Sunday , April 5, 2015

72-67 For Pat Perez Over Weekend At Shell


Pat Perez got to three-under on Saturday before giving three back, finishing even and staying put at five-under after 54 holes. Come Sunday, a completely different story as Perez put together a bogey-free, five-under round of 67, wrapping the Shell Houston Open ten-under and all but assuring himself of back-to-back top 20 finishes in Texas. 

Looking back on the week at the Golf Club of Houston, Perez shot an opening round 71, giving back two over the final two holes, but responded with a bogey-free 68 on Friday, getting him to five-under on the week, as the cut moved to minus-four by end-of-day Thursday.

Saturday’s theme; missed opportunities as Perez got to three-under after eleven, but bogeyed No. 3, No. 4 and No. 9 down the stretch. On Sunday, another flawless round like Thursday’s, with some missed birdie opportunities the only true setbacks. 

Perez opened with back-to-back pars before carding his first birdie of the day; coming on the par-four third. After hitting his tee shot 237 yards to the right fairway, Perez sent his second shot 141 yards to the green and went on to knock down a 14-footer for three. 

Two consecutive pars followed before a birdie-par-birdie run got him to three-under.

Perez hit his tee shot 273 yards and followed with a solid 157-yard shot, setting up a 30-footer for birdie, which found the bottom of the cup. On the par-five eighth, Perez kicked in a 17-foot birdie putt, after a 273-yard drive to the left fairway, a 192-yard second shot and an 83-foot third shot that found the green, 

Perez parred No. 9 but birdied the par-four tenth, rolling in a seven-footer for three. On the par-five thirteenth, Perez hit his tee shot 284 yards to the left fairway, his second shot 253 yards to the right fairway and almost chipped in for eagle from 46 feet out, eventually tapping in for a 10-inch birdie putt. 

Throughout the round, some clutch par putts kept Perez from giving anything back. On the par-three fourteenth, a 14-foot par putt and on the par-four seventeenth, a ten-foot par putt followed after a 93-foot second shot from the right green side bunker. 

Perez averaged 280 yards driving distance in Sunday’s final round, going 66.07-percent in driving accuracy, 73.61-percent in greens-in regulation and 0.642 in strokes gained putting. 

Next up for Perez, an off-week home in Scottsdale before trekking to Myrtle Beach to participate in the Hootie & The Blowfish-sponsored “Monday After The Masters” event, followed by another crack at Hilton Head and the RBC Heritage.  

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