Thursday , October 15, 2015

Opening Round 70 For Perez At Open

Pat Perez went late on Thursday at Silverado and wrapped with an opening round 70 just before the horn blew on Thursday evening at the Open.

Perez opened on No. 10 and strung together seven consecutive pars before the day’s first birdie on the par-four seventeenth. Over that stretch, Perez’s best look at birdie came on the par-four twelfth, where a 12’4″ putt rolled long, leaving a three-footer for par. 

Perez hit his tee shot 254 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 109 yards on No 17, setting up a five-footer for birdie. A seventeen-footer came up a foot short on the par-five eighteenth, leaving Perez one-under going into the turn. 

A 313-yard tee shot and 132-yard second shot to the green left Perez a 6’8″ birdie putt on No. 1, which he rolled in getting to two-under after ten. From there, back-to-back pars—including a 13’6″ putt on the par-three second to avoid giving one back.

Through eleven holes Perez had hit 100-percent greens-in-regulation. 

The day’s long bogey occurred on the par-four fourth, where Perez’s second shot found the right rough and his third going 51 feet to the green, setting up the 15’7″ par putt that came up an inch short for what would’ve been a brilliant save.

Perez parred No. 5—a par-five—but bounced back with a birdie after hitting his tee shot 315 yards to the right rough and his second shot 122 yards to the green, leaving a half-footer for three. 

Three consecutive pars closed out the round, with Perez’s best look at birdie a seven-footer on the par-four eight that rolled two feet long. On the par-five ninth, another second shot that found the right rough—leaving Perez a 44-footer for birdie, where he eventually rolled in the 17″ par putt. 

Perez averaged 298 yards driving distance, was 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, hit 88.89-percent greens-in-regulation, 50-percent scrambling and -0.56 stroked gained putting. 

Friday’s tee time was originally set for 8:45 a.m. PT, but with round one suspended due to darkness and set to resume at 8:40 a.m. PT, Perez’s tee time will be pushed back. He will go off of No. 1, again paired with Kevin Chappell and Daniel Summerhays


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