Saturday , August 29, 2015

Perez: 68-69-70 After Three At The Barclays

Pat Perez and Plainfield Country Club were in a dogfight on Saturday in the third round of The Barclays, ending in a draw. Perez picked up a late birdie on No. 16 getting him back to even on the day—keeping him at three-under entering Sunday’s final round in Edison, New Jersey.

Perez opened the day with a bogey on No. 1 and carded three consecutive pars before bogeying the par-four fifth, putting him at plus-two seemingly out the gate.

After a 143-yard tee shot on the par-four sixth, Perez knocked down the nine footer for birdie, getting back to one-under on the day.

Perez also knocked down a similar putt of equal distance for par on No. 2 and a seven-footer on the par-four fourth—keeping himself from unraveling; which was the case for playing partner Patrick Reed, who was plus-three after five and plus-six at the turn, en route to a third round 75. 

A ten-footer didn’t fall on the par-four seventh, setting up the two-foot bogey putt, but Perez responded with his second bounce-back birdie of the day on the par-four eighth.

After hitting his tee shot 284 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 177 yards to the green, Perez cooly rolled in a 15’7″ putt that got him back to plus-one on the day after the rocky start.

Perez made par on No. 10 and No. 11 before making birdie on the par-five twelfth. After hitting his tee shot 338 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 226 yards to the green, Perez came up nine inches shy of rolling in a 67 footer for eagle. Instead he settled for the tap-in birdie an getting back to even.

A six-footer rolled long on the par-four fourteenth after a 193-yard tee shot to the green, leaving a 2’7″ putt for bogey and after making par on No. 15, Perez carded his final birdie of the day on the par-five sixteenth.

Perez hit his tee shot 309 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 239 yards to the right rough and his third shot 27 yards to the green—leaving a three-footer which he rolled in, getting back to even for the third time on the day.

Perez had one final birdie opportunity on Saturday, staring down a six-footer on the par-four eighteenth, but his putt ran long and set up a 2’6″ comeback.

Perez averaged 323 yards driving distance, was 64.29-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation, 62.50-percent scrambling and 0.77 in strokes gained putting.

As of 4:30 p.m. ET Perez is T25 and seven strokes off the lead. According to the projected FedExCup standings, Perez is set to jump from 54th to 45th for next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, barring a successful Sunday at Plainfield. 


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