Sunday , March 30, 2014

Perez Finishes T11th At Valero Texas Open

Pat Perez carded his lone final-round birdie at the Valero Texas Open on the eighteenth hole—underscoring how difficult the conditions and set-up at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. The final two groups were a combined 18-over on the day.

Eventual winner Steven Bowditch shot a final-round 76, winning by a stroke while his playing partners Matt Kuchar and Andrew Loupe each wrapped the day with matching 75′s.

Perez was paired with Kevin Na—who fired a 76—and Daniel Summerhays, the lone member of the final two pairings to come in under par, at 71.

Perez got off to a rough start, going bogey-par-par-bogey—two-over after four.

An 11-foot par opportunity on one ran wide, leaving a two-inch tap-in for bogey, while the bogey on four was the result of a 28-foot par putt going coming up short.

Perez did save par on number three after his tee shot went wide left, leaving a 59-foot birdie putt that he ran to within four feet, tapping in for three.

Two-over at the turn, after five straight pars, Perez picked up another par on ten before a double bogey setback on the par-four eleventh. He’d earn par on twelve before a bogey-par-par-bogey run between thirteen and sixteen, pushing him to six-over on the day.

Showing some fight until the event’s 72nd hole, Perez hit a 316-yard drive to the left fairway on eighteen and sent his second shot to the left rear green side bunker. 38′ from the hole, Perez got onto the green and left himself a 12-footer for birdie, which he drained to get back to five-over.

Perez wrapped the week 68-71-69-77 and T11th and is projected to jump from 32nd to 30th in the new FedExCup standings.

Perez is sitting out next week’s Shell Houston Open and will be back in action mid-April for the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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