Thursday , June 4, 2015

Pat Perez: Opening Round 68 At The Memorial

Pat Perez fired an opening round 68 at Muirfield Village on Thursday, putting him one stroke off the lead early on at the Memorial Tournament.

Perez, in one of the day’s first groups, got off to a fast start, gave a few strokes back mid-round, but closed strong, picking up where he left off regarding a recent T5th finish at the Colonial two weeks back. 

Starting on No. 10, Perez opened with three consecutive pars; staring down a 17-foot birdie opportunity on the par-five eleventh and a 10-footer on the par-three twelfth. Neither fell, but the next three did, putting Perez three-under after six. 

Perez knocked down a six-footer on the par-four thirteenth and almost eagled from 112 yards out on the par-four fourteenth, leaving a three footer for three. On the par-five fifteenth, a 274-yard tee shot was followed by a 229-yard shot to the right intermediate and an 81-foot third shot, setting up the two-foot tap-in for four. 

A little trouble on the closing holes followed as Perez couldn’t sink a seven-footer on the par-three sixteenth. On the par-four eighteenth, a 297-yard tee shot to the left rough was followed buy a 68-foot second shot to the left fairway and a 158-yard third shot to the right front green side bunker. Perez got up in four, rolling in a two-footer for bogey. 

One-under after nine, Perez carded four consecutive pars—his best look at birdie, a 19-footer on the par-three fourth that rolled long and wide by four feet. From there, Perez closed strong with three birdies over his final five holes. 

On the par-five fifth, a 297-yard tee shot to the left fairway was followed by a 193-yard second shot to the right rough and a 72-yard third shot, landing on the green and leaving a two-footer for four. 

After a par on sixth, another par-five opportunity capitalized upon with Perez rolling in a six-footer after sticking his third shot 138 yards to the green, after opening with a 269-yard tee shot to the fairway bunker and punching out a 171-footer to the left fairway. 

Perez parred No. 8 but ended the day in style, picking up one final birdie on the par-four ninth—hitting his tee shot 271 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 149 yards to the green and setting up a 21-incher for three. 

Perez averaged 271 yards driving distance on the day, was 78.57-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent in greens-in-regulation, 75-percent in scrambling and was -1.00 in strokes gained putting. 

As of 2:00 p.m. ET, There are currently four players at five-under and five other players at four-under with Perez, who is tied for fifth. 

Friday’s tee time is set for 12:21 p.m. local, where Perez will again be paired with Jeff Overton and Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, going off of No. 1 at Muirfield. 



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