Wednesday , April 15, 2015

Tee Times For Heritage & Perez On SiriusXM

Fresh of this week’s Hootie and the Blowfish-hosted “Monday After The Masters” event in Myrtle Beach, Pat Perez made the annual trek back to Hilton Head for another RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

A quirky event for Perez over the past thirteen seasons, due to proximity and the layout of the Tour schedule. Scottsdale to Hilton Head Island is a trek and New Orleans hasn’t been a common stop for Perez over the years, making the Heritage a one-off, should he play. 

Perez is coming off of back-to-back T18th finishes at Harbour Town and a T6th in 2011. The five previous years, Perez didn’t play three of them (2008 through 2010), coming off of back-to-back injury-related withdrawals. 

In 2007 Perez pulled out after an opening round 71 and was sidelined two weeks before returning. The year prior, a tendinitis-related issue in his elbow forced a W/D and almost two months of therapy, treatment and rehab ensued. 

In Perez’s first three attempts at the Heritage, starting with his rookie season in 2002, three missed cuts before a T13th finish in 2005, finally getting the hang of the narrow fairways and course layout. 

Perez recently discussed his thoughts on the Heritage with ESPN’s Michael Collins, as the two have teamed up for a monthly radio show on SiriusXM, called “Out Of Bounds”—where golf is always the main subject, but the pair is prone to go off-topic.

In regards to Harbour Town Golf Links and what the Tour pros will face this week, Perez opened up after Collins asked about the rough, or lack thereof. 

“They don’t need it [rough] because the fairways are narrow and the greens are small. Some of the smallest greens on Tour and they got a lot of big trees, a lot of pine needles and you get some swirling winds out there,” Perez explained and further elaborated. 

“It’s a course, you have to play, like half of it—when I mean half, you look down the fairway  you gotta be on the right half … You can be on the left side of the fairway and have no shot. You can be on the left side of the fairway and have no shot. 

There’s so many holes, if you track it, you have to be—even if you’re in the rough—I mean we did it today, you know? Every hole, like No. 1, you have to be down the right side, no matter what. Even if you’re in the rough, it opens up the whole green. I’ve been over there on the left, perfect lie in the fairway. No shot. Two, you gotta be left. 

It’s a phenomenal course, it’s in great shape. I’m hoping the weather’s gonna hold up, but it’s an awesome week here. They redid the clubhouse. New locker room. New putting green. It’s just top-shelf here.”

Tee times have been set for the first two rounds, with Perez getting the late/early draw, which could help on Thursday regarding weather.

Light rains are expected throughout Wednesday night and up through 8:00 a.m. ET on Thursday morning, but should subside by Perez’s 11:50 a.m. tee time—where temperatures should reach 70 degrees, with winds blowing NNE around 11 mph. 

Come Friday, the rain is set to start back up around 9:00 a.m., continuing through the mid-afternoon, with Perez going off of No. 1 at 7:10 a.m. He’ll be paired with Carl Pettersson and Adam Hadwin both days. 


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