Friday , January 16, 2015

Perez Five-Under After Two At Sony Open

It was a good round that had the potential to be great, but after last year’s second half slump, Pat Perez appears to be back on a roll and is in position to make a run entering the weekend.

An opening-round 67 was followed up with a two-under 68 on Friday—with Perez four-under after ten, but giving a few strokes back down the stretch.

The day started with a run of five consecutive pars before Perez shook off the early-morning cobwebs and birdied four of the next five holes.

On the par-four sixth, Perez hit his tee shot 292 yards to the right rough, followed up with a 179-yard shot to the left rough and holed out from 83 feet.

After parring number seven, Perez dropped a nine-footer for birdie on the par-four eighth—made possible by a 317-yard drive to the left fairway and a 130-yard second shot that landed on the green. 

Another 300-plus yard drive on the par-five ninth where Perez’s second 195-yard second shot had him in position to knock down a 29-foot eagle that came up a foot short, though he tapped in for four. 

Birdie on the par-four tenth started with a 309-yard drive to the left fairway, a 37-yard second shot to the green and an eight-footer for three, putting Perez at four-under on the day. 

No. 12 brought the day’s first bogey—a par-four, where Perez hit his drive 257 yards to the right intermediate, his second shot 169 yards to the left rough and his third shot 39 feet to the green, leaving a 13-footer for par that rolled past and a two-footer for bogey. 

On the par-four thirteenth, a 316-yard drive to the left rough, a 174-yard second shot to the front left green side bunker and another 13-footer for par, with a one-foot tap-in for five. 

Perez got a stroke back on the par-four fourteenth, sticking his 166-yard second shot to within six feet and knocking down the birdie putt.

After a par on fifteen, Perez picked up his third bogey of the day after his second shot would up in the front left green side bunker and once on the green, needing an 18-footer for par. 

The par-five eighteenth provided one final birdie opportunity, but the six-foot putt ran wide and Perez tapped in for par, finishing two-under in the day when four- or five under looked like a strong reality with eight to play. 

Regardless, Perez looks like he’ll roll into the weekend in the Top 20 and right back in the mix with a strong Saturday round. Third round tee times announced shortly. 


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