setting in, determination took over as Perez picked up three strokes over the day’s final two holes.

On the par-four seventeenth, Perez crushed his tee shot 329 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 129 yards to the green, setting up a three-foot tap in.

From there Perez attacked the par-five eighteenth, hitting his tee shot 307 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 205 yards to the green, leaving a 14-foot eagle putt which Perez confidently rolled in, closing out a final-round 71. 

Perez averaged 318 yards driving distance, was 50-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation, 37.50-percent in scrambling and 1.46 in strokes gained putting.

This week’s T18 is Perez’s seventh Top 25 in the last ten events and the finish moved him from 58th to 53rd in this week’s FedExCup standings.

Perez has played 21 events on the season thus far and will be in action two more times before The Playoffs get underway; this week’s Quicken Loans National and the upcoming PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

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