Pat Perez is a 14-year PGA Tour veteran and one of the most unique personalities in the game of golf. Perez was born in Phoenix, raised in San Diego and made his way back to the desert after finishing with medalist honors at Q-school late 2001, resulting in a PGA Tour card in 2002—something he’s maintained every year since.
Perez has earned over $17M in prize money as year fifteen is underway. His lone win came in 2009 when taking the 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer in La Quinta, California. To date he has four second place finishes and forty-three overall top tens. His best finish of 2015 was T4 and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he and his partner Michael Lund won the pro-am portion of the event.
Perez is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, California. During his senior year won the Junior World title at Torrey Pines, besting Tiger Woods by eight strokes. Perez also won the 1993 Maxfli PGA Junior two weeks later at Pinehurst.
From there, a scholarship offer from Arizona State University where Perez was a member of the golf team and helped propel the squad to a National Championship in 1996. He officially turned pro in 1997.
The late nineties saw Perez grinding on both the Canadian and Buy.com tours, finally breaking through in August 2000, winning the Ozarks Open in a playoff.
Eighteen months later, he was a full-fledged PGA Tour member, holding a lead going into the final hole of his fourth-ever professional tournament.
Perez wound up second outright in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Weeks later, a T2nd finish at the Buick Classic, fourth outright at the John Deere Classic, T7th at the Tampa Bay Classic and T5th at the Valero Texas Open, which almost earned Perez ‘rookie of the year’.
Perez wrapped the 2015 season with $1,588,864 in earnings, playing in 26 events. He enters 2016 in his third year as a Callaway Golf staff pro.
A charity that is very special to Pat is Operation Game On. Wounded troops returning stateside are given a chance to take up golf and move forward with their lives. This charity is founded and run by his dad, Tony Perez.
OGO puts on an annual charity golf event at Morgan Run Golf Course in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and has launched a 15-Inch Cup Challenge, as well. For more information, please visit www.OperationGameOn.org.