Friday , April 17, 2015

69-71 For Perez After Two At Harbour Town

Pat Perez got to work early in the second round of the RBC Heritage and took the long way to even at Harbour Town Golf Links on Friday.

Much like Thursday’s opening round, Perez carded a few early birdies, battled with some mid-round bogeys, knocked down some clutch pars and nabbed two late back nine birdies to level things out.  

After opening with a par on No. 1, Perez went birdie-birdie. On the par-five second, Perez hit his tee shot 274 yards to the right rough, followed up with a 199 yard shot to the left fairway and stuck his third shot to within seven feet, where he knocked down the putt for four. 

On the par-four third, a 277 yard shot to the right fairway, followed by a 185-yard shot to the green and a 19-foot birdie putt.

The day’s first setback occurred on the par-three fourth when a 12-foot birdie opportunity rolled six feet past the cup and Perez sent the par putt long as well, eventual tapping in a two-footer for bogey. 

Perez regrouped with four consecutive pars, but missing a few birdie opportunities. A 15-footer on the par-five fifth ran long, while a 26-footer on the par-four eighth came up a half-foot short.

The par-four ninth resulted in another bogey as Perez needed two shots to get out of the front center green side bunker, eventually knocking down a much-needed 12-foot putt for five. 

Even at the turn, Perez went par-bogey-par and was plus one with six remaining. A 225-yard tee shot on the par-four thirteenth an 144-yard second shot put Perez on the green with a six-footer for birdie, which he knocked down, getting back to even on the day. Perez quickly gave it back, missing an eight foot par putt on the par-three fourteenth, tapping in a one-footer for four. 

A 19-foot potential birdie putt on the par-five fifteenth ran long, but Perez managed to get one back on the par-four sixteenth. After a 276-yard tee shot to the right rough, Perez stuck a 132-yard second shot to within five feet from the pin and quickly knocked down the much-needed birdie putt. 

On the par-three-seventeenth, a 19-footer for birdie ran long, setting up a five-footer for par, while a 32-foot potential birdie opportunity stopped two cups short, leaving the short tap-in for four. 

Perez averaged 278.30 yard driving distance on Friday, with a driving accuracy percentage of 67.86, was 66.67-pecent in greens-in-regulation, 50-percent in scrambling and 0.53 in strokes gained putting. 

Saturday’s tee times will be announced at day’s end and as of 1:30 p.m. ET, Perez sits at T25th with the currently cut line at at plus-one. 

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