Friday , January 15, 2016

Perez; Second Round 66 On Friday At Waialae

Pat Perez was one-over heading into Friday’s round at Waialae and facing an uphill battle regarding making the cut after an early bogey on the par-four second.

Five consecutive pars kept Perez alive, before going on a five-birdie tear over the next eleven holes, en route to a second round 66 at the Sony Open—putting Perez three-under going into the weekend. 

After opening with a par on No. 1 and bogey on No. 2, Perez immediately regrouped—knocking down an 18-inch par putt on No. 3 and rolling in a nine-footer on the par-three fourth, keeping him at plus-one.

A 30-foot birdie putt was inches from falling on the par-four fifth, as was a 35-footer on the par-three seventh, showing that Perez was due for something to go. On the par-four eighth, it did. 

After crushing his tee shot 320 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 130 yards to the green, Perez rolled in a 33-footer for birdie, getting him back to even on the day. A seven-foot birdie opportunity rolled long and wide on the par-five ninth, but another solid drive on the par-four tenth had Perez in good position.

After a 314-yard tee shot found the right rough, Perez hit his second shot 50 yards to the green and set up the five-foot birdie putt, which he drained.

After rolling in a 14-incher for par on No. 11, Perez knocked down a 21-foot birdie put after hitting his tee shot 269 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 169 yards to the green on the par-four twelfth.

Back-to-back pars ensued, where Perez came up five inches short of rolling in a 67 footer for birdie on the par-four fourteenth, tapping in for four. 

Two-under on the day and still one-over on the event—with the cut-line at two-under—Perez had four holes to deliver, and he did, with two more birdies coming in.

Perez hit his tee shot 231 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 158 yards to the green on the par-four fifteenth, before rolling in an 18-footer for three. A four-foot birdie attempt ran two feet long and wide on the par-four sixteenth, while a 27-footer rolled was one rotation short of a birdie on the par-three seventeenth.

On the number, Perez approached the 551-yard par-five eighteenth, hit his tee shot 242 yards to the fairway bunker, his second shot 174 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 97 yards to the green, setting up a 7’7″ birdie opportunity which he rolled in, capping off a four-under back nine. 

Perez averaged 293 yards driving distance, 46.43-percent driving accuracy, hit 80.56-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 57.14-percent scrambling and -0.19 in strokes gained putting.

As of noon Hawaii time Perez was T49 on the event, with the projected cut holding firm at two-under. 

Saturday’s third round tee times at Waialae Country Club will be announced after Friday’s second round is complete. 

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