Monday , September 21, 2015

Final Round 66 For Perez At Conway Farms

Pat Perez got off to a blazing start Sunday at Conway Farms in the final round of the BMW Championship. Seven-under through ten, Perez wrapped with a 66 and a T45 finish in what will be his final FedExCup Playoffs event of the year.

Perez needed to card a Top Ten last week to advance to this week’s TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Instead he’s fifteen spots out of the Top 30 and dropped to 45th in the latest standings. 

One-over through three rounds—going 72-71-71—Perez hit the ground running on day four, birdying four of his first five holes. Perez dropped an 11’6″ putt on No. 1 to get things rolling and hit his tee shot 179 yard to the green on the par-three second, setting up the 4’7″ birdie putt. 

Perez drained a 6’3″ putt on the par-four third, hitting his tee shot 258 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 142 yards to the green. He cooled off momentarily on the par-four fourth, leaving a 20-footer for birdie a foot short, but picked up another stroke with a birdie on the par-four fifth. 

Perez hit his tee shot 275 yards to the right fairway and his second shot 178 yards to the green before eventually sinking a brilliant 48-footer. Back-to-back pars ensued, but Perez closed the front nine strong with two consecutive birdies, followed by another on No. 10.

On the par-five eighth Perez hit his tee shot 274 yards to the right fairway, his second shot 206 yards to the right fairway and his third 113 yards to the green, setting up the 10’5″ putt, which he rolled in. On the par-four ninth, an eight-footer dropped after a 264-yard tee shot to the right fairway and 140-yard second shot to the green. 

The day’s final birdie came on the par-four tenth, where Perez hit his tee shot 282 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 165 yards to the green rolled in a 33-footer, getting him to seven under. 

Bogeys came on the par-four twelfth and par-four fifteenth, with Perez parring the other six holes on the back nine—his best look at birdie, a nine-footer on the par-three eleventh that ran two feet long and wide. 

Perez averaged 297.4 yards driving distance, was 48.21-percent in driving accuracy, hit 62.50-percent greens-in-regulation and was 1.292 in stokes gained putting.

Perez’s FedExCup Playoffs run saw him going three rounds deep for only the third time since the event started after the 2007 regular season. Perez went T20 (The Barclays), T29 (Deutsche Bank Championship) and T45 (BMW Championship)—the $177K-plus in earnings pushing him just under the $1.6M on the season over 26 events. Perez played 25 events in 2014 and earned just over $1.3M. 

Next up for Perez, some down time in Scottsdale and then a mid-October trek to Napa for the Frys.com Open at Silverado as the 2015 fall season gets underway.

Perez generally plays Napa, Las Vegas, Malaysia and Mayakoba in the fall and then returns for all six west coast events after the first of the year—Honolulu, Palm Desert, San Diego, Phoenix, Pebble Beach and Los Angeles. 

 

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