Tuesday , August 11, 2015

Pat Perez Gearing Up For PGA Championship

Pat Perez is in Sheboygan, Wisconsin getting ready for the year’s final major and his 23rd event of the season. This year’s PGA Championship is set to get underway at Whistling Straits, with Perez getting in back-to-back practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, with a final crack on Wednesday before showtime. 

Tee times have been set, with Perez getting the earliest slot on Thursday—going off of No. 10 at 6:45 a.m. and Friday’s start set for 12:00 p.m. off of No. 1. Perez will be paired with David Hearn and Brian Gaffney both days. 

Perez’s only history at Whistling Straits came in 2010 when he was second alternate, behind first alternate and Charley Hoffman. The two native San Diegans made headlines that week as they were made to wait on the No. 10 tee box all day, opposed to the practice facilities, per PGA rules. 

Perez mused that he and Hoffman were, “waiting for nothing” and felt it as an all or nothing proposition for the former high school rivals.”It’s either zero or two. It won’t be just one, you can bet on that,” Perez said; proving correct as neither eked in.

This time around Perez will get in 54 holes at the Pete Dye-designed track before things get real on Thursday. 

Whistling Straits is a 7,514-yard par 72 that was once an anti-aircraft training base and stretch of waste dumps along the shores of Lake Michigan—now set to host its third PGA Championship since 1998. According to PGATour.com’s breakdown of the course:

“Dye set about to bring the links-style look of Scotland and Ireland to America’s heartland, moving more than a million cubic tons of earth to create open, windswept terrain framed by wispy fescue and more than 1,000 bunkers. The PGA of America quickly became smitten, arriving for the first time in 2004 and again just six years later. After this edition, Whistling Straits will prepare to stage the 2020 Ryder Cup.”

Coverage of the 97th PGA Championship will take place on TNT from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, as well as 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the weekend.

Late weekend coverage will shift to CBS from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. 


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