Saturday , January 25, 2014

Hard Fought 72 Has Perez In Hunt At Torrey

Not a lot of “moving” on Saturday at Torrey Pines in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open, but staying put was Saturday’s version of going low.

Pat Perez fired an even-par 72 on a South Course under conditions comparable to the U.S. Open held in San Diego back in 2008. Torrey Pines chewed up some of the game’s best on Saturday.

Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink each shot 79, while Jordan Spieth and Nicolas Colsaerts—who took turns atop the leaderboard—both shot 75.

Perez opened with back-to-back pars, but found trouble on the par-three third, carding his first bogey of the day. He got one back with a birdie on the par-five sixth, but a bogey on nine had Perez back to even at the turn.

Three straight pars kept Perez one-over, but a bogey on the par-five thirteenth had him two-up on the day and down to four under for the first time since a bogey on fourteen on Friday.

Like he did the past two days, Perez found a way to close strong. Thursday’s round had three straight birdies over the final five holes, while back-to-back birdies closed out round two on the North Course.

On Saturday, a seven-foot birdie on the par-four fifteenth, followed by another on eighteen—set up by a great sand shot, leaving Perez a one-and-a-half footer to get it back to even on the day.

Perez remains six-under on the event and enters the final round T4th and two off the lead. Sunday’s tee time is 10:15 a.m. PT, going off No. 1 and paired with Morgan Hoffmann and Rory Sabbatini.

Follow the live leaderboard, PP’s scorecard and ShotTracker all day from Torrey Pines and let’s see if Double P can bring home his second career victory.

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