A Day in the Majors

By Pat PerezMay 24, 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. Double P here checking in from Scottsdale this week. I just got back home Monday after a weekend out in Philadelphia. I headed back east to hang with my bud Pat Burrell (LF, Phillies). He trains and lives in Scottsdale during the off season so he, Mark Mulder (Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals) and I definitely have a good time and tear it up when our seasons end.
 
I headed out last Thursday night and Burrell was flying in from the Phillies series at Milwaukee. We met up, grabbed dinner and geared up for a long weekend at the ballpark.
 
I found out earlier in week that PB had me lined up to take some batting practice before their weekend series with the Red Sox. Some of my old buds from back in the day might recall how much I dug the batting cages at Family Fun Center in San Diego. Thankfully the elbow was feeling better because there was no way Id miss the opportunity to take BP in the big leagues before a Phillies vs. Red Sox series.
 
I headed into the locker room and they had a No.1 Phillies jersey with Perez on the back in a locker for me. Unfortunately I wasnt allowed to wear it on the field because it was retired for Philly legend Richie Ashburn years ago. My caddy mentioned to me after the fact that I shouldve had them put #60 on the jersey to commemorate my 12-under round at the Bob Hope last January. (Wish you told me that beforehand, H. Your time.)
 
Third Base Coach Bill Dancy threw BP for me and Hitting Coach Milt Thompson was busting on me for not crowding the plate enough. Of course as soon as I did, Dancy started throwing inside, giving me some chin music. I guess I didnt get the memo that it was Pick on the PGA TOUR Guy Day.
 
Manager Charlie Manuel was telling me to tee up a golf ball and hit it out of the stadium. I wasnt sure if he was kidding, but either way I didnt trust my aim enough after seven weeks off. Last thing I need to do is take out a Philly fan.
 
Not to mention with over 44,000 in attendance the whole experience was a little bit intimidating. I dont like to whiff at the batting cages in front of friends, let alone in front of a capacity crowd at Citizens Bank Park.
 
After BP, I checked out both teams locker rooms and got to chew the fat with Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and Curt Schilling ' who Ive met a bunch in Scottsdale out at Athletes Performance, where we both work out.
 
All of the Phillies were solid as well. Everyone was extremely cool and made me feel at home. It amazing to me how many of them love golf and had questions about the game. As much as I wanted to know about life in MLB, all these guys were interested in what we do on the PGA TOUR.
 
Surprisingly, the routines are pretty similar. The guys all get to the park in the morning, hit the locker rooms, change, talk shop, tell stories, joke around and then start getting down to business. Early BP at 3:30, stretching at 4:20, another round of BP, opponents take their BP at 5:30 and then back in the locker room until the 7:05 game time where its more hanging out and getting mentally prepared.
 
Matt Clement was throwing for Boston on Friday night, so the Philly video guys put together footage of him throwing in past games. They have this stuff playing throughout the clubhouse on all the TVs so everyone can watch his action and get a feel for what hell throw that night. Again, one of those things youd never really think of ' but like all professional sports, there is a science and method behind everything.
 
I ended up going to all three games this weekend and watched from the suite with friends and family of the players.
 
Another thing I thought was solid was how everyone went nuts over Aaron Rowland when his picture popped up on the big screen. Hes on the DL right now from running face first into the outfield wall last week.
 
I got to talk to him and hes still jacked up. Stitches in his lip and bruises all over. He explained that the guys who set up the field forgot to put the bottom padding on the wall. Of course thats the night he goes face first at full speed. No regrets, though. Hed do it all again and thats why his teammates and the fans love him. When he gets back from injury, that crowd will go nuts for him.
 
That was pretty much my weekend ' three ball games, a couple rounds of BP and getting to hit the town with King Burrell. He really is the man in Philly.
 
As for my golf game, I finally got down to business and hit a ton of balls on Tuesday. Im a bit rusty, but Im feeling pretty solid. Ive been back in the gym for two-a-days this week and Im trying to get my strength and stamina where it needs to be so I can compete against the best of the best. Im taking it slow and I know Ill get it back, but Im a little frustrated my game is off right now and that I lost so much of the strength I worked on building up last year in the off season. I know Ill get it back, but Im a little impatient right now.
 
Next Thursday at The Memorial, I am going to get after it pretty hard. Im not expecting too much my first week back out there. My goal is to finish the tournament and remain pain-free. If so, itll be off to the Barclays Classic and time to climb back up the money list. I was No. 31 the week after the Players Championship and two months later Ive slipped all the way to No. 56.
 
I really want to push myself to the limit that first week. Its the only way to really see if Im ready to go. Worst case scenario, I re-aggravate the elbow, withdraw and have to sit the rest of 2006 out. I dont even want to really let my mind go there, but I know its a possibility. Better to find out right away than to go light for a few weeks and re-aggravate it on a big shot a month from now screw up my status for 2007.
 
Ill just get out there next week, hope to play good, give 110%, stay within myself and let the chips fall where they may (I love sports clichs ' dont you?)
 
A special thanks this week to my boy Burrell and the Philadelphia Phillies organization ' especially Charlie Manuel, Bill Dancy, Mick Billmeyer and Milt Thompson. That was definitely a once in a lifetime experience and something Ill remember for a long time. Ill get those PPGolf shirts in the mail for everyone.
 
Also, check out PatPerezGolf.com and the blog section in the next week or so as well have video footage of me taking BP live on the site.
 
See you at The Memorial. ' 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
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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.