Thursday , May 21, 2015

Opening Round 69 For Pat Perez At Colonial

Pat Perez fired an opening round 69 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on Thursday—staying on the rails despite a rough early hole, not to mention a tee time pushed back several hours due to inclement weather in Fort Worth. 

Perez opened with a birdie on the par-four tenth, sticking a 144-yard second shot onto the green and setting up a five-footer for three. From there, par-par before knocking down an eleven-foot birdie putt on the par-three thirteen.

The defining hole of the day proved to be the par-four fourteenth, where Perez carded a rare triple bogey, where a tree, a bad bounce, a few roughs and two drops eventually set up a three-footer for seven.

Undeterred, Perez went head-down and stayed focus the rest of the afternoon, chipping away at the deficit hole by hole. 

On the par-four fifteenth, a birdie putt shaved the hole and set up a three-footer for par. On the par-three sixteenth, Perez chipped up from the right front green side bunker, leaving a four-footer for par.

A 21-footer almost dropped for three on the par-four seventeenth—and the same with a 19-footer on the par-four eighteenth.  

Perez got one back on the par-five first hole after hitting his tee shot 275 yards to the right rough, his second shot 153 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 132 yards to the green, leaving an 18-foot birdie putt that he rolled in. 

On the par-four second, a brilliant third shot went 41 feet, leaving a 2’7″ par putt, keeping Perez even on the day.

After a four on the par-four third, another birdie as Perez sunk a 14-footer on the par-three fourth. 

A 39-foot birdie opportunity ran half a foot wide on the par-four fifth, but Perez got another back on the par-four sixth. After hitting his tee shot 278 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 132 yards to the green, Perez rolled in the three-footer for three and was back to two-under on the day.

Back-to-back pars followed; including a clutch 12-foot putt on the par-four seventh for four and a five-footer on the par-three eight.

One final setback on the par-four ninth as a four-foot par putt ran long, but the grind to get back to one-under after giving three strokes back on No. 14—nothing short of impressive.

Perez averaged 271.50 yard driving distance on the day, 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent greens-in-regulation, was 50-percent in scrambling and 0.64 in strokes gained putting.

Friday’s second round tee time is set for 8:17 a.m. CT, where Perez will go off of No. 1, again paired with Steve Flesch and Luke Guthrie.  

Perez is currently T40th and five strokes behind the leaders, all four of whom shot 64 on Thursday.  


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