Monday , August 31, 2015

Perez: T20th At Barclays; Jumps To 46th In FedEx

Pat Perez put together a spirited back nine on Sunday at The Barclays, going three-under after the turn, en route to a final round 69 and eventual T20 finish in the first FedExCup Playoffs event of the season.

Perez jumped from 54th to 46th in the newly-released FedExCup standings and is Boston-bound for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship; kicking off Friday and running through Labor Day.

For Perez, it was the perfect recipe for week one as there had been some rocky finishes at The Barclays over the years—putting more pressure on the Tour veteran at TPC Boston, where there has been some setbacks at the DBC, as well. 

Perez has only advanced to the BMW Championship twice since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007 and only once in the past six tries—most-recently in 2012, which was the last time he also made three consecutive cuts in FedExCup events.

In eight tries Perez is yet to make the TOUR Championship in Atlanta; an obvious goal as the 2015 season winds down.

Perez’s Sunday finish at Plainfield Country Club got off to a similar start as Saturday’s round; with an opening-hole bogey. Unlike round three, Perez quickly got back to even with a birdie on the par-three third; knocking down an 11-footer after a 187-yard tee shot to the green. 

Perez kept the scorecard clean with five consecutive pars—his best look at birdie, a 9’7″ attempt on the par-three sixth—before a double bogey on the par-four ninth. Perez found the right rough on his second shot, was on the green in four and couldn’t knock down the eight-footer for bogey, eventually taking in from 11″ for a six. 

From there, smooth sailing for Perez on the back nine; where he went three-under and wrapped one-under par. Perez birdied the par-five twelfth—hitting his tee shot 326 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 237 yards to the green and rolling in a six-footer for four. 

On the par-four fifteenth, Perez’s second shot was a 72-yarder to the green, setting up a 4’3″ short birdie putt and on the par-five sixteenth, a 303-yard tee shot to the left rough and 271-yard second shot to the right fairway were followed by a brilliant 29-foot shot to the green, with Perez almost holing out for eagle. Instead, a half-foot tap-in for four. 

Perez had an eight-foot birdie attempt on the par-four tenth that rolled long and wide, but made up for with a a great save on the par-four thirteenth; knocking down an 11-footer to avoid giving back a stroke. 

One last look at birdie came on the par-four eighteenth, but Perez couldn’t roll in the 14-footer, settling for the 2’4″ par putt. 

Perez averaged 308 yards driving distance, was 68.06-percent in greens-in-regulation, 58.93-percent in driving accuracy and 1.137 in strokes gained putting. 

Tee times for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship have been announced, with Perez getting the early/late draw—going off No. 1 at 8:54 a.m ET on Friday and No. 10 at 1:04 p.m. ET on Saturday. He is paired with Gary Woodland and Zac Blair both days. 

More from TPC Boston as the week progresses. 


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