Thursday , July 24, 2014

Opening Round 68 At RBC Canadian Open

Pat Perez got off to a blazing start at the RBC Canadian Open, cooled off on the back nine, but still put together a solid opening round 68 at Royal Montreal Golf Club’s Blue Course.

Perez opened with four consecutive pars before a birdie-eagle-par-birdie run, putting him four-under after eight holes. 

After hitting a 189-yard tee shot to within five feet on the par-three fifth, Perez carded his first birdie of the day and followed with an 84-yard chip-in for eagle on the par-five sixth. Perez hit driver 277 yards to the left fairway and his second shot 230 yards to the left rough. From there, the 84-yarder found the hole in three. 

After a par on eight, Perez came back with a 287-yard drive to the right intermediate, and  99-yard second shot to the right fairway. From there he punched in the 12-footer, parred nine and was four-under at the turn. 

Back-to-back bogeys ensued. On the par-four tenth, Perez hit his drive to the tree outline and punched his second shot 69 yards to get back on the fairway. Shot three was a 128-yarder to the right fairway and got on the green in four, dropping a one-footer for a five. 

The par-four eleventh had Perez in the fairway bunker after a 268-yard drive and eventually staring down a 14-footer for par, which went wide, leaving a one-footer for bogey 

Perez responded with his final birdie of the day on the par five twelfth, hitting his drive 274 yards to the right fairway and laying up with a 191-yard second shot to the left fairway. From there, a 91-foot third shot found the back of the green and with some backspin left Perez a makable 13-footer for three. 

Perez gave one back on the par-four fifteenth, but parred five of the final six holes en route to 68. The Tour veteran averaged 272 yards in driving distance, 64.29% in driving accuracy percentage and 55.56% in greens-in-regulation percentage. 

Perez will tee it up Friday at 12:45 p.m. local time, going off No. 10 and again paired with Matt Bettencourt and Jeff Overton


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