Sunday , April 20, 2014

Perez Fires Final Round 64 At RBC Heritage

Pat Perez didn’t pick up a win at this year’s RBC Heritage, but when it’s all said and done arguably put together one of the tournaments best rounds with a final round 64 on Sunday—under tougher conditions than the afternoon groups will endure. 

Perez carded nine birdies—ten over a sixteen-hole span going back to Saturday’s final hole—at one point getting to eight-under Sunday afternoon, before a bogey on 17 ended a stellar fifteen-hole run. 

Perez opened the day with a bogey on one. After hitting his drive down the left side, Perez hit wedge with his second shot, unable to get 9 iron over the trees. He hit his bunker shot to within 11 feet, missed the par putt and settled for five. 

A good drive on two was followed by 5 iron, which Perez hit to 45 feet and closed with a solid two-putt for birdie. From there, a drive into the left rough on the par-four third, where Perez hit 8 iron to the left of the green and chipped in for birdie. 

After a par on four, Perez hit a good tee shot on the par-five fifth and sent his second shot short and right, chipping up and leaving his shot one foot from the hole, where he tapped in for birdie. 

A good drive on six had Perez hitting 8 iron to within four feet, where he knocked in his third shot for birdie.

Perez two-putted for par on seven, but responded with back-to-back birdies on eight and nine. 

After a solid drive on eight, Perez blistered a 4 iron to the right fringe and dropped a 13-footer for birdie to get to minus-four. On nine, another good drive was followed by l-wedge that flew 64 yards, leaving a nine-footer for birdie. 

Perez parred ten and eleven, but came strong with birdies over three of the next four. 

On the par-four twelfth, Perez ripped his drive and with 141 yards, hit 9 iron to 14 feet and drained a birdie. On thirteen, Perez hit hybrid off the tee and wedge 114 yards, leaving a six-footer for a solid three. 

Perez played it conservative on fourteen, going 7 iron at the front of the green and two-putting for par. 

On the par-five fifteenth, Perez drove right into the trees and hit a second shot lay-up from the waste area with 4 iron to 104 yards. From there, pitching wedge to six feet where he rolled the day’s final birdie.  

Perez went par-bogey-par to close, missing a six-footer on seventeen, dropping back to seven-under on the day. On eighteen, a solid drive left him 184 yards out, where he hit 4 iron to the front fringe, two putting for par. 

Perez averaged 275.3 yards driving distance in the final round, with a driving accuracy percentage of 69.64 and 69.44 greens-in-regulation percentage. 

Perez will sit out the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but will return early May to play five straight—starting with the Wells Fargo Championship, heading over to the Players, doing two in Texas and wrapping with the Memorial.

From there, the US Open qualifier the following Monday in Columbus. 

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