Monday , June 29, 2015

Perez Gearing Up For The Greenbrier Classic

Pat Perez is headed to White Sulphur Springs for another crack at The Greenbrier Classic. Perez has been off since the Memorial—taking off Memphis, not qualifying for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and sitting out this past weekend’s Travelers Championship.

Perez enters this week 59th in the current FedExCup standings and will look to go low over the next two events, working to play his way into The Open Championship at St. Andrews mid-July. Up to four berths are in play this week for top players among the top 12 finishers not already qualified, with only one spot available for next week’s John Deere Classic

The Greenbrier Classic has been in existence since 2010, with Perez playing it every year except 2011. His lowest score to date came year one, where a 64-69-69-64 run had him fourteen-under and was good enough for T9th. There was also a T6th finish in 2013, T27th in 2012 and T75th last year. 

The Old White TPC is a par 70 measuring 7,287 yards and The Greenbrier’s first 18-hole golf course opened back in 1914, named for The Old White Hotel on property until 1922.

Charles Blair Macdonald went for wide fairways and undulating greens, while several holes were modeled after those in the course architect’s native Scotland—No. 8 offering a sloped “redan” green much like North Berwick’s 15th. Meanwhile, No. 13 draws upon Prestwick’s “Alps” and the 15th imitates “Eden” at St. Andrews.

The Greenbrier Classic has been a come-from-behind event over the past half decade, with no 54-hole leader ever closing out on Sunday. Three of the event’s five winners have rallied from at least four strokes back.  

Perez is riding a seven-cut streak into this week’s event and prior to a T57th finish at the Memorial early June, had five Top 20 finishes in six events; including T5th at Colonial and T11th at the Shell Houston Open. 

Opening round tee times for The Greenbrier Classic will be announced shortly.  

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