Thursday , January 14, 2016

Opening Round 72 For Pat Perez At Waialae

Pat Perez birdied his first hole of the year at Waialae on Thursday, but carded two bogeys en route to an opening round 72 at the Sony Open.

Perez started on No. 10, hitting his tee shot 320 yards to the front left green side bunker and his second shot 88 feet to the green, setting up the five-foot birdie putt. 

From there, five consecutive pars with Perez’s best look at birdie coming on the par-four fourteenth—a 17-footer that rank two feet long after hitting his tee shot 297 yards to the right rough and his second shot 154 yards to the green.

The day’s first bogey occurred on the par-four sixteenth after Perez failed to knock down a 14-foot par putt—his tee shot going 263 yards to the left rough, setting up a 111-yard second shot to the left fairway.

Perez responded with seven pars in a row, with few birdie looks. A 16-footer on the par-five eighteenth that ran a half foot long and wide, while a 12-footer on the par-four second came up a few feet short. Perez had a good look at a five-footer on the par-for third, but the putt didn’t break and rolled two feet long. 

The day’s final bogey occurred on the par-four sixth after missing a six-foot par putt, but Perez responded with three consecutive pars to close out the opening round at Waialae—another six-foot birdie putt not falling on the par-five ninth. 

Perez averaged 285 yards driving distance on the afternoon and was 42.86-percent in driving accuracy, hit 77.78-percent greens-in-regulation, 50-percent in scrambling and was -2.75 in strokes gained putting. 

The turnaround for Perez will be a quick one as he’ll go off of No. 1 at 7:20 a.m. local time, where he’ll again be paired with Marc Leishman and Spencer Levin.  



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