Friday , March 28, 2014

Second Round 71; T4th Entering Weekend At Valero

Pat Perez started the second round of the Valero Texas Open atop the leaderboard and after a gusty front nine on Friday, remains in good shape entering the weekend, carding second round 71.

Perez started on the back nine, taking advantage of ideal conditions, and capitalizing.

After opening with two straight pars, he went birdie-par-birdie and was two-under after five. Perez bogeyed the par-four fifteenth, but went birdie-birdie on sixteen and seventeen and hit the turn three-under on the day.

A 14-footer on twelve set up the day’s first birdie. On fourteen, Perez knocked in a birdie putt from six feet out.

A 188-yard approach shot left Perez with a six-inch tap-in for birdie on the par-three sixteenth, while a birdie on seventeen came courtesy of a nine-foot drop-in.

The day’s lone setback took place on number one when Perez double-bogeyed the par-four first.

An errant tee shot left the Tour veteran in early trouble and things only got worse as his second shot went left, as well. Once on the green, Perez left himself a three-footer for par, but pushed it and the unforgiving greens at TPC San Antonio made him pay—three-putting his way to six.

From then on, consistency and some long par putts in windy conditions kept Perez in the hunt entering the weekend. Perez dropped a seven-footer on on the par-three third and a ten-foot par putt on number four, just to stay at one-under, where he finished on the day.

Perez enters Saturday’s round five-under and three strokes off the lead. His third round will get under way at 11:20 a.m. local time, paired with Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays.


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