Sunday , January 18, 2015

Final Round 65 For Perez At Sony Open

Pat Perez might not yet be back to last year’s form—where he left Honolulu with a T8th finish before going on a west coast tear—but T17th at the Sony Open and a Sunday round of 65 could prove to be a tone-setter over the next few weeks.

Perez opened the week 67-68 at Waialae Country Club, before a topsy-turvy round of 70 on Saturday (five birdies, five bogeys). In the final round, the birdie-streak continued, while the mistakes were minimized, en route to a one-bogey round of 65, putting him ten-under on the week. 

Another fast start on Sunday as Perez birdied the par-four tenth. After a 277-yard drive to the right fairway, Perez followed up with a 85-yard shot to the left fairway and chipped in from 15 feet. 

Three consecutive pars followed before the day’s first bogey—where a six-foot par putt sailed wide on the par-four fourteenth, leaving Perez a two-footer for bogey.

From there, birdies on the par-four sixteenth and par-five eighteenth had Perez two-under at the turn.

On sixteen, a 139-yard second shot left Perez an 11-footer for a three, while eighteen was highlighted by a 219-yard second shot to the left fairway, leaving a 23-foot chip-in for eagle. Perez dropped his third shot within a foot and tapped in for four.

After parring one, Perez birdied the par-four second—where a 197-yard second shot left a ten-footer, which found the bottom of the cup. From there, five consecutive pars before the birdie-birdie finish—taking Perez from T30th to T17th. 

Perez bombed his drive 316 yards on the par-four eighth, followed up with a 139-yard shot to the green and rolled in a 26-footer for birdie. On the par-five ninth, a great 217-yard second shot after a 266-yard drive to the left intermediate. Perez then stuck his third shot to within four feet and knocked down his fifth birdie of the afternoon. 

Perez averaged 288.9 yards driving distance on Sunday, 66.67% greens-in-regulation and had a 64.29% driving accuracy percentage. 

Perez played four events during the fall season and is set to play all six west coast events. His T17th finish is his best since finishing T11th at the Valero Texas Open last March. Five events into this season, Perez is current 106th in FedExCup points and has made three cuts. 

Next up, a return to La Qunita for the Humana Challenge which Perez won in 2009 when it was the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

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