Friday , August 28, 2015

Pat Perez: 68-69 After Two At The Barclays

Pat Perez was even at the turn, picked up a few on the back nine, survived a rough shot and closed with a birdie on one of the day’s hardest holes en route to a second round 69 at The Barclays.

Perez is currently T15 and four strokes off the lead as day two comes to a close and with eight birdies over a 36-hole span, appears to have a pretty good command on Plainfield Country Club entering the weekend. 

Perez teed off No. 1 at 12:22 p.m. ET on Friday, where he opened with a par before picking up a birdie on the par-four second. After hitting his tee shot 311 yards to the left rough, Perez stuck his 141-yard second shot to within three feet and tapped in, quickly getting to one under. 

Much like Thursday’s opening round, Perez strung together a slew of pars before a bogey on the par-four ninth; missing an eight footer for four and getting back to even at the turn. Over the six prior holes, Perez’s best look at birdie was 15’7″ on the par-four fifth. 

Perez went par-par out the gate on the back nine but was back to one-under after a birdie on the par-five twelfth. Perez hit his tee shot 310 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 208 yards right and his third shot 56 yards to the green, setting up a seven-footer for four. 

Back-to-back pars followed before the day’s third birdie; coming on the par-four fifteenth.

Again Perez had a 300-plus yard drive, followed by 51-yard shot to the green, setting up the ten-footer which he drained, getting to two-under.

After making par on No. 16, an errant tee shot out of bounds sent Perez back to the tee box. From there, a 239-yard third shot to the right fairway, a 164-second shot to the green and a twenty-footer for bogey that rolled 18-inches long and wide—setting up a short putt for double bogey. 

As has happened often this year, Perez responded—birdying the par-four eighteenth.

Perez hit his tee shot 286 yards to the front left green side bunker and his second shot 71 feet to the green, setting up a 13-foot birdie opportunity which he capitalized on—getting him back to one-under on the day and three-under on the event.

Perez averaged 297 yards driving distance, was 57.14 in driving accuracy percentage, hit 80.56-percent greens-in-regulation and was 1.333 in strokes gained putting.

Saturday’s tee times will be announced shortly with weekend TV golf coverage going from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Sunday’s coverage will take place 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and from 2:00 – 6:0 p.m. ET on CBS. 

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