Friday , September 18, 2015

Perez : Even Par 71 At BMW On Friday

Pat Perez took the long way to even on Friday at Conway Farms but ended the afternoon on a good note with back-to-back birdies, leaving him one-over after two at the BMW Championship.

Perez is currently T56 and in need of two big weekend rounds in order to keep his FedExCup Playoff dreams alive. Currently 43rd in the rankings, Perez is projected to drop to 48th after two rounds of play. The Tour veteran is in need of a Top 10 the week to climb into the Top 30, earning him a trip to Atlanta for the TOUR Championship. 

Friday’s round at Conway Farms had Perez opening with a bogey on the par-four tenth—back-to-back shots out of the rough before pushing a five-footer for par. Four consecutive pars followed, with Perez’s best look at birdie a 17-footer on the par-five fourteenth.

The rough got Perez again on the par-four fifteenth—a hole he managed to eagle on Thursday—but resulting in the day’s second bogey on Friday.

From there Perez rolled in a 14-foot birdie putt on the par three-sixteenth, after a 282-yard tee shot to the right fairway. Back-to-back pars followed, going into the turn one-over but back to even after a birdie on No. 1.  

Perez hit his tee shot 238 yards to the right fairway and stuck a brilliant second shot 116 yards to the green, setting up the two-foot tap in for three. Two clean pars ensued before a few more troublesome holes.

A 14’7″ par putt ran long and wide on No. 4 and a 207-yard tee shot on the par-three sixth left Perez a 13-footer that didn’t break, putting him back at plus-two on the day. In between Perez rolled in a 6’5″ par putt on No. 5. 

Down after sixteen, Perez showed some fight late and closed strong, despite the ongoing adversity. 

After hitting his tee shot 270 yards to the left rough, his second shot 188 yards to the left fairway and his third shot 115 yards to the green, Perez rolled in a 17’5′” birdie putt on No. 8—and dropped a 15’10″ putt on the par-four ninth after a 273-yard tee shot to the right rough and a 132-yard second shot to the green. 

Perez averaged 281.3 yards driving distance, was 35.71-percent in driving accuracy, 55.56-percent in greens-in-regulation and 1.02 in strokes gained putting. 

Saturday’s tee time is set for 11:17 a.m. CT where Perez will go off of No. 10 again, paired with Troy Merritt and Shawn Stefani

 

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