Monday , November 2, 2015

Perez Finishes 63rd At CIMB Classic In Malaysia

PGA Tour player Pat Perez made the lengthy trek to Malaysia for this year’s CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur and is head back to the States with a 63rd-place finish. Perez was coming off of back-to-back missed cuts in Napa and Las Vegas. 

Perez is off this week, but will return to action next week for his final event of the fall series—the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.  

Perez got off to a solid start last Thursday at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club—opening with three consecutive pars before birdying five of the next seven holes. Five-under through thirteen, Perez carded back-to-back bogeys on No. 14 and No. 15, followed by a double of No. 17—dropping him to one-under.

The rough finish didn’t carry over to Friday, as Perez again hit the ground running—birdying three of his first six. Perez picked up two more after the turn, with back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and No. 4. Again at five under with a few holes remaining, Perez struggled to close—bogeying the par-five fifth and par-four ninth—leaving him four-under entering the weekend.

Saturday’s round brought the opposite; a rough start with Perez two-over at the turn—carding bogeys on No. 12 and No. 18. Another bogey on No. 1 had Perez three-over with eight remaining, but birdies on the par-five third, par-five fifth and par-four sixth got him back to even on the day. 

Sunday’s final round proved to be a mixed bag all around. After a birdie-par-bogey start, Perez parred four consecutive holes before a birdie on the par-four seventeenth. One-under at the turn, Perez experienced his second double bogey of the week—this time on the par-four second.

Perez immediately bounced back with three consecutive birdies, getting him back to two-under on the day and six-under on the event—but more late struggles as he carded back-to-back bogeys on No. 8 and No. 9 for a second consecutive weekend round of 72.  

A lack of ShotTracker at the CIMB Classic prevented a deeper dive into the stats and hole-by-hole breakdown, but Perez did wrap the event 60.71-percent in driving accuracy percentage (T53), 68.06-percent in greens-in-regulation (T59) and 1.735 in putts per greens-in-regulation (37). 

Perez will return to Scottsdale from Malaysia on Monday, will spend the week practicing at TPC Scottsdale and will leave for Playa del Carmen this coming weekend. 

Perez finished last year’s OHL Classic T69 after opening with a Thursday round of 66, going 73-72-73 over the event’s final three days.

 

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