Sunday , February 16, 2014

Perez Struggles Over Weekend At Riviera

After six straight weeks and having played the entire west coast swing, Pat Perez ran out of steam this past weekend at Riviera. Perez opened 69-72 on Thursday and Friday, but took a step back with a Saturday round of 73 and followed up with a 78 on Sunday.

Saturday started out on fire as Perez opened with an eagle on the par-four tenth and followed it up with back-to-back birdies. Five under on the tourney and climbing the leaderboard, Perez had a setback with a double bogey on the par-three fourteenth, but responded with a birdie, getting back to three-under on the day.

From there, a rough four-hole stretch where Perez bogeyed seventeen, eighteen and two, getting back to even on the day. One final setback came with another double bogey on the par-four eighth, finishing the day two over.

On Sunday, the tenth that got things off to a solid roll the previous morning, quickly wound up a seven, leaving Perez three over on the day one hole in. Perez birdied thirteen and sixteen, but a double on fifteen and a bogey on eighteen left him four over at the turn.

Disaster struck again on the par-four third with a second triple-bogey of the day. From there, a bogey on four, three straight pars and a birdie-par finish for a final round 78.

With a half dozen events in the books since early January, Perez is shutting it down for the next few weeks—not in either World Golf Championship event. Next on the docket, a return to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the week of March 17th.

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