Sunday , January 26, 2014

Perez Finishes T2nd At Farmers Insurance Open

Pat Perez earned a hard-fought T2nd finish on Sunday at this year’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. Perez has oft referred to the event as a fifth major and he chased down a victory as if that were the case.

Two off the lead when the day began, Perez bogeyed the par-four number two, but responded with clutch birdies on the par-four fourth, par-five sixth and par-five ninth. Two under for the day at the turn, Perez bogeyed the par-three eleventh but got it back with a birdie on the par-five thirteenth.

Sixteen and seventeen proved to be the day’s most-pivotal holes for Perez and proving to be difference-makers in an even where one stroke separated the eventual winner from a handful of contenders tied for second.

Perez’s tee shot on the par-three sixteenth ended up in the rough. After chipping onto the green, Perez was left with an 11’4″ birdie putt which came up two inches short. On seventeen, a monster 310-yard drive had Perez in position to make something happen, but a 10’7″ birdie putt on his third shot missed, leaving Perez with a shot at par.

With the leader in the clubhouse at nine-under, Perez needed an eagle to force a playoff, but with his tee shot 244 yards from the green, the San Diego native was forced to lay up.

“I knew I had to make three, but I couldn’t make three from my number,” Perez said, regarding his decision. “I’m either going to hit it in the water with a rescue (club). I’m going to hit 3-wood over the green. It wasn’t going to be an easy three, let’s put it that way.”

Perez went on to birdie eighteen, bringing him to eight-under on the event and put him in a five-way tie for second place. The finish marked the second top 10 of the season for Perez and moved him from 57th to 26th in money leaders and from 55th to 27th in FedExCup points three tournaments in.

Next up, the Waste Management Open at home in Phoenix. Tune in all week for the latest from TPC Scottsdale.

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