Wednesday , September 16, 2015

Perez Gearing Up For BMW Championship

Pat Perez has advanced to the third round of the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs at this week’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms. Perez is 46th in the current standings, where the Top 70 are eligible and in the field.

Perez is coming off a T29 finish at the recent Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Prior to that, a T20 finish at The Barclays in Edison, New Jersey. 

Tee times for the BWM Championship have been announced, with Perez going off No. 1 at 11:20 a.m. CT on Thursday and No. 10 at 12:26 p.m. CT on Friday, where he’ll be paired with Scott Piercy and Shawn Stefani both days. Weekend tee times will be announced accordingly, but with only seventy in the field, there is no cut line this week. recent broke down the FedExCup scenarios and what players need to do this week to climb in the rankings.

With a win, Perez would leap to sixth entering the TOUR Championship, while a Top Ten finish looks necessary if Perez is going to crack the Top 30 and punch his ticket to Atlanta, keeping his Playoffs run alive. 

This marks Perez’s third BMW Championship since the inception of the FedExCup Playoffs in 2007. His best finish was T45 at Crooked Stick in 2012, where he opened with a 66-70 but a Saturday round of 77 set him back. He closed with a 72 on Sunday. 

In 2009, a T49 finish at Cog Hill—home of the long-running Western Open, where the BMW was held four of its first five years as a FedExCup event.  

Dating back to the Western Open era at Cog Hill, Perez played the event five times in his career—missing the cut as a rookie in 2002, but finishing T5 (2005), T11 (2004), T65 (2006) and 69 (2003) in his other four tries.

The BMW’s last trek to Conway Farms came in 2013, but Perez didn’t advance past the first two rounds of the Playoffs. Perez’s last trek to this year’s location came as a Sun Devil, when helping lead his 1996 squad at Arizona State to a golf national championship—it’s second in the program’s history. columnist Brian Wacker dove into the topic on Wednesday in a piece for the site

Perez shared his take on the story weeks back when guesting on theCHIVE’s podcast with hosts John Resig and Bob Phillipp—right down to the nitty-gritty and finding out he’d gotten booted from the squad days after as ASU’s then-head coach had a new crop of impressionable freshmen heading to Tempe. 

Perez shared a lengthy, heartfelt story about being asked to leave—but even more so, given no chance to succeed on the PGA Tour. His harshest critics at the time predicted a career in “sanitation engineering”, which Perez used to fuel his fire—earning medalist honors at Q-school five years later. 

This time around, Conway Farms represents something even bigger than a team championship for Perez; the opportunity for a full-fledged breakout. The FedExCup Playoffs have the ability to elevate players to another dimension by way if its points system and high stakes over these final four events of the season. 

Regarding Conway Farms Golf Club, the par 71 measures 7,198 yards and is “carved out of farmland in Chicago’s North Shore outskirts”, according to this week’s Tour release. This is the second time the Tom Fazio-designed course is hosting a FedExCup event.

Conway Farms opened in 1991 and first gained prominence on the amateur stage—the aforementioned 1997 NCAA Division-I Championships where Perez helped lead Arizona State to it’s last national championship—and then hosted the 1998 U.S. Junior Amateur a year later. 

From there, the 2009 Western Amateur and 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur followed. The PGA Tour’s first event at Conway was the 2013 BMW Championship—highlighted by a second round 59 by Jim Furyk

GolfChannel will again have Thursday and Friday coverage from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET and weekend coverage from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET (Saturday) and 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET (Sunday).

NBC will host the major weekend coverage from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. 


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