Friday , June 5, 2015

Pat Perez: Second Round 70 At The Memorial

Pat Perez had a few rough holes early, rebounded in style, gave one back midway through and closed strong as the wind started picking up late at Muirfield Village, finishing with a second round 70 at the Memorial Tournament on Friday.

Perez started on No. 1 and opened with a par before a bogey-birdie-bogey run had him plus-one after four. Back-to-back shots into the left rough were the culprit on the par-four second, setting up a 35-footer for par that ran short. 

On the par-three fourth, a 14-footer for birdie had Perez back to even but a seven-footer ran wide on the par-three fourth. From there, two consecutive birdies got him to under par on the day. 

Perez took advantage of the par-five fifth by way of a 272-yard tee shot, a 263-yard second shot to the green and a 30-foot putt that ran wide, setting up a 16-incher for four. On the par-four sixth, a 266-yard tee shot to the right intermediate was followed up by a 171-yard second shot to the green, leaving an eight-footer for birdie.

Three consecutive pars followed, with Perez misreading the break on a five foot birdie putt, leaving a three-footer for par.

Perez’s final bogey of the day occurred on the par-four tenth, where his second shot out of the right rough set up a 15-foot par putt that rolled long, leaving two-foot bogey tap-in. 

From there Perez played the day’s final eight holes two-under, carding birdies on the par-four thirteenth and the par-five fifteenth. Perez rolled in an 11-footer for three on thirteen, while a 57-foot eagle putt came up two feet short on fifteen, setting up a very makable four.

A birdie opportunities were missed down the stretch; an eight-foot attempt on the par-four fourteenth. Outside of that, the best looks Perez had were a 16-footer on the par-four seventeenth and 20-footer on the par-four eighteenth. 

Perez averaged 278 yards driving distance on Friday, was 71.43-percent in driving accuracy, was 75-percent in greens-in-regulation, 55.56-percent in scrambling and -0.70 in strokes gained putting.

As Friday afternoon action wraps at Muirfield Village, Perez is currently ranked T16th and six strokes off the lead—with lots of logjam as fourteen players are hovering between seven- and eleven-under. 

Saturday’s tee time is set for 12:05 p.m. ET, where Perez will be paired with Chris Stroud.  

IN OTHER NEWS: On the media front, Friday was a busy day for Perez as two major news outlets ran stories on the PGA Tour veteran.

New York Times columnist Karen Crouse spent some time with Perez at Muirfield Village this week and penned a story that ran in Friday’s sports section (page B16) as well as online, while John Resig—cofounder of theCHIVE.comgave Perez another shoutout in his beloved D.A.R. (Daily Afternoon Randomness) late in the day; citing the Times piece as well as his budding friendship with Perez. 

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