Friday , August 14, 2015

Missed Cut At PGA; FedExCup Playoffs Next

Pat Perez appeared to have survived and up and down front nine, picking up a quick birdie after the turn, getting to plus-one on the event and in position to see the weekend at this week’s PGA Championship

Then “Cliff Hanger” happened; the thirteenth hole at Whistling Straits—derailing what outside of that was a soild outing at a major. 

Perez hit his tee shot 244 yards to the fairway bunker, but could only get his second shot 70 yards to the right rough—with his third shot only going 67 feet. A 48-yard fourth shot found the green, but set up a a 40-foot bogey putt that Perez ran to within seven feet; the double bogey putt rolling three feet long and wide before rolling in the three-footer for seven. 

Perez played the other seventeen holes even; three birdies, three bogeys and eleven pars.

The day’s first birdie came on the par-four fourth, getting Perez back to even after an opening-hole bogey. Perez hit his tee shot 275 yards to the left rough, his second shot 221 yards to the green and rolled in the six-footer for three. 

On the par-four sixth Perez hit his tee shot 306 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 35 yards to the green, setting up and eight-footer for birdie and getting to one-under on the day—before giving one back on the par-three seventh. 

Even at the turn, Perez birdied the par-four tenth; hitting his tee shot 280 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 83 yards to the green before rolling in a 12-footer for three. 

Perez parred the next two holes before getting into trouble on No. 13 and parred four-in-a-row from there, before a bogey on the par-four eighteenth; sending the nine-foot par putt long and wide, setting up the three-foot comeback.

Perez averaged 294.5 yards driving distance, 60.71-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation and -0.431 in strokes gained putting.

Next up for Perez, an off week home in Scottsdale before heading east for the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs at The Barclays. Perez is 52nd in the current rankings, which has him in the first three events, as of now—the Deutche Bank Championship and BMW Championship after the opener in New Jersey. 

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