Friday , May 23, 2014

Perez Misses First Cut Since Last October

All streaks must come to an end and for Pat Perez, it took place in Ft. Worth this week when the Tour veteran missed his first cut of the year at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial—plus-four after two, with even looking like the magic number. 

Perez’ streak started last November at The McGladrey Classic and from there went on to make 13 consecutive cuts.

During that span Perez reeled in three top 10 finishes—Sony Open (T8th), Farmers Insurance Open (T2nd) and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (T7th), as well as 11th place at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Valero Texas Open—a four-way tie.

Perez sat out last week’s Byron Nelson Classic–taking a breather to avoid five straight (and the US Open qualifier)—but trekked to Texas this week, confident after semi-recent success at Colonial. Perez finished 4th in 2007, 6th in 2008 and T10th in 2010, sitting out 2009 due to injury. 

Perez was the epitome of consistency early Thursday, starting on No. 10 and stringing together five birdies out the gate. The day’s first blemish came on the par-four fifteenth, where Perez bogeyed after missing a 10-foot par putt. From there, three pars closed out the back nine and left him plus-one on the day.

Perez quickly got a few back, birdying one and three, but bogeyed five and end for an even front nine and opening round 71.

Friday’s early morning round started with back-to-back pars and was highlighted by a 24-foot birdie putt on the par-four third—Perez’ lone birdie of the day.

Perez hit into the left rough on the par-four fifth and missed an eight-foot par putt, eventually knocking in a two-footer for bogey.

On the par-four seventh, Perez drove into the fairway bunker and found bunker again on his second shot. A 23-foot par putt missed and Perez carded his second bogey in three holes, plus-one on the day and two-over on the tournament.

The back nine saw seven consecutive pars before a bogey-bogey finish set Perez down the cut line.

Perez entered this past week 41st in the FedExCup standings and 101st in the Official World Golf Rankings. He averaged 306.5 yards in driving distance on Friday, with a driving accuracy percentage of 42.86 and was 52.78% in greens-in-regulation.  

Next up for Perez, a return to Memorial next week and some work with coach Joe Mayo, followed by the U.S. Open qualifier a week from Monday in Columbus.  

 

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