Saturday , April 18, 2015

Pat Perez: 67 On ‘Moving Day’ At RBC Heritage

Pat Perez left a couple out there on “moving day”, but still put together his best round of the week at Harbour Town Golf Links, carding a Saturday 67 in what’s been a spirited RBC Heritage thus far.

Perez opened with a par on the day’s first hole, before almost coming up with eagle on the par-five second. After ripping his tee shot 269 yards to the right rough, Perez flew his second shot 215 yards to the green, leaving a seven-footer for three. The putt ran a foot long, but Perez tapped in the one-footer for four. 

Three consecutive pars followed—coming somewhat close on all potential birdie putts over 30′—which set the stage for the par-four sixth.

Perez hit his tee shot 278 yards to the left fairway, sent his second shot 133 yards to the green and knocked down the 26-foot birdie putt to get to two-under on the day.

Back-to-back pars ensued on No. 7 and No. 8 before Perez picked up one more stroke before the turn.

After hitting his tee shot 241 yards on the par-four ninth, Perez was on the green in two, leaving himself a 12-footer for three, which he dropped. The momentum carried over to the par-four tenth as Perez rolled in a 20-footer for three after a 267-yard tee shot to the right fairway and solid 176-yard second shot to get on the green.

The day’s lone blemish came on the par-four eleventh, as Perez missed a 10-foot par putt after finding the right rough on his second shot and needing three to get on the green. 

From there Perez parred six of the final seven holes, but did take advantage of the 588-yard par-five fifteenth, making birdie. After hitting his tee shot 286 yards to the right fairway, Perez sent his second shot 191 yards to the right fairway and his third, 85 yards to the green—setting up a 12-footer, which he knocked down, getting back to four-under on the day. 

A birdie opportunity presented itself on the par-four sixteenth, setting up a 14-footer which rolled wide. Perez went on to par the hole and the did the same on No. 17 and No. 18, facing 20-plus-foot birdie putts that didn’t fall.

Perez averaged 276.20 yards driving distance, had a driving accuracy percentage of 73.81, was 68.52-percent in greens-in-regulation, 58.82 in scrambling and 0.98 in strokes gained putting. 

Saturday’s round remains underway for the leaders, with tee times set to be announced this evening. As of 4:00 p.m. ET, Perez is currently T21st and seven strokes off the lead.  

Inclement weather is expected Sunday afternoon at Hilton Head—an 80-percent chance of rain and thunderstorms—forcing RBC Heritage officials to push up tee times. Players are set to tee off between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. ET for the final round, with groups being sent off the first and tenth tees.

Perez wrapped last year’s RBC Heritage with a Sunday round of 64 after carding a 74 on Saturday.  


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