Sunday , February 22, 2015

Final Round 75; Perez Finishes T41st At Riviera


The west coast swing has come to an end and Pat Perez closed out with a T41st finish at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on Sunday afternoon.

Perez—one of few Tour pros who competed in all six events—has now made eight consecutive cuts (dating back to last November), proving that he and new swing coach Drew Steckel are getting thing back on track after Perez’s rough mid-to-second half of the 2014 season. 

Perez got off to a solid start in the Pacific Palisades last week, opening with a 69—fueled by four birdies, with the lone setback a double on the par-four tenth.

Another solid start on Friday, two-under at the turn, but a bogey-double bogey start on No. 1 put Perez plus one, though he got back to even after a chip-in birdie on the par-four third. Four consecutive pars followed, before a bogey-bogey finish en route to a 73.

A similar story on Saturday regarding a rough finish after a promising start. Perez was the picture of consistency, fighting for pars and picking up occasional birdies (No. 5, No. 9 and No. 11), sitting at three-under with two to play and again bogeying No. 17 and No. 18 for a third round 70.

One-under entering Sunday’s final round, Perez got off to a solid start with birdies on No. 1 and No. 2, but played the final sixteen holes six-over for a final round 75. Perez bogeyed No. 5, No. 11, No. 12 and No. 16 and carded a double bogey on the par-three sixth. 

Perez’s driving accuracy percentage on Sunday was 286.6 and he was 55.56% in greens in regulation. Perez also slipped from 44th to 46th in the latest FedExCup standings and he’ll have more ground to gain after a three-week layoff. 

After playing six-in-a-row, Perez announced via Twitter on Sunday night that he’ll take a few weeks off to rest up, regroup and take a delayed honeymoon, having gotten hitched over the New Year and a week before heading to Honolulu for the Sony Open. 

Perez will be back in action for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the week of March 16th and plans to participate in the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open, with an obvious goal of playing his way into The Masters early April. 

During the layoff, continue to follow PP on Twitter, via Instagram and his official Facebook page. Any questions? Email us here.  


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