Saturday , May 16, 2015

Saturday 68 For Pat Perez At Wells Fargo

Pat Perez eked into the weekend after a late bogey by James Hahn moved the cut line from one-under to even, but made the most of his Saturday opportunity at the Wells Fargo Championship and got moving early, en route to a third round 68.

Perez birdied three of his first four holes and was five-under after seven, before finally giving one back. Four-under at the turn, Perez shot even on the back nine with two birdies, two bogeys and fire pars. 

After a par on the day’s opening hole, Perez went birdie-birdie-birdie starting with an 11-foot putt on the par-three second. On the par-four third, a 291-yard tee shot to the right fairway was followed by a 148-yard second shot to the green, setting up a four-footer. The par-four fourth saw a 15-foot putt fall after a 297-yard shot to the right intermediate and 172-yard second shot to the green.

A birdie opp was missed on the par-five fifth as a ten-footer rolled wide, leaving a two-footer on the comeback. Perez responded with a 220-yard tee shot on the par-three sixth, setting up a 14-footer for two, getting him to four-under on the day.

On the par-five seventh, Perez made sure his 89-yard third shot did everything it was supposed to, landing on the green and rolling to within four feet for a very make-able birdie putt. 

Perez carded his first bogey of the day on the par-four eighth, missing an eight-footer for four after hitting his tee shot 257 yards to the right rough, where he eventually knocked down a two-footer for five.

After making par on nine, Perez attacked the par-five tenth with a 296-yard tee shot to the right rough, a 219-yard second shot to the left intermediate and a 97-yard third shot to the green, leaving a one-foot tap-in, getting him back to five-under on the day.

From there, a par-par-bogey-par stretch, sniffing birdie on the par-four twelfth when a ten-footer ran wide and set up a five-foot par putt.

With one par-five remaining, Perez made Quail Hollow pay, hitting his tee shot 295 yards to the right rough, his second shot 207 yards to the left fairway and his third, 87 yards to the green, presenting a nine-footer that found the bottom of the cup getting him back to five-under on the day, where it looked like he’d stay before a seven-foot par putt on No. 17 ran long and wide, setting up the 2’7″ putt for bogey. 

A 12-footer didn’t go on the par-four sixteenth, while it would’ve taken a 21-foot birdie on No. 18 to get back to five-under. Perez parred both holes surrounding the late bogey, for a much-needed 68. 

Perez averaged  291.70 yards driving distance, was 54.76-percent in driving accuracy, 75.93-percent in greens-in-regulation, 46.15 in scrambling and -0.05 in strokes gained putting. 

Perez’s early tee time on Saturday means most of the field is still gearing up for their moving day run, so the current T26th won’t stand, though four-under after three will allow for another solid finish if he can match that effort on Sunday.

Stay tuned for final round tee times.


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