Thursday , November 13, 2014

Perez Cards Opening Round 66 At Mayakoba

Grinding away on the range earlier this week, Pat Perez admitted it was the best he’d been hitting the ball since five years back when winning the Bob Hope Classic.

Today, that revelation proved correct as Perez topped the leaderboard at times and wrapped the day with an opening round 66 at El Camaleon for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Perez’s turnaround began a few weeks back in Las Vegas when he started working Drew Steckel, with the end goal of getting back to his vintage swing and hitting nice, tight draws again—which he and Steckel have spent the past month working towards. 

One errant shot and a double bogey on Thursday at the Shriners Hospital For Children Open proved the difference-maker regarding the cut, but Perez left Vegas a winner, feeling back on track and comfortable with his swing for the first time in months. 

Perez continued to dial-in the changes two weeks back in Malaysia, where he finished T33rd at the CIMB Classic—highlighted by a final five holes on Sunday that included two eagles and a birdie, with things continuing to trend upwards after one round in Cancun. 

Perez opened with back-to-back pars, before going birdie-par-birdie. Five consecutive pars followed, putting him two under after ten. From there, Perez caught fire, knocking down four straight birdies and getting to six-under on the day. 

The day’s lone blemish came on the par-three fifteen, where Perez bogeyed, but back-to-back-to-back pars closed out the opening round 66 and have him in position for a Friday run and currently one stroke off the lead. 

Perez’s second round at Mayakoba gets underway at 10:45 a.m. local and he’ll again be paired with Freddie Jacobson and Nicholas Thompson

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