Back in Playing Shape

By Pat PerezJuly 7, 2006, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: This is a weekly chronicle of the life & times of PGA TOUR star Pat Perez. Visit him at www.PatPerezGolf.com for Pat's daily blog, music-fueled photo galleries, online store & more.
 
Hey everyone, PP here. Checking in with you on a Thursday evening. Was going to blog a few days back, but figured it made more sense to do so after Thursdays opening round. After so many weeks on injured reserve and writing from home in Scottsdale, I figured the loyal readers were ready to actually hear about some golf-related activities.
 
Thankfully, Im writing tonight after a solid round. I went -2 today. Four birdies and two bogeys on a day when I really wasnt expecting to do all that much. I attempted to play The Memorial and the Barclays Classic, but I really wasnt physically ready. I was really disappointed with my performance in those two tourneys. I wasnt physically ready to come back, but I gave it a run, didnt shoot well, still felt some nagging pain and came home for three grueling weeks at Athletes Performance in Scottsdale, AZ. Masa, Jeremy and Sue really beat the tar out of me this past month. You name it, they did it. Whether it was physically working on the back or time spent stretching, lifting weights, etc. ' whatever they did there, it worked. I feel great right now and a huge part of that is due to my strict workout regimen this past month.
 
The rest is due to my coach, Mike Owen. We spent the past three days really honing in on certain aspects of my game. 'O' felt I was lining up too far right and was still getting too far over the top. He wanted me to get my body left, get my shoulders squared and get my swing going inside out. We worked on it at the range, in the practice round and even in the Pro Am. Thankfully, things fell into place rather easily. Im still sort of taken aback with todays round. I really didnt expect to shoot as well as I did. My attitude going into The Memorial was to just finish and not WD. That was sort of my attitude this week. I never go into a tourney with an expectation lower than winning ' but coming off of injury and a long layoff, its a fine line between optimistic and realistic.

To shoot a 69 in my first competitive round in almost a month ' I was more than satisfied with that and cant wait to get back out there tomorrow, bright and early. I love going late on a Thursday and early on a Friday. Theres almost no down time, like when you go early and then late. Any guy out here will tell you that. Especially when you go low on Thursday. You cant wait to get back out there on Friday.
 
Recapping the past few days ' I played my practice round Tuesday with John Daly and Todd Fischer ' better known as JD and Fishbone. No real highlights, but everyone was feeling healthy and optimistic about the upcoming tourney. I got to hang with JD on the off nights this week and again, its just great to be back out here with the boys. I get cabin fever when home and just love being out here on the road.
 
The only downer about Tuesday was a missed opportunity in regards to another round of batting practice. My bud Jermaine Dye (yeah, World Series MVP Jermaine Dye seriously) invited me to take some BP like I did with (Pat) Burrell a few weeks back in Philly. Unfortunately, my practice round ran late and they had a day game on the 4th. I was ready to get out there again after my stint with the Phillies, but it wasnt meant to be this time around. Ill get em next time. Im hoping to get out to a game while Im out here, but well see.

I tee off at 8:21am CT on Friday and am already back in my routine. My back guy Jeff Banaszak from www.Back9Fitness.com is headed over bright and early to get me stretched and work on my problem areas. Jeff is going to start writing a weekly column on my website (www.PatPerezGolf.com) - offering up golf-related workouts, stretch tips and all kids of other pointers. Make sure to drop by and check it out. Were starting up next week.

On that note, off to bed. We have an early tee time tomorrow and Ive been all out of whack since Sunday. My last night in Scottsdale, my brother Mike (we call him The Hate ' if you see him out here, thats his nickname) and a few other bros took in the Cinderella and Poison concert at Cricket Pavillion. It was off the hook. Poison was solid, but Cinderella is one of my all time favorite bands and they stole the show. Seriously. If the Cinderella guys read this column, I want them and The Cult to play a house party when I win my first tourney out here. Thats been a dream of mine for years. Their show the other night was unreal. I missed them their last few tours, so that was the ONE saving grace being off the road the past few weeks; getting to see Tom Keifer and the boys tearing it up.
 
Three more solid rounds of golf and that victory rock show could be right around the corner. We'll see. I have my work cut out for me. Some big time players atop the leaderboard and a lot of golf left to be played.
 
More next week from the John Deere, then it's back 'home' to San Diego for a week. Padres/Phillies; Edwin McCain in Anaheim on Monday; my buds, Hootie & the Blowfish at Humphrey's By the Bay on Thursday; and, of course, opening day at the Del Mar Track on Wednesday with the boys.
 
Thanks for stopping by. - Double P.
 
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Pat Perez is in the midst of his fifth season on the PGA Tour. 'Double P' earned his PGA Tour card as the Q-School Medalist in 2001 and was part of the 1996 NCAA National Championship golf team at Arizona State University. Visit Pat at his website www.patperezgolf.com or his page at MySpace.com

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET

An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.



Original story:

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.



Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.