Sunday , May 24, 2015

T5th Finish And 64 For Pat Perez At Colonial

It wasn’t enough to pull off the victory in Fort Worth, but Pat Perez came damn close, carding the second-best round of the day with a bogey-free 64 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and giving it a run down the stretch, putting together his second-best finish of the season.

Perez was on fire early, never let up, minimized mistakes and closed strong; six under on the day and finishing ten-under on the week—shaking off a rough early triple-bogey on Thursday that had him plus-one after five holes. 

Perez opened with a birdie on No. 1, hitting his tee shot 253 yards to the left fairway, following up with a 183-yard shot to the green and sinking a 21-footer for three.

Five consecutive pars followed—his best look at birdie, a 16-footer on the par-four third that ran long, leaving a 16″ tap-in.  

Perez picked up another stroke on the par-four seventh after hitting his tee shot 274 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 158 yards to the green and rolling in a six-footer, getting him to two-under on the day, where he stayed through the turn. 

On the back nine, back-to-back birdies set the tone and officially had Perez in the hunt. After hitting his tee shot 209 yards to the right fairway, he stuck his second shot 181 yards to the green, leaving a three-footer for three.

On the par-five eleventh, a 272-yard tee shot was followed up with a 193-yard second shot to the left fairway. Perez hit his third shot 128 yards to the right intermediate and chipped in for birdie from 19 feet out.

Four-under through eleven, Perez strung together four straight pars—with two potential birdie opps; a 19-footer on the par-three thirteenth and a 21-footer on the par-four fifteenth. 

From there, Perez closed strong with birdies on two of the day’s final three holes—dropping a 19-footer on the par-three sixteenth and a 21-footer on the par-four eighteenth, while coming close to rolling in a difference-making 27-footer on the par-four seventeenth, leaving a 16″ tap-in. 

Perez averaged 271.10 yards driving distance in the final round, was 75-percent in driving accuracy, hit 75-percent in greens-in-regulation, was 72.22-percent in scrambling and -0.02 in strokes gained putting. 

Next up for Perez, an off week at home in Scottsdale to regroup after three-in-a-row, before getting back to action at the Memorial, followed by a 36-hole Monday qualifier for the upcoming U.S. Open.

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