Wednesday , October 14, 2015

Pat Perez Back In Action For Open

The PGA Tour fall series is underway and Pat Perez is back in action at this week’s Open.

Perez made it through the BMW Championship and finished 45th overall in the FedExCup Playoffs before an off-week and trek across the pond for a European Tour event; The Dunhill. Perez arrived in Napa fresh off of a three-day stint at his home in Payson, where he practiced through the weekend at his home course, The Rim.

This year’s Open is the second taking place at at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. Prior to that it spent four seasons in San Martin at CordeValle. The event began in 2007 in Perez’s backyard—literally—taking place at the Grayhawk Raptor course where Perez has resided since 2003.

Perez missed the cut at Silverado last fall, shooting 77-73 after a rough run at in the FedExCup Playoffs. A week later, a missed cut in Vegas prompted a coaching change, where Perez began working with swing coach Drew Steckel.

His history at CordeValle had finishes of T38 (2010), T58 (2013) and a missed cut in 2011. He skipped the event in 2012. While at Grayhawk, Perez obviously thrived, going T6 (2007), T7 (2008) and T13 (2009) those three years in Scottsdale.

Perez is playing Wednesday’s official pro-am, where he’ll go off of No. 10 at 12:10 p.m. PT and will be paired with Eddie Hendersone, Dave King and Chris Powell

Tee times have also been announced for this week’s event, with Perez getting the late/early draw. Thursday’s tee time is 1:30 p.m. PT, where Perez will go off of No. 10. On Friday, an 8:40 a.m. PT go-time off of No. 1. He’ll be paired with Kevin Chappell and Daniel Summerhays both days. 

Silverado Resort and Spa (North) is a par 72 measuring 7,203 yards. Once the estate of a Civil War general, the property was converted into a resort in the 1960 and Robert Trent Jones Jr. signed onto build two 18-hole courses.

The PGA Tour’s first event took place in 1968 with the Kaiser International, which lasted 13 years. Silverado went on to be part of the Champions Tour schedule, hosting The Transamerica from 1989 through 2002. The courses were overhauled in 2010. 

This year’s field is deeper than in the past, with many players looking to get a leg up on the competition. Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose signed on, as did younger players like Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama.

Tiger Woods was originally set to get his season underway in Napa, but another back injury sidelined him for an indefinite period. 


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