Thursday , October 16, 2014

Opening Round 72 For Perez At TPC Summerlin

Pat Perez fired an opening round 72 at TPC Summerlin on Thursday at the Shriners Hospital For Children Open in Las Vegas. Perez wrapped the day eight strokes off the lead and T101st entering the second round.

Perez opened with a par on one and quickly birdied the par-four second. After hitting his drive 270 yards to the right fairway, a solid second shot flew 200 yards to the green, leaving an eight-footer for three. 

Another solid drive on the par-four third had Perez crushing it 284 yards to the right fairway, following up with a 182-yard second shot to the right rough. Perez got on the green in three, missing a 12-footer for par and dropping an almost four-foot put, getting him back to even after three.

Four consecutive pars followed—with a clutch nine-foot par putt on four—before a bogey on the par-three eighth. Perez hit his tee shot 186 yards to the right green side bunker, 56 feet from the hole. Shot two found the green, leaving Perez a 20-footer for par, which rolled wide, leaving a one-footer for four. 

Another string of pars followed—six consecutive—before a round defining drive on the par-four fifteenth. Perez’s drive went left and sailed 287 yards into a native area, where he was forced to take a drop.

Hitting off desert rock, Perez found the left fairway and faced a 35-footer for par. From there, a six-foot bogey putt and an eventual two-footer for six. 

Three-over on the day, Perez rallied and pulled out two birdies over the final three holes, bringing it back to plus-one on the day. A 304-yard drive and brilliant second shot on the par-five sixteenth left Perez an eight-foot eagle putt that didn’t break, leaving a three-footer for birdie. 

On the par-three seventeenth, a solid 207-yard shot to the green, where Perez left himself a 13-foot par putt, which he rolled in. The par-four eighteenth almost made is three birdies in a row after Perez crushed his drive 304 yards to the left intermediate, put his second shot on the green and almost slipped in a 15-footer for the three.

Instead, a three-foot par putt and opening round 72—followed by a three-hour range session in order to sort things out for Friday. 

Perez averaged 303.0 yards driving distance, 64.29 in driving accuracy percentage and 72.22 in greens in regulation. 

Perez goes off No. 10 at 12:00 p.m. PT for round two, where he’ll again be paired with Jason Kokrak and Trevor Immelman. Thursday’s opening round was suspended due to darkness, which could impact Friday’s start times. 


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