Thursday , April 2, 2015

First Round 71 At Shell Houston Open

The birdies were there, but so were a handful of bogeys and when all was said and done, Pat Perez wrapped Thursday’s round at the Shell Houston Open with a one-under 71. By day’s end that left him eight strokes off the lead and T66th going into Friday’s afternoon round. 

Perez got off to a hot start, stringing together three consecutive birdies after a par on the day’s first hole.

On No. 2, a seven footer got the momentum started, followed by a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-four third. On No. 5, Perez his his tee shot 271 yards to the left fairway and followed up with a 228-yard second shot to the right rough. From there Perez dropped his third shot within five feet from the cup and knocked in for four. 

The day’s first bogey came on the par-three seven after hitting his tee shot 144 yards to the right green side bunker, setting up an eventual seven-footer for par that ran a foot past the cup. Perez quickly got one back on the par-three ninth, hitting his tee show 213 yards and leaving a five-footer for two. 

Thursday’s back nine proved was a series of missed opportunities—pars where birdies were an option, as well as a few more untimely bogeys. Perez knocked down a 14-footer for five on the par-four tenth before stringing together five consecutive pars. 

Perez got back to three-under on the day with a birdie on the par-three sixteenth—draining a 32-footer for two—but gave up two shots over the final two holes, bogey No. 17 and No. 18, both par-fours. 

Perez averaged 281 yards driving distance on the day, 61.11 greens-in-regulation percentage and 50-percent in driving accuracy. 

Friday’s second round tee time is set for 1:30 p.m. local, where Perez will again be paired with John Huh and Steve Wheatcroft



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