Monday , April 27, 2015

Perez Back In Action For Players Championship

Pat Perez closed out the RBC Heritage with a final round 70 and T26th finish before taking a week off to recharge his batteries, trekking down to Bakers Bay in the Bahamas for the annual member-guest. Back in Scottsdale, Perez will use this week to practice and sharpen his skills for what will be a five-week run where he’ll look to make a charge. 

Perez enters this week 58th in the FedExCup standings, with the goal of making some moves, starting with next week’s PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass. From there Perez will trek to Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, followed by back-to-back weeks in the Lone Star state, taking on Colonial and the always-spirited Byron Nelson Classic

From there it’s up to Murifeild for Jack’s tourney—the Memorial—followed by a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier on Monday morning as Perez looks to play his way into this year’s event at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington. 

To date Perez has played 14 events on the season, having made 11 cuts, putting together four Top 25 finishes—including a T4th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he also took home the pro-am title with his partner, Michael Lund. 

Perez’s best finish since; T11th at the Shell Houston Open, on the heels of a T20th wrap-up the previous week in San Antonio, where Perez braved Thursday’s early wave and some brutal weather conditions, going 71-69-72 after an opening-round 78. 

Where Perez is playing consistent golf right now and appears primed for a breakout, such wasn’t the case this time last season as things began to unravel soon after a T18th finish in Hilton Head.

Perez took two weeks off before returning for the Wells Fargo Championship, where he finished T44th and after an opening round 68 at the PLAYERS Championship, went 73-75-71, wrapping T48th. 

From there, missed cuts at Colonial, the Quicken Loans National, the John Deere Classic and RBC Canadian Open, as well as a T69th finish at the Memorial, T75th at Greenbrier  and T46th at the PGA Championship.

Perez then went on to miss the cut at The Barclays in the opening round of the FedExCup Playoffs and a second round W/D at the Deutsche Bank Championship ended Perez’s regular season. 

Perez then endured back-to-back missed cuts at the Open in Napa and Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas before making some changes and beginning to work with swing coach Drew Steckel, who made some changes that got Perez on track enough for a T33rd finish in Malaysia and T69th at Mayakoba.
Perez and Steckel continued grinding during the short off-season, but the hard work paid off as Perez came out the gate with a T17th finish at the Sony Open, T30th at Humana and T26th at the Phoenix Open, before finding himself in contention at Pebble and earning his first Top 5 finish since San Diego and Torrey Pines the previous season.

One week of relaxation, followed by one week of putting in work—that’s the name of the game as Perez gets himself ready for a potentially season-defining stretch that kicks off in Sawgrass. 

Check back next week for all the latest from The PLAYERS Championship.  

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