Tuesday , November 11, 2014

Pat Perez Getting On Track For Mayakoba

Pat Perez is back in action this week, gearing up for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Perez spent today on the range at El Camaleon in Playa del Carmen, working on his swing and working to get back to his play on the final holes at the recent CIMB Classic at Kuala Lampur in Mayalsia. 

For those who missed the action due to a half day-plus time change, Perez finished five-under on the event and T33rd—saving the best for last.

After opening 72-73 on Thursday and Friday, Perez carded a third round 69—getting to five-under on the day, birdying four of five holes between 17 and 3. A weather delay killed some momentum and Perez bogeyed back-to-back holes down the stretch, finishing the day three-under.

On Sunday, another round where Perez was firing at pins, trusting his swing and making some shots—none better than a hole-out from 150 yards away for eagle.

Perez picked up three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine, leaving him one-under at the turn. From there, par-par-bogey-bogey turned a good round south very quickly—plus-one with five to play.

Perez then eagled the par-five fifth, bogeyed six, holed out for two on the par-four seventh, birdied eight and parred nine for a final round 69.

While Perez will be the first to admit there were too many bogeys at Kuala Lampur (13 on the week), there were equally as many good shots, convincing the 14-year veteran that he’s back on the right track.

Perez 14 birdies and two eagles were a step in the right direction, as was his overall ball-striking and consistency. 

Perez has only played Mayakoba twice in its seven-year existence; it’s inaugural event in 2007 (where he wrapped T13th) and last season, when it became a full-fledged fall event and he finished T16th. 

Perez will tee it up this Thursday at 6:15 a.m. local time on No. 1 and is paired with Freddie Jacobson and Nicholas Thompson. Friday’s round is set to go off No. 10 at 10:45 a.m. local.  

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