Friday , October 10, 2014

Perez Misses Cut In Napa, Finds Some Answers

Pat Perez was back in action at this week’s Open in Napa, CA at the Silverado Country Club, shooting a day one 77 and having too much ground to make up with Friday’s early morning round.

Perez carded a second round 73, but a deeper look at the scorecard showed an impressive turnaround, despite a few too many blemishes to mount a comeback and make the cut. 

Thursday round opened with back-to-back birdies and quickly derailed after Perez went bogey-bogey-double and was plus-four after five.

The day’s lone birdie came on the par-three seventh, with Perez knocking down a 26-foot putt for two, but back-to-back bogeys on ten and eleven put him at plus-five on the day, where he finished after seven consecutive pars to close out the round. 

As Perez shared via Twitter late Thursday, the Tour veteran spent the remainder of the afternoon on the range, working through some issues and the effort was certainly noticeable at times on Friday. 

Perez opened the day with a birdie on the par-four tenth, but gave two strokes back with a double on twelve, scrapping back from a penalty shot and eventually dropping a three-footer for six.

Adversity was immediately dealt with as Perez birdied the par-four thirteenth, hitting his drive 251 yards to the right rough, putting his second shot on the green and knocking down a 17-footer for three.

Three consecutive pars followed—including a nice save and nine-foot putt on the par-three fifteenth—as well as a birdie on the par-four seventeenth, where Perez stuck his second shot to within four feet for the easy tap-in.

One-under at the turn, Perez parred one, but bogey the par-three second when missing a three footer and settling for four. After a par on three, a monster setback with a triple on the par-four fourth—another hole where both driver and putter were an issue. 

Still, Perez responded with a strong finish—despite being eight strokes off the cut line with five to play.

A birdie immediately followed on the par-five fifth, courtesy of another stellar third shot, leaving a four-footer for four. Three consecutive pars followed before Perez capitalized on another par-five—sticking his second shot to within three feet and tapping in for four on his final hole of the day. 

When comparing Thursday’s and Friday’s rounds, Perez had one birdie yesterday to today’s five. Driving distance was also up from 268.2 yards to 285.5 on Friday.

While the end result was another missed cut—Friday provided some bright spots, leaving Perez with something to work with at home this weekend before making the trek to Las Vegas early next week for the Shriners Hospital for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.  


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