Thursday , September 17, 2015

Opening Round 72 For Pat Perez At BMW

Pat Perez survived a rough front nine, was three-over at the turn, holed out for eagle and went bogey-par-birdie down the stretch at Conway Farms for an opening round 72 at the BMW Championship.

Perez opened on the front nine and knocked down three consecutive pars before finding some trouble. On the par-four fourth, a tee shot to the right rough and second shot to the left intermediate had Perez 190 yards from the hole, where he hit his third shot 170 yards to the left fairway, setting up a 60-foot par putt that ran three feet short. 

On the par-four fifth, Perez’s 245-yard tee shot found the tree outline, where he took a penalty stroke, played his third short 282 yards to the right fairway and fourth shot 173 yards to the right rough. Perez got on the green in five and rolled in a necessary 12’5″ putt for double bogey. 

Despite the early adversity, Perez settled in and knocked down nine consecutive pars at Conway Farms, biding his time. Perez’s best look at birdie over the stretch came on the par-four seventh. Outside of that, he didn’t get any closer than 15’5″ (on the par-four ninth.)

Perez’s hang-in-there ability paid off and his fortune turned on the par-four fifteenth, where he holed out for eagle from 61 feet out. Perez hit his tee shot 314 feet to the front right green side bunker, got on the green and rolled it right at the flagstick, getting him back to plus-one on the day. 

Perez gave one back on the par-four sixteenth after hitting his tee shot 312 yards to the right intermediate, his second shot 140 yards, also to the right intermediate, and his this shot 39 feet to the green, setting up the 15-foot par putt that rolled half a foot short. 

After knocking down a four-footer for par on No. 17, Perez crushed his tee shot 346 yards to the right fairway on the par-five eighteenth. A 235-yard second shot to the right rough and 30-foot shot to the green left Perez a 3’8″ birdie putt, which he rolled in for four. 

Perez averaged 286.5 yards driving distance, was 21.43-percent in driving accuracy, hit 44.44-percent greens in regulation and was 0.786 in strokes gained putting. 

Friday’s second round tee time is set for 12:26 p.m. CT off of No. 10, where Perez will again be paired with Scott Piercy and Shawn Stefani.�

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