Monday , May 18, 2015

Perez Texas-Bound For Crowne Plaza Invitational

Pat Perez is coming off his fourth T20th finish in five events and is headed to Ft. Worth for this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Perez has played three in a row and will take next week’s Byron Nelson Classic off to regroup before heading to the Memorial, following it up with a Monday 36-hole qualifier for the upcoming U.S. Open.

Over the past thirteen seasons, Perez’s schedule didn’t line up well for Colonial, so he skipped the event in 2009, 2006 and 2004, withdrawing due to injury in 2013 and 2003. The lone cut he’s missed occurred last season. 

Outside of that, his best finishes to date are 4th (2007), 6th (2008) and T10th (2010), while going T63rd (2012), T62nd (2011), T44th (2005) and T56th (2002) as a rookie.

Perez heads to Texas off an unexpected run in Charlotte at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. Perez—even after two—was right on the cut line, which hovered between even and one-under until James Hahn bogeyed No. 18, getting it back to even.

From there, Perez went 68-70 over the weekend, wrapped the event six-under and carded another Top 20 finish, moving him to 51st in the most-recent FedExCup standings

Where Perez started backsliding this time last year—after a hot start on the west coast, including a T2nd finish at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego—he seems to be hitting his stride as mid-season approaches. 

A 4th place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has been the highlight of the season thus far—Perez having 16 events under his belt dating back to last fall.

From there, T41st at the Northern Trust Open a few weeks off (after six-in-a-row) and a missed cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational proved to be a fluke, with a new streak started and Perez seemingly knocking on the door every week; a little fine-tuning away from topping the leaderboard and consistently being in the hunt. 

Regarding this week’s event, Colonial Country Club is a 7,204-yard-long, par 70 track, known for doglegs and tight fairways.

Some more history, courtesy of this week’s PGA Tour release: “Colonial opened in 1936 and served as the U.S. Open stage just five years later – the first time the event went south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The PGA TOUR has visited each year since 1946, making the Perry Maxwell/John Bredemus design the longest-running host site on the circuit. Colonial also staged the second edition of THE PLAYERS Championship in 1975, the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open and Annika Sorenstam’s historic venture a dozen years ago as the first woman to play a PGA TOUR event since World War II.”

Charity-wise, the Colonial supports Cook Children’s Medical Center, supporting programs to ensure no child in need of medical attention is left untreated. Some 90 other Tarrant County charities receive proceeds from the event, with last year’s total reaching $9 million.

Golf Channel coverage takes plays Thursday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET and on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, with CBS picking up the weekend coverage from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m ET both days.  

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